(A.R.C) Churches Pose Many Problems

I personally get very tired of the contemporary church, as difficult as this is I will continue to expose the falsehoods of bad theology and practices, with God’s grace and His all sufficient Word…The Holy Bible. Most of the time I feel like my head is going to explode listening to these “cool hipster” pastors and watching their worldly practices. They are so far from Biblical Christianity, that if a person get’s saved in a church like this, it not because of the convicting preaching, but in spite of it, as the case with me. I must also confess, I have a very difficult time understanding why any person would want to attend such worldly churches if they are truly are a Christian. I never know whether to evangelize these people or treat them like brethren. It has been said, by a very prominent pastor, that about 5% of people are probably actually Christians that sit in the “sanctuary” (I mean the multi-purpose room) every week. We are going to take a look at the ARC church movement, and put it under the lens, of Biblical Christianity. There are some (A.R.C) churches that are listed on their website in our area, and unfortunately churches that are not listed seem to be following the same business model as these (A.R.C) churches.

So what is an A.R.C church? ARC stands for the Association of Related Churches. This is a church organization, a business model used to plant churches. Their vision as stated straight from their website

WE ARE AN ASSOCIATION OF RELATIONAL CHURCHES WORKING WITH CHURCH PLANTERS AND CHURCH LEADERS TO PROVIDE SUPPORT, GUIDANCE AND RESOURCES TO LAUNCH AND GROW LIFE-GIVING CHURCHES.

arcchurches.com

The motto “Life giving church” has nothing to do with Jesus and his sacrifice on the cross for our sins. Life giving has nothing to do with Jesus’s blood being poured out as a living sacrifice for the wickedness of man. It has nothing to do with repenting of your sins, or obeying the Lord. Instead, it’s more about the branding of your church and getting your church’s name out in the community. It’s about all the good works your church does for the community and how wonderful you are. There is no glory given to God. None

The above video is the perfect example of what the A.R.C organization is all about.

He talks about uncertainty being whether or not their is going to be a Big 1O this year with football, not the down grade of culture.

They are all about the experience of church, rather than sound doctrine.

They have women pastors, which goes against scripture.

Twists scripture a lot!!!

They do keep track of the numbers, statistics, in order to receive support from A.R.C. Folks this is a pyramid ponzi scheme business!

They brag about how much they are giving to the community.

No bible out

Dream Teams all volunteers that do not get paid nothing, like the Mormon church

The church is growing because of our dream team?!

Cool muscle shirts and very nice looking people, that seem perfect.

Motivational speaking. No talk of sin or Hell and how wicked we are. (I do want to say this pastor in the video did mention Hell and Sin briefly.)

EVERYONE is welcome no matter what. When you have a relationship with Jesus then you become a member of the Experience Church. And if you are not a believer that’s okay too.

The full gospel is not preached.

Everyone is needed. But not in the way the Bible says. Works based religion.

All kinds of translations of bibles including The Passion Translation, (which is to me avoided like the plague!)

The pastors vision with a very tight knitted together group of people that agree on this vision, and can not be criticized.

Small groups

Manipulative music

Drama

No gospel

God’s big Dream

They reinstate pastors after they disqualify themselves

Twist scripture, especially Ephesians 3:20 to make God a dreamer that will give you what you want

Here is the video of the reason for this church planing business

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These are just a few things that are the problem with these types of churches. I am going to be writing a series on this, hopfully it will make people wake up.

God Bless 🙂

28 thoughts on “(A.R.C) Churches Pose Many Problems

  1. “They are so far from Biblical Christianity that if a person gets saved in a church like this, it not because of the convicting preaching.”
    You made this statement above. I’m confused. Only God has the power to move one to accept him as their Lord. No amount of preaching without God’s presence will impact anyone. As for building churches worldwide, God commanded us to go into all the world and preach the word. Isn’t that what the ARC churches are doing? Ponzi scheme!? Don’t all churches have volunteers, and don’t all churches give to the district over their church?

