Armed with the latest surveys, along with personal testimonies from friends and readers, I explain how young adults perceive evangelical Christianity to be too political, too exclusive, old-fashioned, unconcerned with social justice and hostile to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
I point to research that shows young evangelicals often feel they have to choose between their intellectual integrity and their faith, between science and Christianity, between compassion and holiness.
I talk about how the evangelical obsession with sex can make Christian living seem like little more than sticking to a list of rules, and how millennials long for faith communities in which they are safe asking tough questions and wrestling with doubt....
While I was looking around for an article to respond in another thread, I saw an article that contained this quotation:
"Chronological Snobbery: âthe uncritical acceptance of the intellectual climate common to our own age and the assumption that whatever has gone out of date is on that account discredited.â--C.S. Lewis
Gil Rugh wrote: First, consider the last two of the points [of "TULIP". The "I" refers to irresistible grace which means that God works in grace in an irresistible way with those He has elected. All whom God has chosen He draws to Christ in an irresistible way. They cannot resist the grace of God in being drawn to Jesus Christ; they are the elect. The "P" refers to perseverance of the saints which describes the security of the believer. Once someone is truly saved, he is always saved and will persevere to the end. That is inherent in the doctrine of election.
Frank wrote: I agree brother, but I did look really hard for a secret rapture and like you said, I couldn't find it. You would think that if something that monumental was going to happen, scripture would at least mention it one time. But, all those in Christ will in fact be raptured. If John UK agrees with that, then it is pretty certain.
Mike wrote: Don't worry, Michael. If it happens, Frank will be happy to go, even if he can't find it in Scripture.
I agree brother, but I did look really hard for a secret rapture and like you said, I couldn't find it. You would think that if something that monumental was going to happen, scripture would at least mention it one time. But, all those in Christ will in fact be raptured. If John UK agrees with that, then it is pretty certain.
The author of this article does highlight obvious weaknesses of some American churches. Some have turned their sanctuaries into semi-nightclubs and have tried to manufacture a more "organic", relaxed setting, heavy on social outreach and light on in-depth biblical teaching. She does miss the mark though with broad brushing the whole church the same and reducing it down to a "anti-this, anti-that" Christianized political party while criticizing it within a political perspective. She calls for a more socially minded, active church that presents Jesus. Question is, which Jesus? The tolerant of everyone, inclusive, Socialist Jesus or the Rob Bell, there is no Hell, Hipster Jesus, or the King of Kings, the Way, the Truth, and the Life Jesus of the Bible? It seems she is seeking the first two.
Michael Hranek wrote: Sorry, I should have been clearer I was speaking of the rapture, which of course would get into a lengthy discussion or worse argument as to whether or not it is taught/found in Scripture.
Don't worry, Michael. If it happens, Frank will be happy to go, even if he can't find it in Scripture.
The problem with most churches in general is Pastors have quit preaching the whole counsel of God. No preaching on sin, hell or separation. The "Church" has become more worldly and fleshly to attract "the newer generation" and this has just created a Church with a form of godliness but denying the power thereof. Jesus said depart from me I never knew you. Emphasis is on I NEVER KNEW YOU.
We need more God called Pastors and get rid of the ones that are in it for filthy lucure.We need hard preaching, old time worship and less flesh in our worship. The primise that the church has to change with the times is false, look at what has happened in the last 25 years alone. The majority of America has turned their back on the God of the Bible and we are reaping what has been sown.
there's so much confusion out there. the people need the full counsel of God!
and that means we have to quit running scared and face the issues of our day, biblically and without fear teach them!
I've known that are just avoiding the issues and maybe that's a reason why so many are left without training (who would be convinced of darwins evolution -- Darwin has been disproven scientifically, even by present day evolutionists) -- children taught properly aren't left so defenseless, but I might add, that the power of Babylon is great, many will follow it... including those who go to mainstream churches and have lived under its benefit.
the Lord will sort this out rightly, not CNN, of that I am very confident! Praise be to God, there is no shadow with Thee.
Michael Hranek wrote: Always good to interact with you while we await Jesus' return. Which is likely to be so soon it will enormously surpise those who despise the thought God will rapture the believing saints before the Tribulation hits with the full force of God's bringing into history what He says will happen.
No Michael, I don't despise the thought of Jesus returning prior to the tribulation. It is simply not taught in scripture. Big differenc wouldn't you say?
John UK wrote: No, of course you don't, Steve. And I do not see Christ in one single Roman Catholic, because as soon as HE is IN, THEY are OUT!! If a man thought he was a fish, he'd be in the water all day long. But it wouldn't do him much good.
John UK Our ah 'friend' SteveR doesn't dare see Christ in those of us saved from sin out of a Roman Catholic upbringing BECAUSE if he did he would have no excuse whatsoever but to repent (figuratively in sack cloth and ashes, maybe actually) of his own sins and cry out to God for mercy and to be saved from his sins and unbelief.
Which of course is a great desire of believers for those who hate and despise us such as he seems to.
Got to "run" errands Always good to interact with you while we await Jesus' return. Which is likely to be so soon it will enormously surpise those who despise the thought God will rapture the believing saints before the Tribulation hits with the full force of God's bringing into history what He says will happen.
MS I agree thoroughly Amen! and Amen! May God open their eyes to the very real Biblical Love of God in we believers for them, for their genuine salvation, to truly come to intimately know God and be known by Him themselves in Christ.
Just for the record, My "feelings" have never been hurt by any roman catholics. Some that I know are the dearest people. When you know that there is a terrible danger, that would destroy lives ,the most loving thing you can do is to compel, persuade,plead,etc,for people to flee. That is biblical love....not lets pretend we are all brothers and sisters in Christ and we just do things a little differently and leave them to perish in their sin by never giving them the true gospel. That is hatred.
Michael Hranek wrote: SteveR No, as usual you have gotten it quite wrong. People can see in those of us genuinely saved by God and for God, people who are truly born again of the Holy Spirit, and have the witness of the Spirit that we belong entirely,