The Nonexistent “Seeker Sensitive” Church Model

Recently, I came across a great podcast entitled, “Fighting for the Faith“. It is hilarious, but also very sad. I had no clue that so many “seeker sensitive/friendly” churches were out there. I also didn’t realize just how crazy most of them are. I always found it funny that a church model’s title would center around something that doesn’t exist…

As it is written:

‘None is righteous, no, not one;

 no one understands;

no one seeks for God.

 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;

no one does good,

not even one.’ -Romans 3:10-12

No body seeks after God. The only reason someone can seek after God is because God instills his Spirit inside of a person. The only way a person can understand God is by having God’s Spirit inside of him/her. We are truly worthless before the eyes of God, but because of Jesus’ wonderful work, we are made worthy by his blood. That last sentence is often ignored by these mega churches. The Gospel is often never spoken of in these “seeker sensitive” movements. What do we get instead?

Rick Warren’s books:

  • “The Purpose Driven Life”
  • “The Purpose Driven Life: Graduate Edition”
  • “Leading Small Groups with Purpose”

Joel Osteen’s books:

  • “Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential”
  • “Scriptures and Meditations for Your Best Life Now”
  • “Daily Readings From Your Best Life Now: 90 Devotions for Living at Your Full Potential”
  • “Your Best Life Now for Moms”

These two men are synonymous with the “seeker sensitive” movement. However, do you see the major flaw in the books they put out? You don’t even need to read them to see what the problem is…the Gospel is nowhere to be found! Unfortunately, I read “The Purpose Driven Life”, and I never recall seeing the Gospel. I only read about how I could make my life better by living according to a “purpose” that may or may not be centered around Scripture. I have only flipped through Joel Osteen’s new book, but he doesn’t write about Christ paying the due penalty for sin. Instead, he writes about how you can make your life better. It is actually really nice because he breaks it down into 7 easy steps (sarcasm).

What these two men, and many others like them, lack is the Gospel. They don’t preach Christ crucified. Instead, they preach about how you can make your life better. Read the words of the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 2:1-5:

And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom.  For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.  And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling,  and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,  that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. 

A preacher who does not consistently preach Christ crucified is leading their congregations to destruction. They use their influence to change the world, but they never clean the inside of the cup. They are always focused on doing something instead of properly understanding and preaching Scripture. They work hard on their sermon’s, but focus more on their life stories instead of Christ’s amazing work on the cross. They use lofty speech to draw, imaginary, “God seeking” people into their churches, but they do not preach Jesus Christ and him crucified.

If you are currently sitting under a teacher that follows a “seeker friendly” model for church, I urge you to get out. I encourage you to find a church that is not only biblically based, but preaches Christ crucified for the forgiveness of sins.

The wolves are out in full force…don’t get eaten.

Thanks for reading.


About Travis Berry

I am a blatantly honest person who loves to think, read, discuss, and write about God and theology. I have a bachelor's degree in Youth Ministry from Crown College. I work at a church in Houston, TX as a Youth Director and love every minute of it! I am married to a wonderful woman named Becky and we have one amazing child! I have a love for God's Word, and a fervor to live it out in the fullest, and I pray this blog reflects that. Thanks for checking out AnotherChristianBlog!.

Posted on June 25, 2012, in Christianity, Culture, Life, Theology and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Wow. Thanks for not being afraid to proclaim what you’re seeing about this church movement: that it is not centered around the gospel. It’s easy to think these movements are innocent or even helpful, but the true test is God’s fire:

    “[E]ach one’s work will become obvious, for the day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire; the fire will test the quality of each one’s work. If anyone’s work that he has built survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, it will be lost, but he will be saved; yet it will be like an escape through fire.” 1 Corinthians 3:13-15 (HCSB)

  2. We are not worthless before a holy and awesome God but we are unworthy and unable to come before Him in an unredeemed state. We have an inherent worth as both the creation of God and as image bearers of the one who created us but have become worthless in the purpose of our creation and that is the reflection as true image bearers, ultimately, the Glory of Christ…

  3. I know…just wanted to clarify for those visiting.

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