I received an email this morning from a woman concerned that her church has brought in a women's program out of Campus Crusade for Christ that she has looked over and has felt uncomfortable with. Here's the promo for the program:
"Announcing the release of The Significant Woman -- an exciting, newly published, biblically based life coaching discipleship resource for women. It presents 6 biblical life principles--or PEARLS--in creative ways. The principles are facilitated within a Life Coaching Group and Peer Coaching environment.
The Significant Woman PEARLS biblical life principles help women:
** Be encouraged to take the next step in their personal journey with Christ.
** Creatively grasp and apply the truth that their worth comes from Christ.
** Discover and celebrate how uniquely God has created them.
** Articulate their core values and identify their personal mission, which is a reflection of God's purpose and His mission."
I'm not one to mince words - so this was my response:
Dear Dolly (name changed to protect the discerner)
This is mainstream churchianity - trying to turn the bible into a self-help psychologized system of churning out Stepford wife clones. The bible is NOT a self-help book nor is it about me. Our focus should be on Jesus, not self. When we love Jesus and are grounded in His word we are conformed to His image. These methods try to imitate that but there's no spiritual power in such things.
Other than that, this is typical Focus of the Family/Campus Crusade money-raising capitalism at work. A ChristianityToday approach to church life I would classify under lukewarm vomit.
But the pastor doesn't know what else to do with the women in the church, so that's the best they can come up with.
This is not Spirit-led so you find yourself in a powerless place. == The Church of Laodicea - but that IS today's church. You can choose to pass up on going, but there isn't much you can do to sanctify the apostasy.
"The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts." - Rom 13:12-14
"Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord." 2 Cor 3:16-18
"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." - Rom 12:1-2