Sent: Friday, June 02, 2006 12:57 PM
To: KRUPPRadChr – 1
Subject: June Charisma
From: Nate Krupp [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
I recently forwarded to you two articles (that had been forwarded to us)that appeared in the June issue of Charisma magazine that were favorable to the house church concept. Our issue finally arrived and we discovered that the Editorial was quite negative. I have written the following letter to Charisma –
June 1, 2006
Mr. Lee Grady, Editor
600 Rinehart Rd.
Lake Mary, FL 32746
Dear Brother Grady,
Greetings in Jesus’ Name!
I have read with interest the two articles (“God is Out of the Box” and “George Has Left the Building”) and your editorial regarding new church paradigms in the June issue of Charisma. Thank you for your courage to get into these matters.
I must say that I do not agree with your editorial. The house church folks that I know – and I know many – are among the most deeply spiritual people I have ever met. They have left the traditional church in obedience to GOD in favor of a more New Testament paradigm .
As for “biblical structure and New Testament order” I’m not sure what you mean. If you mean the spontaneous way the meetings develop, that’s what the Scriptures teach – 1 Corinthians, chapters 12-14, summarized in 14:26. They are not “loosy-goosy revolutionaries” but people who have learned to hear His voice and be led by Him. It is a real joy to see Christ¹s Body being led by Him rather than by man.
If you mean leadership, most groups know who their elders are. And the believers are learning what it means to truly submit to one another.
If you mean outside input, most groups have apostolic and prophetic input from a number of traveling ministries. I have spent many years helping new house church groups get started and giving input to existing groups. I know deeply what I am talking about.
I do agree that some who have left their local churches have done so as a result of being wounded by controlling pastors, and, because of that, are bitter. We have had to minister to many of them, helping them to forgive and to be healed.
I have ministered on every Continent for over 45 years and have been part of many major new things including the personal evangelism emphasis of the 60’s, the charismatic renewal of the 70’s, YWAM, the city church emphasis, etc., and I must say that the current, developing, world-wide, house church movement is the most biblical, spiritual, workable, simple, easily reproducible, growing, Christian movement in the world. I believe it is the missing link to fulfilling the Great Commission.
Please take another look – for your sake and the sake of your many readers.
GOD bless you, my brother.
Yours in Christ,
“But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these other
things shall be added to you.” – Matthew 6:33