Admittedly, this doesn't have anything to do with the church . . . directly. But you have to read the last paragraph to understand what they mean. It says: "The alcohol gets them in, builds the trust and then we have the opportunity to treat other medical diseases... It's about improving the quality of life."
Jim Bublitz over at Slice of Laodicea makes this insightful connection:
That logic (changed to fit the Church Growth Movement) sounds like this:
"Preaching to their felt-needs gets them in, builds trust and then we have the opportunity to treat their spiritual condition... It's about giving them a purpose in life."
Most of us probably cringe a little at this because we see it for what it is - manipulation, well-intentioned though it may be. If that is the case, why do so many rejoice in the same practice in the church?Manipulation is manipulation, whether it is meeting the desperate sinful "needs" of alcoholics or the alleged "felt needs" of "seekers."