I just read an article that said "doctrinal churches," those that teach doctrine, are not very popular. People want feel-good churches and "active" churches that feed the younger crowd with entertainment, etc. But of course this does not make them right. The truth of the Word of God will never be popular. People want their ears tickled, and, they want light stuff, they don't want to think.
The leaders of a church have a choice. They can cave in to the things the people want or they can be spiritual physicians. Give them what may sting a bit but what is needed. Pastors are not to be popular, they are to be faithful to do what Paul did — teach the full council of God! Or, the complete will of God! God never measures by numbers. Note the case of Gideon's three-hundred. —Dr. Mal Couch (5/11)