Featured in the January, 2015 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News
The Low-Commitment Church is very popular because we live in a low-commitment culture.
Example: Many people have become accustomed to the 5-day, 40-hour work week. However, the Scripture calls for a six-day work week (Exodus 20:9) and a 12-hour day (John 11:9; Matthew 20:1-6). Who has ever built a successful business on a 40-hour week?
So, a Low-Commitment Church fits right in with the lifestyle of many people. You attend only one service a week and then, only when it’s convenient. You give when you want, and if Sunday attendance is not agreeable, then there’s a Saturday evening service. The service is mostly entertainment, so you become a spectator rather than a worshipper.
A real Bible-study program is not possible because it needs lots of teachers, who must prepare the Bible lessons and this involves high-commitment. So, kids are shuffled into a “Children’s Program” to see a video or watch some puppets. A real Vacation Bible School is also labor-intensive, involving the leadership of high-commitment people. Low-commitment people are not up to this.
However, there is a big problem. The Low-Commitment Church does not fit the profile of a Biblical church. It certainly does not look like the church we read about in the book of Acts. And, the low-commitment Christian certainly does not measure up to what Jesus said: “So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be My disciple” (Luke 14:33).
A Low-Commitment Church may have baptism without membership, violating the very symbolism of the ordinance which has to do with dying out to the old life and rising to walk in newness of life.
Also, the Low-Commitment Church may have communion for the person who is not baptized. In Scripture, baptism always precedes communion. This modern practice of communion without being baptized has been totally unknown in the 2000-year history of Christianity.
The Low-Commitment Church is like the product of the taxidermist. It tends to look good on the outside, but inside there’s not much of significance.