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Should the church give people what they want or what God wants?

Our pastor recently posed a question from the pulpit that made me wonder what our consumer culture has done to our faith life. He asked: "Should the church give people what they want or what God wants?"

Obviously these two things aren't always the same. Sometimes, the pastor went on to say, God's message to humanity is not one that humanity necessarily wants to hear. The second those words left his mouth, I could almost read the minds of the people in the pews.


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