Diagnosis: Ecclesiocarcinoma

Perhaps the most difficult aspect of cancer is that the problem originates with our own cells. The disease of cancer is endogenous, it happens within the system. Unlike other diseases which are transported into the body via bacteria or a virus, cancer begins in our very own cells with the tiniest of glitches. In the process of replicating hundreds of thousands of times throughout our lives, somewhere in the DNA of our cells, a break or a switch of nucleic acids occurs, and from that small change, a switch happens in the cell that causes it to keep replicating, to propogate ad infinitum. Cancer is a once-upon-a-time normal, healthy cell gone beserk – that cannot stop reproducing itself even at the expense of the survival of the body.

By that definition of cancer, I think it's time to say, we have the makings of a serious cancer in the Korean-American church. Too many churches, not enough community; too many leaders, not enough followers; lots of revivals, not enough equipping; multitudes of pastors, too few staff.

And you wonder why our churches are dying, why our youth are disenchanted, why our churches which started out as havens are becoming scapegoats… we have a rampant, propogating disease on our hands.

A cancer of a church.


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