Seeker Man, Natural Man ?
As I sipped my Starbuck’s this morning and read Paul’s comments to the Corinthians about the natural man and spiritual man, I was reminded of the seeker methodolgy used in some churches. While the idea of seeker services is not as popular as it once was, there are still pastors who use the seeker friendly approach. I’m not talking about being relevant, well here, read for yourself:
“And we are setting these truths forth in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the [Holy] Spirit, combining and interpreting spiritual truths with spiritual language [to those who possess the Holy Spirit]. But the natural, nonspiritual man does not accept or welcome or admit into his heart the gifts and teachings and revelations of the Spirit of God, for they are folly (meaningless nonsense) to him; and he is incapable of knowing them [of progressively recognizing, understanding, and becoming better acquainted with them] because they are spiritually discerned and estimated and appreciated.” 1Co 2:13-14 Amp
I asked myself, does this debunk the idea of trying to explain the gospel without using spiritual words, or the whole seeker service concept? Does this type teaching not equate to trying to teach or win people with man’s wisdom rather than the Spirit? These were just questions I had. I don’t necessarily believe there is a cut and dry, across the board answer, so don’t get excited. Just something to think about.