It went from disciples to membership, at least for the person in the pew. In most of these churches, the membership has become people who are pretty much the same within that church. Ethnicity, language, culture, and custom seem to form any one church. Not much mixing and not much outreach by the members for "outsiders." The original followers were supposed to be well, "followers." Go out and proclaim the good news to those who have not heard and could use it. Start with the "lost sheep," those who felt abandoned, ignored, the poor as well as the educated. History had a lot to do with changing all this over 2000 years. Now AA is less than 100 years old and is still focused on its primary purpose, to carry the message to those who are still suffering, outside the fold. What will the future hold? We must be careful, lest history repeat itself.
Friday, July 21, 2017
There are at least two organizations that were founded, not primarily for membership, but for those who don't belong. One was the Christian Church and the other is AA. After 2000 years, the Christian church, now churches, is not primarily for those who don't belong.