Without meaning to belabor the subject, but it amazes me that the new "Community Church Movement" started and promulgated by denominationalism, so attracted some of our learned brethren that they jumped in bed with them, no questions asked. (They seem to feel if this movement will attract multitudes of people and cause me to be widely known as a master discipler, bring me fame and more money, let me have it now!)
I hope that they will all use the term "Community Church" and leave the Lord's name out of it. It will be very fitting. Their argument is that it will attract and gain more people in our present day society. I agree that it will probably do that, but what is it gaining them for? Certainly not for Christ or eternal life. And the really bad thing about it is that Hebrews 6: 4-6 applies here, as does 2 Timothy 4: 3-4.
This should not really be surprising, however. We have been guilty of this since the Restoration movement. Actually, God's people have been guilty of it since the creation. We've never been satisfied with the simple word of God, but have always wanted to add "some new thing" to that word. Since the restoration, we have been as the Israelites who wanted a King like those around them. Every new thing that has been introduced by the various denominations, not withstanding that they were unauthorized in His word, have been grabbed by some of our brethren just as though God had forgotten to put that in!!
I am not aware of just what denomination Bill Hybels is a member of. I am informed however, that his cohort, Rick Warren, "Doctor Pastor" of the Saddleback Church in California, is of the Southern Baptist Association. Regardless of this, visit and read the articles linked below..2 articles by E. L. Bynum of the Tabernacle Baptist Church (Independent Baptist) in Lubbock, Texas. In the Web of Compromise and another The Bill Hybels Way
Even though it may seem futile, we need to continue to pray for those who are astray, that they might see their error and return to the fold. The days are swiftly passing.