Is Bigger best and does more mean blessed?
A gentleman, who had a title of Pastor said of his Father, “My Father pastored a church for 18 years that never grew more than 75 to a 100 members, and he was OK with it”.
” My posture screamed, “Is there something wrong with that?”
Evidently the Pastor thought there was.
Unfortunately, I have seen, heard of, been around, and have associated with a church which focused primarily on numbers, the number of members, the number of tither, or the number of people watching on YouTube. Manifold times leaders of churches and their member equate God’s blessing, His favor, and the success of its church by the number of members on its roster.
However, I have a firm belief that God’s blessing may not coincide with a comfortable existence or that he would implement the worlds idea of success, to express His blessing or His favor...
For example, two churches, one has 3,000 members the other had 40. Which church does God favor?
Jehovah’s Witnesses will not acknowledge Jesus is deity they do not accept Him as Lord or God, however, according to August 2014 organizational statistics published in the 2015 Yearbook of Jehovah's Witnesses, worldwide membership exceeded 8.2 million adherents involved in evangelism, convention attendance exceeded 15 million, and annual Memorial attendance exceeded 19.9 million. Should we consider them blessed or having God’s favor?
The Islamic faith (Muslim’s) with about 1.6 billion followers, almost a quarter of earth's population, Islam is the second-largest and one of the fastest-growing religions in the world. Although this religion denounces Jesus as savior, Lord, or Deity they flourish. Should we consider this faction that persecutes Christians, as blessed or having God’s favor?
Does having a large congregation mean that God has blessed or that His spirit is present? I beg to differ.
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