"Over the last year, through various circumstances and in large part through my complete and utter inability as a pastor, I’ve come face-to-face with my self-sufficiency that plagues me. Along the way, face-to-face with the frightening realization that I am part—and I think it would be safe to say, we are a part—of a religious system in our culture, today, that has created a whole host of means and methods for doing church that, in the end, requires little, if any, help at all from the Holy Spirit of God.
We don’t have to fall on our faces and fast for the church to grow. We have marketing to do that. We don’t have to bring the crowds in through prayer. We have publicity for that. We have deceived ourselves and mistaken the presence of physical bodies in a building for the existence of spiritual life. I’m convinced in my own life—in church here, in churches that are represented around this room—that it is dangerously possible for us to go through the routines and programs and stuff we do in church and get to the end and look back and realize that the Spirit of God has been almost entirely absent and completely neglected in the process. I’m convinced, more than ever, that the greatest hindrance—I know this is a bold statement, but I don’t think it’s an overstatement—the greatest hindrance to the advancement of the glory of God in the world today is the attempt of the church of God to do the work of God apart from the power of the Spirit of God." (© David Platt & Radical. Website: Radical.net)