As an Asian Christian exposed to intentional discipleship in the Philippines, the American “Christian culture” shocked me
Fresh off the boat, I looked for a local Christian fellowship to acclimate. I was warned—American churches are different compared to the Philippines.
I first went to a huge “suburbian church.” I signed up for a small group, but there was nothing for three weeks. I sent an email, and a pastor called. He asked if I was a church member. I said no, and he wrapped the conversation—that was it.
Pop-Christianity in America
Then, I went to a “mega-church.” After a few preaching, I found it somewhat flakey. Their theology resembles moralistic deism. A sexual scandal rocked this church. One reason membership shrunk significantly.
Perhaps to attract new members, they hired a (female) pastor. Quite a feat, this pastor slid on the stage left to right. Afterward, she came down from the pulpit to the aisle running, carrying a bible stand hollering–seriously.
she came down from the pulpit to the aisle running, carrying a bible stand hollering.
When you needed help
There were other churches I went to, but we eventually settled in a “village park” church. About a year after, I called for urgent help. My daughter desperately needed a female mentor. The promised support never happened. I ended up calling 911.
Social activism in church
Deception runs deep. How can churches support an atheist Marxist cause who call on dead spirits and burn bibles? Ironically, some black Pastors labeled BLM demonic. Social activism is not even the way of Jesus.
Maybe a ‘reformed church’ is different?
I called a “century-old church,” and they got back with “pre-qualifying questions.”
They told me I was free to join their small group—if necessary. Otherwise, it’s important to stick with “your local church.” Talk about “your welcome”—but not really.
The steeple of this church recently collapsed during a hurricane—like a bad omen for many churches in America.
The steeple collapsed—like a bad omen for many churches in America.
Church attendance rapidly declining in American churches, what’s wrong?
My personal experience with a few American churches felt like attending a “secret society.”
Maybe it’s just me—or perhaps its the “white culture,” but its the culture of a dying church. These churches are too careful to offend anyone—yet they are offending others by being overly cautious.
the culture of a dying church
Form versus function
Many American churches, it seems, have fallen asleep, lulled by the toxic culture of equality, diversity, tolerance, and pride. As Charles Spurgeon puts it, “Every Christian is either a missionary or an imposter.”
Love for the lost
The phenomenal growth of a Filipino church, Christ Commission Fellowship (CCF), has a lot to do with multiplying small groups, mentoring. CCF has over 12,000 house churches and small groups in South Asia alone.
Perhaps, American churches needs to go back to its roots.