PASTOR DAVID WILLIAMSON'S MAY MESSAGE
No, I don’t mean no requirements for membership. I mean, there’s no such thing as membership. There is no covenant. There are no promises made to one another. There’s no commitment to a common set of beliefs and rules and dreams.
At one level, I suppose it’s understandable in this day and age. All those warnings we heard from our pastors as we grew up about the dangers of consumerism – defined by two simple questions: “What’s in it for me? and “What have you done for me lately?” – have come to roost. Cooperation and understanding has been replaced by brutal competition and an open disregard for rules and traditions. As a result, we have a dizzying array of options and possibilities.
But it’s also sad. The “prosperity gospel” is spreading around the world, replacing the grace of God with the promise of personal success. Instead of seeking the common good, there’s an emphasis on winning. Making “a joyful noise” to the Lord is being replaced by entertaining the masses. Denominational and church “families” are being abandoned in favor of people who “buy” the same products or ideas. When I started in the ministry, people would ask for a letter of transfer [of membership]; now, they call in and say we can “take them off the mailing list.”
Jesus calls us to be His church, not His subscribers or His fans. He calls us to “accept the cost and joy of discipleship, to be His servants in the service of Men, to proclaim the Gospel to all the world and resist the powers of evil, to share in Christ’s baptism and eat at His table, to join Him in His passion and victory.”
I want to challenge each and every one of you to make a public declaration of faith in God’s will, God’s vision for the church. Come and be present with us for worship and fellowship. Forgive and embrace one another and be the church God’s Holy Spirit calls us to be.
And by all means, invite your family and friends to join you.