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Two Percent Makes a Difference

Two Percent Makes a Difference

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Published by: Jim Poitras on May 23, 2012
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Two Percent Makes a Difference
ByJames G. PoitrasThe local church walked in to visit the family doctor for a spiritual check-up. The doctor said
, “There isgood news and bad news. Which would you like to hear first?”
 
The local church responded, “Let’s get the bad news over first.”
 
The bad news:
Historically the trend has been for a church denomination to drift or move away from their foundationaldoctrines over time. Just a two percent decline in church health causes a steady, slow, sure decline.John Trent, author of 
Heart Shift 
, and a professional counselor, tells of a plane trip where he sat beside
a NASA petroleum engineer. He took advantage of the opportunity to ask the missile scientist, “How
many degrees can a space rocket be off before it becomes a huge problem? Could it be two degrees
off?”
 
The man pulled out his calculator and started punching in numbers. “To be two degrees off from whenyou blast off, and taking into consideration the time and distance traveled, you’ll miss not only your
poin
t of orbital entry, but you’ll miss the moon by 11,121 miles.”Trent goes on to say, “Just be two degrees off from the right heart attitude, add in enough time anddistance, and an entire church can end up miles from God’s heart.”
John Wesley once said,
“I am not afraid that the people called Methodists should ever cease toexist…But I am afraid lest they should only exist as a dead sect, having a form of religion without the
power. And this undoubtedly will be the case, unless they hold fast both the doctrine, spirit, anddiscipline with
which they first set out.”
The
Charisma
magazine (October 1993) quoted the Assemblies of God general superintendent as saying,
“We might be Pentecostal in doctrine but we’re not Pentecostal in experience.”“Too many people,” George Wood said (in the same meeting), “are leaving our churches unchanged,
unmoved, unsaved, unfilled, unsanctified and unmotivated to turn their heart and will over to Godcompletely. We need a holy fire which sets aside business as usual in the
church until Jesus comes.”
Timothy Beougher and Alvin Reid in
Evangelism for a Changing World 
 
cautioned, “When adenomination’s theology changes, that change almost always begins in the seminaries that train itsleaders.”
It is paramount that we as Bible school educators take special note of what was just stated.
Many colleges started out with the objective of teaching God’s Word but have strayed far from that.
God forbid that this ever happens in our apostolic Bible schools.

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