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  2. momma – I read your comments, and then I read the linked article you left for Amie…
    I am a member of one the churches referenced in your spiritual attack. I believe that to be exactly what it is – a spiritual attack. It isn’t referenced specifically by name, but you attacked all ARC churches in your comments.
    So please understand that until you have sat under my Pastor while he preaches, you cannot pull words/messages/sermons out of context and use them as a basis to judge the church. Nor can you accurately get a “picture” of what we do, how we act, or how we reach the lost world around us. As far as Salvations & Baptism, the convictions are REAL when they occur. I’m sure that, as in every church, there are a few that might not be sincere. But it is not our place to judge the heart of another – only God is qualified to pass judgment on someone’s soul condition. The Book of Life is not ours to read.
    Yes, our doors are open to everyone. None of us are called to deny anyone the privilege of hearing the Word of God. I would venture to guess that there might be some visitors from time to time that aren’t living the Gospel, but again that is not for us to judge. We hate the sin, not the sinner. If Jesus is knocking on the door of someone’s heart, who are you to tell them they are not welcome in His house?
    The full Gospel is preached and taught! We have studied sin, starting with that first piece fruit, all the way through the devil’s lies, schemes, his methods and manipulations, to the birth of Jesus; His amazing life journey, His persecution, torture, death on a cross, and most importantly His resurrection! He’s Alive – Hallelujah!
    Yeah we do talk about the numbers. We are taught to give God our 10% of the top: whether it’s money, time, attitude, service… It is nice to hear that our tithes are helping further the Gospel of Christ, provide food to the hungry, help to clothe and shelter the homeless, and provide disaster assistance to those hurting from natural disasters,etc. we don’t support a ponzi scheme!
    It blesses my soul to hear that others have given their hearts to Jesus (which by the way includes admission of being a sinner; belief in Jesus Christ [born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, tortured and killed for my sins, rose from the dead three days later, & ascended to heaven]; confession of those sins and the profession that I am nothing but a filthy rag without Him in my life… I wanted to be sure you know I am sincere about Him)!
    We are also warned about the wolves in sheep’s clothing (I think I’m writing to one of them now). We are warned that satan will stop at nothing to send people to hell – including attempting to deceive by manipulating the truth and taking words out of context.
    We are also taught that being a Christian doesn’t automatically mean that we will never face trouble; it is not an easy path to walk… we are to enter through the narrow gate and avoid the broad path that leads to the wide gate. Consequently, we are also warned not to believe any teacher or pastor that tries to convince us to give to their church to support their fancy clothes and expensive lifestyles (especially when they consider themselves famous with a large TV audience that can easily be manipulated – I added that myself). True we are promised streets of gold and a mansion – but not on this earth.
    Matthew 7 1. “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?”

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      1. No ma’am. We do not.
        BTW: I am a Dream Team volunteer. I serve in various capacities as needed on Sundays. My husband and son are volunteers as well. We consider it to be a privilege, not a burden.

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      1. Yes. We see that too. It is troubling to me; it grieves my soul because I know both family and friends that could wear that name tag.
        But not because of the church we attend. It’s because they believe the lies of the devil over the truth of Jesus. The ground is level at the foot of the cross – the Blood of Jesus will wash white even the worst of us if we are willing to repent and ask Him for forgiveness… satan tells people that their sins are greater than the power of Christ.

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    1. Also does your church have an A.R.C manual they have to follow? When the Bible is our only supreme authority. And does your church lose support if you don’t meet the baptism and salvation quota? These are all questions I am wondering about, because I heard this does happen in some churches. And if this happens I stand with what I said.

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      1. No ma’am. We do not have a quota or a manual.
        The Word of God has supreme authority. The Bible is the only Book that we follow.

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      2. I ask because the other ARC churches have a manual. The “Dream Team” is part of ARC philosophy and is unbiblical. Were in n scripture does it say to have a dream team?

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      3. “Now the large group of those who believed were of one heart and mind, and no one said that any of his possessions was his own, but instead they held everything in common.”
        Acts 4:32
        We work together for our Worship – we serve rather than wait to be served by others.

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      4. Worship is more than music and going to church. It’s a way of life through obedience to God’s Word. Everything we do should be to glorify God not ourselves. Acts 4:32 was for the Apostles, I would have to study this passage more, but certain gifts where only given to the apostles to show their authority. The apostle office stopped when the apostles died.
        Our church shows love to one another by serving each other too, but we don’t have a dream team, we have a family.

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      5. I agree with you completely that church is more than just music and worship. And our Dream Team considers each other to be family. We do life together. It is way more than just a Sunday service for us. We are working together to fulfill the Great Commission, the Gospel message of Jesus Christ!
        It isn’t all about the name of our group. It is exercising our faith by utilizing the spiritual gifts that we have been given. Some are blessed to work with children; others are blessed to talk with people (greeting, information, etc).
        I can promise you that we are a real, genuine, scriptural, Jesus preaching, hell acknowledging, Gospel furthering church.

