Information or Transformation? A Crisis in the Church

The following is by Pete Wilson, founding pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN and I whole-heartedly agree with his observations.

I believe one of the most obvious challenges in contemporary Christianity is we mistakenly assume that information automatically translates into transformation. However, knowing something is true does not in and of itself ensure that the truth will make a significant difference in our lives.

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does. ~ James 1:22-25

We have more access to great information than ever before.

  • Unbelievable Bible study tools available on the internet for stinkin’ free.
  • Phenomenal messages from the world’s best pastors one click away, thanks to podcasts.
  • In-depth and engaging bible studies adorning the shelves of bookstores all across America.

So what’s the problem?

We have to find a way to transfer all this incredible information that we know in our minds to our hearts so it can be lived out. We have to find a way to, as James puts it, “look intently into.” The word for “looks intently into” (parakypsas) literally means “to stoop down” in order to have a good close look.

Here’s my two cents. In order to “stoop down” you have to “slow down.” There’s not a crisis of information, but of transformation. And the greatest enemy of transformation, in a word, is hurry.

So slow down, stoop into God’s Word, actually do what it says, and see if the transformation doesn’t follow.

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4 responses to “Information or Transformation? A Crisis in the Church

  1. Don

    “Slow down” boy do I need to work on that one. I admire people who take life as it comes at their own gentle pace. I use to think they were laze and it bugged me; now I admire them. I’m becoming a firm believer that if the devil can’t get you any other way he will make you busy. In the world we live in today it’s very easy to be too busy and lose our focus on God. To take time for Him, seek his will in all aspects of our lives and listen to his leading. May God help me to slow down, refocus on Him and be at peace with his will for my life.

    • Slowing down takes real effort and learning how to say “no.” Even Jesus said “no” sometimes – Mark 1:35-39 – but it came after a time of prayer and seeking the Father’s will. We all need more of that and I will be praying for you my friend!

  2. Carl

    I recently had this discussion with my best friend over how the Bible is in so many versions on e-readers and it’s easy to search for a verse or cross reference. That’s great, but there is something about holding the Word, leather bound, in your hand and even falling asleep with it, it’s comforting. I hope our children have the chance to experience this in the future.

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