SNT (Stained Napkin Theology)
December 18, 2017, 12:00 AM

21st Century Church Corruption

Here is a brief outline based on 2 Cor 11:3-

But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

Again in Good News Bible translation:

I am afraid that your minds will be corrupted and that you will abandon your full and pure devotion to Christ—in the same way that Eve was deceived by the snake's clever lies.


1) Corrupted Motive [phobeo] leads to Corrupted Means [poce]

fear...[phobeo] {pres/mid-dep/ind} I, myself, am seized with/struck with/entered into a state of fear

>Fear rather faith becomes driving force of a church


means...[poce] by any thing at all...anything goes...all things are lawful, no limits, no reserves, no fouls, anything & everything 

>Unregulated worship...anything not expressly forbidden by Scripture is acceptable in church.

>Regulated worship...only elements warranted in Scripture are acceptable in church

2) Corrupted Means [poce] leads to a Corrupted Mission [exapatao]

beguiled...[exapatao] {aor/act/ind} ...thoroughly & utterly, no limit, no reserve, totally, completely...

>Serpent's mission was to corrupt God's creation through corrupting Adam by deceiving Eve

3)Corrupted Mission [exapatao] leads to Corrupted Methods [panourgia]

subtilty...[panourgia]   pan + ergon = collective acts/experiences/works - [current spelling: subtlety]

...craftiness (ASV)
...cunning (ESV)
...cleverness (GNB)
...tricks (ISV)
...treachery (NET)

>Business elements: envisioning, contextualizing, marketing, etc., the primary tools of today's church growth strategy, are substituted for repentance, cleansing, annointing of the Holy Spirit, and gospel proclamation in Spirit and Truth!

v 4...another spirit

4) Corrupted Methods [panourgia] leads to Corrupted Minds [noema]

minds...[noema] mental perception, thoughts, considerations, ponderings

(Col 1:21)  And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
Php_2:5  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

>Deceivng of the mind (ta noemata) is different than corrupting of the will 

>Leadership begins to think that church success depends upon leadershp personal ability and performance

>Membership begins to think that church is about their needs and desires


5) Corrupted Minds [noema] leads to Corrupted Message [haplotes]

simplicity...[haplotes] singleness, pure, openness, sound, whole, uncomplicated, uncomlex

v 4...another gospel

>"Your Best Life Now" ... Enough said?


5) Corrupted Message [haplotes] leads to Corrupted Messiah [v 4 -Ieosus]

v 4...another Jesus [allos Ieosus]

>Our fallen nature drives us to derive a God of our liking. Usually derived from focusing on a single attribute of God, ie, "God is love" to the detriment of all other aspects.


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