Eddie Arthur looks at two criticisms of Independent Churches and makes some observations.
There is one important distinction.
This one is instructive.
Why does God do what he does? Why does God allow the things to happen that do? Somewhere in that answer, his omnirationality features.
I suspect if you’re not looking for get outs on what the plain reading of scripture happens to be, you’ll probably agree with this one.
‘Mark tells the story of Jesus in a little over 11,000 words. That’s 7-8000 less words than Matthew and Luke. He is concise, intentional, and action-packed. This begs the question, why stop and tell us about the clothing and diet of John the Baptist?’ Fair question.
‘It may seem perverse but since we made membership a more stringent affair, we have found it has done nothing but increase the desire of people to join. We have grown more since we determined (because we see it in scripture) that baptism brings one into membership which confers the right to join in communion and serve in the church. It can hardly be surprising that if there is no discernable difference between members and non-members, few people will see the point of becoming members at all.’