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.
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
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 🙂