"Reader, have you come to "the sprinkled blood"? The question is not whether you have come to a knowledge of doctrine or an observance of ceremonies or to a certain form of experience, but have you come to the blood of Jesus?" Spurgeon
John, The church has lost it's influence because it, consciously or not, has catergorized life instead of starting at the foundation (God in Christ as Creator, who is THERE and not a set of principles) and viewing life accordingly. Our life isn't "Work life", "Home life", "Social life", "Political life"; it is Life under Heaven with God in Christ; Sovereign, immovable, unchanging, full of Love and Grace, Holiness and Justice. We have suppressed this reality. What a dismal existence to think Man is all there is to determine what is life, purpose, and destiny.
The three main items to keep in mind when reading this article: 1. It's The Atlantic 2. The social relevance as it relates to homosexuality and changing cultural norms 3. The woman author of the book
What "Millenials" need is a Francis Schaeffer, L'Abri para-church approach. The church needs to connect people's lives with the everyday reality of God "who is there and not silent". The "darkness" is the inability of this generation to grasp existential and moral absolutes. That a philosophical perspective starting with Man is insufficient to deal with the fallenness and corrupt nature of man and his place, purpose, and destiny. Western Christianity IS declining because it would forsake natural revelation (philosophy, logic, reason), water down and confuse special revelation ( God's Word) and embrace "issues" and "values" over unchanging, universal truth.
BRF, You said it. Hindu and Buddhist influences have entered the church; almost unbeknownst to the congregations. I have seen DVDs for "Christian Yoga". Let alone the near Hindu type "altered conscience" state in some Pentacostal gatherings.
This writer has revealed the real desire of ALL sinners, not just homosexuals. The desire to change, reinterpret, dismiss, and avoid the just condemnation of their (our) actions. Likewise, sinners need collaborators to help "normalize" or legitimize their (our) behavior. Hence the reason the president maintains his Christian profession while criticizing the fundamental truths of said profession.
newsflash! This is not the American Republic any longer. The Constitution is no longer relevant, only judicial fiat and social, statistical majority remain. The LGBT movement is only a face to the true rebellion. This is why gays will bemoan Christianity, but remain silent or affirm Islam. Both are affiliates and adherents of the same god.
The problem the "right" or "conservatives" have is the inability to understand the left's perspective. The left sees everything through the revolution/protest of the "oppressed and Have-Nots." Muslims are included by way of American military aggression in Iraq.
like they did in the UK and US. Western churches dropping doctrine and going over loch and valley to not offend and disciple the lost with gushy, lollipop "love". All the while the sheep are left to wander without proper nutrition. This is Habakkuk playing out in our times.
The quicker this escalates the better. God will weed out the fakes and the remnant will go underground to watch the spectacle. No more sermonizing on SermonAudio about religious freedom, the RCC being our biggest threat, and candy coated "love" over holiness and proper doctrine.
There is a great purge upon us in this country. The blasphemous and heresy will be exposed beyond colored eggs and tinseled trees. Beyond the insignificance and irrelevance of the cult of Francis. God has pulled back his grace that stays the decadence of our bacchanalian society while the Ghosts of the Vandals and Goths haunts our Romanesque debauched land in the form of Islam. The days of leisure are coming to a rapid end for the professors of Christ in the West. The real Golden Calf is this leisure, this false zeal inside the comforts of our SermonAudio coffee house.
Squabbling over a word while the world around you is burning. As if the height of being light and salt of the earth is pointing out pagan connections to setting aside two days to glory in Christ. Nevermind it's the Lord's day and we should celebrate the birth, life, death, and RESURRECTION of Christ. We live in a day of insane, belligerent antichrist and folks on here want to damn the John Y's of the earth and announce anathemas on those who say "Easter".
This is the reason the country is in the state it is in. It has a direct correlation to the "all I need is Jesus" mantra. This assumes Christ and the Spirit work outside the teaching of scripture, revealing bits and pieces of "truth" through the ebb and flow of culture.
Michael, To the lost, Christ is the aroma of death, of which we share the stench. We live in a time when God is openly blasphemed and rejected and considered good to do so; all of which is highlighted in scripture. Further, we live in a time of intolerance toward the perceived "intolerant ". Unfortunately this is creeping in the church to the point of an attitude of "let's love them into the kingdom" with a clear disregard of God's holiness and the depths of sin. God is Love, no doubt, and we should manifest that love to ALL. But, God in Christ is also holy; hating sin. We need to present both/and, not either/or. This is why we are a body, you point out the crucial importance of love in a desperate world and I will point out why salvation is so needed as it relates to the darkness. Great comments.
Michael, Fresh debate about theology is good as well as pointing out the discrepancies and harm of worldliness. But, to go so far as to assert that some are reprobates is unbiblical. You are correct in the assessment of RCC doctrine, far worse than some churches or Christians having Easter egg hunts.