Summary

Due to American Christianity dying, God said that the church can only grow (Matthew 28:19-20) with the unity of Ephesians 4:11-16. The method to fulfill this is the fruit of goodness: promoting the light of openness and honesty (Ephesians 5:8-10,11-14; John 3:20-21) through good works (Matt 5:16). Seeking the light directly leads to revival (Ephesians 5:14):

  1. Everyone Builds (Eph 4:11-12,16): Be truthful in obeying God’s will that any member can teach on Sunday (I Cor. 12:14,14:26), “especially” prophets (I Cor. 14:1,39).
  2. No Disagreements (Eph 4:13-14): Be open to any way of thinking by discussing any disagreement until there is perfect agreement (Philippians 2:2; I Corinthians 1:10).
  3. Daily Exhortation (Eph. 4:15): Be honest about your own sins by being held accountable to daily exhortation (Hebrews 3:13).

Primary Church Reforms

Everyone Builds

Problem: God commands all of His people to live out their spiritual calling, yet 90% of a church doesn’t do anything.

Solutions: Building up the body of Christ is meant to be a group effort (Ephesians 4:12,16). If we are to be “one body” (I Cor 12:12), then we must realize the body is not composed of 1 member controlling all decisions (I Cor 12:14,19-20). “When you come together, each one” should be invited to manifest the Spirit in his own way (I Cor. 14:26), not by passively listening to 1 man repeatedly lecture, of which there are no biblical examples. Sunday morning should be like small groups where prophets speak directly to unbelievers (I Corinthians 14:24-25).

Validation: Encourage each member to actively participate during each gathering (I Cor. 14:26), “especially” prophets (I Cor. 14:1,39). There should be 1 leader for every 10 members on Sunday.

 

I John 2:27

I Corinthians 14:26

No Disagreements

Problem: Despite all the resources held by Christians, we haven’t been able to agree in a way that strengthens the church.

Solution: God requires His church to have “one mind” and not disagree on any minor doctrine (Philippians 2:2; Ephesians 4:13-14; I Corinthians 1:10). While dividing over core doctrine (Titus 3:3-11) and not arguing with the weak (Romans 14:1) are commanded, we must insist not on voting or agreeing to disagree, but on full agreement on every decision, like the original apostles (Acts 15:2,7,22,25). Don’t be like the “fool” who listens only to express his own opinion (Proverbs 18:2): don’t always think you’re right, and listen to advice (Proverbs 12:15).

Validation: a system for any church member to voice a concern, and the topic is debated until each member who wishes to discuss agrees (Philippians 2:2; I Corinthians 1:10).

I Corinthians 1:12-13

Philippians 2:2

Daily Exhortation

Problem: The world is filled with evil, yet it’s often considered a sin to judge. Most leaders ignore correction, and asking for forgiveness is extremely rare.

Solution: The root is a prideful heart, due to not being corrected on a daily basis (Hebrews 3:13). Just like children (Proverbs 13:24), adults need to have their actions judged (Proverbs 27:5-6; Hebrews 12:8) to foster humility (I Corinthians 8:1-2). Take the initiative to expose all darkness (Ephesians 4:15; 5:11,13-14), initiate apologies, and ask for forgiveness (James 5:16).

Validation: each person is held accountable to daily exhortation, for example, during a daily dinner (Hebrews 3:13). This includes correcting theology, judging sin, and voicing any concerns.

I John 1:10

Hebrews 3:13

Other Church Reforms

Biblical Distribution of Power

Problem: It’s common for just 1 man or a board of unqualified “elders” make all major decisions. Elders are either out-of-touch with the younger generation or are the lead pastor’s yes-men.

Solution: Although your main leader may be an apostle, is your 2nd in charge really a prophet? Do you have multiple teachers, and is the 4th most important man a miracle-worker (I Cor. 12:28)? Church leadership was always meant to be plural (Ephesians 4:11; Heb 13:17) and based on biblical power and biblical character (I Tim. 3; Tit 1) that is routinely tested (I Timothy 3:10).

Validation: Routinely test each leader (I Timothy 3:10) and prove that power is ordered by God’s list (I Cor. 12:28). Make this information clear to the whole church, not a select few.

I Peter 5:3

I Corinthians 12:28

Perfect Discipleship

Problem: There are so many biblical commands that want to be done but aren’t.

Solution: The only practical way to fulfill the Great Commission’s command to deeply observe “all” commands through discipleship (Matthew 28:19-20) is to understand what each person knows and is doing systematically. This is through the 7th most important church gift: administration (I Cor 12:28; 14:40). If we love God, we will do all that He commands (John 14:21), and not skip a single difficult one. We are called to “be perfect” (Matthew 5:48; I Thess. 5:23), and anything less than pursuing perfection is disobedience (I John 3:7; Hebrews 10:26-27).

