Those with the Biblical commitment and personal humility needed to actually function together as part of a simple organic church in their home or other hospitable local gathering place …

Do.

Those who don’t have the requisite Biblical commitment and personal humility to make it work in their own lives and home towns, but nonetheless try and repeatedly fail …

Seem most inclined, regrettably, to then write books and blogs – and travel around – telling everyone else how to.

Unfortunately, great has been the wreckage they’ve caused.

Such “organic church” writers and “itinerants” peddle what they themselves don’t do, under a plethora of misleading titles and slogans like:

Beyond Evangelical and Deeper Life (Frank Viola); Subversive and Red Letter Christians (Keith Giles); House2House and Apostolic Workers (Milt Rodriguez, Jon Zens, Keith Giles and Felicity Dale); Viral Jesus (Ross Rohde); Houses That Change The World (Wolfgang Simson); and Unchurching (Richard Jacobson).

When it comes to them and their mutual promotion networks, be discerning …

Because you can’t get to authentic from phony.

Nor can you get there with their general distain for God’s plenary authority of Scripture as His written Word …

Or their competing, trans-Biblical existential ideologies.

Please hear me:

For the health of God’s people, it’s time for those of us who are actually making simple, participatory churches work in our own lives and home towns – through a firm commitment to the apostolic foundation already laid in Scripture as God’s authoritative written Word – to begin looking towards each other for mutual encouragement.

If we refuse to be discerning and instead continue to look to – and promote – those who peddle other agendas, pretenses and foundations …

Then their persistent pattern of failed lives and failed churches will continue to be a hindrance to our own churches and what God wants to do elsewhere.

Their bad fruit and inability to make their own books work in their own lives and home towns – or consistently and sustainably anywhere else – should be a clear warning which we all heed …

No matter how deceptively charming and misleadingly enticing they otherwise may seem.

Healthy churches and healthy lives deserve no less.