Is Your Church Too Mission-Minded?
Yesterday I wrote a post entitled: Is Your Church Too Friendly?
As a greater number of visitors enter the church doors tomorrow ask yourself: Is your church too-mission minded?
By this question I wish to re-affirm that Holy Worship is not a mission event. The church does not assemble to convert the world but, at the risk of stating the obvious, to worship. To worship the Father in Spirit and Truth (John 4:24).
Holy Communion with Jesus, for that is what worship is, is for the initiated. The baptized. The believer. Indeed any unbeliever in attendance, though polite, would understandably walk away perplexed because these things are "Spiritually discerned." (1 Cor. 2:14)
And so the church should not try too hard to play to the visitor, to convert him or, by meretricious means, make him want to come back for more. The church should especially not do this at the expense of God's people whose chief duty is to worship God. Formally. In church. This is their day. This is their time.
That said let us also realize that any unbeliever coming to the church's worship will be blessed. He will be enlightened, and see things that he has never seen before. What effect they will have is above our pay grade. He may be afflicted in his comfort, or comforted in his affliction by Christ. But let the church stick to being church: and if unbelievers come, let the angels of God rejoice, and the Spirit do his good work.