A village is where people live. A Potemkin Village is where people pretend to live. Like Potemkin Villages, churches today are mere facades of the one that we see in the New Testament.
Churches today use New Testament vocabulary, but don’t produce the same outcomes.
Churches today try to simulate New Testament outcomes, but don’t have the same power.
Churches today claim to have New Testament power, but pretend more righteousness than they actually produce.
The solution is not for the churches to try to do better. Rather, the solution is for them to quit trying to do church at all. They should seek what the New Testament church sought: the kingdom of God. The difference for us is that the kingdom of God is already here while the New Testament church had to wait on it to come. (See The Kingdom of God Is Here and Now.)
The New Testament church prepared to enter something that was not yet present. We prepare to enter something that is everywhere present.
Potemkin Villages are useless, except to try to fool people who don’t know any better. The New Testament sought the kingdom of God with its very life. They would be the first to stand up today and say that church is not the object and never was the object. Let us repent and seek the kingdom of God!
The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in biblical terms.