I cannot vouch for the accuracy of this quote. I read it online as the report from a television station in a Southern city. A large, new, huge church in that city had made the news because the previous Sunday its leaders had asked a woman to leave the church and take her severely handicapped child with her.
The child, according to the article, had made noises during the service. The kind of noises one might expect a handicapped child to make.
“We’re not set up for handicapped people,” she was told.
The crowning statement came from–according to the article–a staff member who said, “Our church is not about ministry. We’re about worship.”
Pardon me while I throw up.
Where in the sam hill, I want to know, did someone come up with the idea that it’s possible for disciples of Jesus Christ to pick and choose the portions of the Gospel they will abide by?
Where did churches get the idea they may choose to emphasize evangelism or ministry or worship or Bible study or doctrine to the exclusion of all the others?
At what point did we decide it’s all right to subdivide the gospel?