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      6. That’s good, but my article was about the organization in general. We also pulled my children out of a churches that had children’s programs that didn’t teach them anything. There emphasis was on having fun over the teaching of God’s Word. Also the church services turned off the lights in the “sanctuary” or now they call it a worship center and played heretical music from Elevation, Bethel, and Hillsong whipping people into some kind of emotional frenzy/trans. Pastors wore skinny jeans and tried to look cool. If your church is not like this then your church is few and far in-between.
        One of my favorite hymns is “Give Ne that Old Time Religion.” Let’s get back to looking like the church of the Bible. Take down the stages, the lights, and bands and lets bring back the alters with pulpits and we all read from our Bibles instead off a screen. This is what our church does and it’s a blessing to no to look like the rest of American Christianity.

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      7. I am glad that you and your family have found a place of worship where you feel connected to Jesus. It’s important.
        We used to attend a church similar to what you’re describing. But they were consumed with apathy. They literally sat on the pews every Sunday waiting on someone else to serve or do the work. They wouldn’t even walk across the street to invite the neighbors around them to visit; but they were more than willing to lament over waning attendance, decline in tithes (No one was there to give), and lack of maintenance to the building (again not enough people to do it all).
        My family left after they decided, as a church, to stop tithing to missions. We prayed and fasted before arriving at that point… but we are better for it.

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      8. Our church is very involved in missions, we just had a missionary come and speak last Sunday they are going to India. Our pastor is a very faithful pastor and does not water down any doctrine. We have a few families that come that travel over an hour to come church on Wednesday, Sunday mornings and Sunday night. Our congregation of about 200 people is very giving and most of our tithe goes to missions only with people who are biblically sound. Even during the pandemic we had more money than ever before come in. God is blessing our church because we care about lost souls more than meeting people’s felt needs. Our pastor also had a job besides sheparding our church. If you look at our budget most of our money goes to missions. Ours pastor takes a very small salary compared to other pastors around here and he is our only pastor. He never lets anyone in the pulpit in unless he knows they are biblically sound. And he and his wife loves us all very much. We all serve each other and I am talking about all the members not a select few. We only have men elders and Decons as God Word says too. ARC is not like this, the chuch here in our area has women pastors.

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  3. We direct visitors to various departments within the church such as Nursery, children, or Youth; volunteers that serve as ushers to help people find seats before the service; volunteers that pass out information on upcoming church activities; member check-in; we greet visitors; hold doors; direct parking; and most importantly, we pray throughout the service for our pastor & staff, for the lost, for the children in attendance and their families, for those who are sick, under spiritual attack, etc.
    The name Dream Team is a reference to all star team that competed in the Olympics decades ago – a group of players that overcame challenges and worked well to win.

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    1. Okay my husband is a trustee, he teaches Sunday school part of the security team, and I sing in the chore and special music, we both greet, and work in the nursery. We serve also, humbly alone with many other members of our church. All church members pray ect… we are not better than anyone else, certainly not a”dream team.” My husband and I knock on doors and evangelize the lost along with others people in our church. Because God says this is our reasonable service, to serve and obey God. We are not a seeker sensitive church, just your basic biblical church were God’s Word KJV, is preached and the main focus of our services. God says His word is above His name.

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      1. Well the dream team does not operate under the assumption that we are better than anyone else or somehow supreme over other members who do not volunteer.
        It is just a classification that encompasses many different volunteer groups.
        As I explained earlier the children’s team, the greeters team, the visitors team, etc. I can see where you would take issue with it, but as I stated earlier, it is hard to form a conclusion without actually participating firsthand.

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  4. Once a church plant gets up and running, the following financial guidelines are spelled out on the ARC website:

    It takes big money to plant a church, and when it comes to funding, our goal is to make sure you have the resources you need. If you complete all steps in the ARC process we will match the money you raise by contributing $30,000 – $50,000 in the form of a zero-interest loan plus and up to an additional $20,000, if needed, during the first six months to help your new church meet its budget.
    Starting on month seven, after your launch, you will begin to repay ARC at a rate of 10 percent of your church income. Since ARC churches give 10 percent (or a tithe) to missions, this amount counts as your missions dollars during the repayment period.
    Once you have repaid the funds loaned to you by ARC, your missions giving will be 2 percent to ARC and 8 percent or more to your choice of recipient(s).

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