Tough Economy Has A Beautiful Outcome

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  1. Magnetic Poles

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    Two Baptist churches in Louisville, KY have found a solution to the tough economy's impact . . . merge. What is notable is one is a predominately white church, while the other is predominately black.

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    Why is that so notable?

    Both churches were already integrated.

    The real question is, will the merger reach more people for Christ or fewer?
     
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    Economics 101. Theology 101. Sociology 101.
     
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    Notice...the word "predominately". It is very notable, in that they are working to overcome suspicion, different styles of worship, and the obvious race differences to worship God. If you don't see how this is newsworthy, I can't help you. There is still much racial division in America. These folks are trying to overcome that. They are to be commended.
     
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    The real question is, will the merger reach more people for Christ or fewer?

    They are to be "commended" only if reaching more people is the purpose.

    Race doesn't matter to Christ. Neither does "newsworthy".

    Do you have an answer to the question?
     
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    There is no way to answer your question today. Only time will tell if more people will be won to Christ or not.
     
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    What he said.

    Plus, this is Kentucky...smack in the Bible belt, so I doubt many Louisvillians have not heard of Christ.
     
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    The purpose is the question.

    And it is answerable.

    Apparently reaching new people for Christ comes in third behind economics and race as the reason to merge. (according to your source article)

    Pity.

    Even more of a pity is your handy rationalization for reaching new people for Christ not being the purpose.
     
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    Don't know if I agree with that. I'd rather belong to a church that shares the love of Christ to 1 person well than to 1,000 people poorly.
     
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    How does one share the love of Christ "poorly"?
    How is that possible?
     
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    Presenting a works based faith.
     
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    Are you kidding me? There is no shortage of poor examples on this board.
     
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    Not kidding at all.

    One either shares the love of Christ or doesn't.
     
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    Close.

    But presenting a works based faith message is not "sharing the love of Christ" at all.

    It is misleading others about how to be saved.

    But this is off topic.

    I believe these 2 churches merged for mostly economic and social reasons that had nothing to do with reaching the lost. Instead it had everything to do with buildings and facilities and money andf perhaps even the livelihood of a minister or two.

    If they really wanted to reach the lost, they would have established missions or other churches instead of closing the doors of one to make the other larger and more economically sound. It appears they were short on faith and long on "Economics 101".

    And that is truly a shame.
     
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    Would they change their name to "gray baptist church?"

    (you know..black plus white....oh, never mind)
     

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