Quote: How the Church Became an Enterprise

Derek Ouellette —  October 25, 2010

In the beginning the church was a fellowship of men and women centering on the living Christ. Then the church moved to Greece where it became a philosophy. Then it moved to Rome where it became an institution. Next, it moved to Europe, where it became a culture. And finally it moved to America where it became an enterprise.

– Richard Halverson

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  • http://web.me.com/craigadams1/ Craig L. Adams

    Second sentence: “philosophy.”

    Very true: The USA has turned the church into a business, applying business principles.

  • http://covenantoflove.net Derek Ouellette

    Thanks Craig! Those darn things always slide through 😮

  • http://northshorechurch.ca Dan Valade

    I actually subscribe to the belief that the church is and has always been the Bride of Christ. To over glorify the early church in an attempt to point out current flaws in our western church world misses the disturbingly large amount of sin that was present from day one, thus the need for much of the New Testament Epistles. Regardless of where the church is (geographically, historically, etc) she is, has been, and will continue to be a beautiful thing. Grace and redemption flowing out of a group of messed up people! I refrain from pointing the finger at the “America” way of church as being the problem. She’s still the bride. I, for one, really don’t want to trash talk Jesus’ wife.

  • http://covenantoflove.net Derek Ouellette

    Dan, neither do I want to trash the bride of Christ. In fact, I don’t believe that is what this quote does. I believe there is a difference between the visible church and the invisible church. While the latter may be a part of the former, it is the latter who are truly the bride of Christ.

    You’ve got a good pastors heart man. :)