Validation: a system for a discipler to monitor each disciple’s needs (Acts 4:32), foundational disciplines, spiritual knowledge, and good works (Matthew 5:48; 28:20).

Acts 6:1,2

Matthew 5:48

Need-based Evangelism

Problem: There are more people leaving Jesus than submitting to Him.

Solution: Most US churches evangelize by preaching to locals who have already heard the Gospel, but this is unbiblical (Rom 15:20-21) because we should only preach to those who want to hear (Matt 10:14). Many who reject Christ are rejecting a false Jesus from bad Christian examples (Gal 2:4) who tend to preach without practicing (Matt 23:3). God only allows one method of evangelization: loving through voiced needs (I John 3:17-18; John 13:35).

Validation: Instead of validating how many people you preached to or entered your church (Mark 4:4), how many people say they get saved (Mark 4:5-6), or how many people have been going to your church for a long time (Mark 4:7), validate good character and works (Mark 4:8).

Matthew 23:3,15

I John 3:17-18

Reconciliation & Restoration

Problem: It’s common for church members to know 2 members won’t speak to each other and do nothing for fear of conflict.

Solution: Church leaders should require reconciliation (Matt 5:24; 18:15-17) and encourage restoration with all believers (II Cor 13:11). We can’t claim to love God if we are too afraid to talk to someone in our own Christian group (I John 4:20). If you refuse to talk to a fellow brother in Christ, he may send you to hell (Matthew 5:25).

Validation: Anytime a person won’t talk to another person, require the Matthew 18:15-17 technique be used on him.

Matthew 5:24

Matthew 18:15

Transparent Financials

Problem: Many church leaders keep their financials a secret, either to buy expensive things for themselves without accountability or because they are in exponential debt.

Solution: We are called to be open and honest about everything, to not walk in darkness but walk in the light (Ephesians 5:8-9; John 3:19-20). If you truly have nothing to hide, it should be plain for all to see (John 3:21). 

Validation: Keep a public record of all income and expenses for the church, such as a yearly financial statement on a website (John 3:21). Each item over $1000 should be explicitly mentioned, because its easy for individuals to steal w/o the church’s consent (Acts 5:3).

II Peter 2:14

John 3:21

FAQ

What is the inspiration for this movement?

We see how much evil there is in the world, believe the church is good (Romans 12:21), but are questioning why Christianity is dying in the United States. 30% of Americans no longer identify as Christian, and no denomination is growing as God desires (Acts 2:47; Luke 10:2). The only US church that is growing is the Pentecostal Assemblies of God; but participating in this denomination for many years shows how most of the “growth” is Christians switching denominations, not non-believer conversions (source 1, source 2). In fact, the Assemblies of God grew 51%, the same exact percentage that the 2 largest denominations, the UCC and PCUSA, declined. America has lost what it means to deny oneself (Luke 9:23) due to exorbitant riches, the likes of which the earth has never seen (Mark 10:25). God says it’s time for a revival.

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How will you unite across denominations?

The Millennials are one of the first generations to not care about labels, such as Protestant or Catholic, but do care deeply about being a Christ-follower. God has placed it on our heart to perfectly unite the church (Ephesians 4:13; John 17:23; Philippians 2:2; I Corinthians 1:10), and to take the best from each denomination, showing how each denomination is a required body part, and no denomination should ever say another denomination is not needed (I Corinthians 12:14,21). We plan to take the gifts from each denomination, being led by the Spirit, to create “one body” (I Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 4:16):

  1. [100M] Baptists and Evangelicals–devotion to studying the Bible (II Timothy 3:16) and having a personal friendship with Jesus (John 15:15)
  2. [280M] Pentecostals–prophecying God’s will (I Corinthians 14:3,24-25) and listening to the Spirit (I Corinthians 2:13)
  3. [70M] Methodists–“entire sanctification” (I Thessalonians 5:23) and trying to “be perfect” (Matthew 5:48)
  4. [1.3B] Catholics–having the gentle submission of the Mother of God (Luke 1:46-48) and unity (Matthew 16:18-19)
  5. [280M] Orthodox–historical theology (II Thessalonians 2:15) and God’s love through total restoration (Matthew 5:26; Acts 3:21)
  6. [75M] Presbyterians and CalvinistsGod’s sovereignty (Romans 9:11,16) and zeal for good works (Titus 3:8)
  7. [80M] Lutheranssalvation by faith (Ephesians 2:8-9) and reformation despite persecution (Psalms 118:6-7)
  8. [110M] Anglicans–their synergy of taking the best from various denominations (I Corinthians 12:12)