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FRONT PAGE  |  9/30/2020
FRIDAY, APR 17, 2015  |  13 comments
Is Christianity Dark Enough for Millennials?

"I caution against the idea that the way to get young people into church is to be hip and cool and have a pastor who wears skinny jeans." Rachel Held Evans could have been talking about any number of much-hyped contemporary evangelical congregations: the Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas, for example, whose pastor started a website called PastorFashion.com, or Mars Hill, the Seattle megachurch that dissolved amid controversy in 2014, but left behind a large network of congregations. Many of the fastest growing churches in America are exactly what Evans describes: Places with Sunday morning rock bands and chic websites and pastors who occasionally, yes, wear skinny jeans.

So there's irony in her wry caution: Young people may be leaving the church, but for the most part, evangelical Christian churches are not the ones they're leaving. ...


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News Item5/6/15 1:26 PM
Frank  Contact via emailFind all comments by Frank
Lady_Virtue wrote:
Mrs. Evans needs to bear children and guide the house, as she is already married (I Timothy 5:14). Doing this will occupy her time with the Godly work described in this verse and hopefully keep her from blogging and writing books. I believe she's in her early to mid-30s, but she is not getting any younger.
Sister, I agree with you as usual; especially after the following quote from her. But, no sincere Christian man would have her so perhaps she should simply shut up. Her husband obviously enjoys the notoriety and money she brings in.

"But two issues stand apart from the others. The first is unsurprising: LGBT acceptance. "I grew up being told that people chose to be gay and that it was a sin," Evans said. Over time, her views changed to match those of many of her Millennial peers—in 2014, two-thirds of Americans born after 1981 said they supported gay marriage. "If you’re turning away gay people, we’re going to see through the hip B.S.," Evans said."

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News Item5/6/15 1:08 PM
Lady_Virtue | OKC  Contact via emailFind all comments by Lady_Virtue
Mrs. Evans needs to bear children and guide the house, as she is already married (I Timothy 5:14). Doing this will occupy her time with the Godly work described in this verse and hopefully keep her from blogging and writing books. I believe she's in her early to mid-30s, but she is not getting any younger.
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News Item4/17/15 2:55 PM
Delivered | On My Knees  Find all comments by Delivered
John,
The church has lost it's influence because it[/QUOTE]What they knew of God, they did not glorify Him as God and changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
See today's posted sermon "Sour Grapes"by Liam Goligher. You'll be glad you did.
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News Item4/17/15 2:32 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Hmm, want a lot of blackness, that's quite hot? [URL=http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?currSection=sermonssource&sermonID=21403152742]]]http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?currSection=sermonssource&sermonID=21403152742 (The Consequences of Not Believing)[/URL]
Gil Rugh said or, wrote:
The Bible is clear that there is an eternity after this life. Eternity will be spent in one of two places either in the Glory of God's presence which is heaven or separated from that Glory in the suffering and torment of hell. Many people, perhaps most people, are unwilling to consider that a God of love would ever be able to consign people to suffer day and night forever and ever in a place called hell. Our difficulty in this comes from two directions. Number one, we fail to have a true comprehension of God as a God of all holiness. And on the other side we fail to comprehend how depraved and vile and sinful we as human beings really are....
excerpt from the summary for the above sermon.

By the way the person in the article just plainly left Christianity since she rejected the fact that, [URL=http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=92807123612]]]The Bible Says Homosexuality is Sin[/URL]

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News Item4/17/15 11:38 AM
Delivered | On My Knees  Find all comments by Delivered
Jeremiah 9:17-25 tells us that it is time for tears. It is a time for prayer for the nation. It is time for us to repent and seek the LORD. Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.

Isaiah 58:1 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.
May our tears be like the flood of Noah's day that washes away the filth of the earth and brings forth fruits of righteousness. Pray for the children.
May God give us the knees of camels until Christ has pre eminence in His Church.

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News Item4/17/15 11:04 AM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
1517 wrote:
John,
Just read this a few minutes ago:
"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
Ah yes 1517. This is just one reason I so appreciate Spurgeon, he always calls sinners to the blood of Christ as the only way of salvation.
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News Item4/17/15 10:46 AM
1517  Find all comments by 1517
John,
Just read this a few minutes ago:

"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

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News Item4/17/15 10:29 AM
s c | Oh  Find all comments by s c
Reading through this article is like digging through garbage.
Evans,who opposes advertising but is pushing her book says,"...If you’re turning away gay people, we’re going to see through the hip B.S.,"
...poor millennials,it's not enough to have a "cool" church,now they must also have a blatantly unscriptural one.
They truly are blind. There but for His grace go I, but it is pretty clear what the Word says in regards to issues like homosexuality.
If they don't like the Word of God,they could save themselves a lot of trouble and stop trying to be Christian.
If God doesn't make one into a new creature,it's not happening.
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News Item4/17/15 10:20 AM
Geoff | Atlanta  Find all comments by Geoff
The article read like a pity party for an apostate.
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News Item4/17/15 10:12 AM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
1517 wrote:
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.
1517,
Yes, I think I can agree with all that, as far as I can understand the scholarly terminology.

Is it a bit like the church, which although regenerate, could possibly be compared to those religious who, having a form of godliness, yet deny the power thereof? I was talking about this very thing last night, being concerned that "going though the motions", say, of a worship service, can be done "without God", even with good preaching (lecturing) and an ordered meeting.

Without God, nothing makes sense. Is that it?

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News Item4/17/15 9:57 AM
1517  Find all comments by 1517
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.
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News Item4/17/15 9:41 AM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
1517 wrote:
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.
1517, I liked the sound of your post, although it was too highbrow for me to understand. Any chance of putting some meat on it, in more layman's terms?
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News Item4/17/15 8:32 AM
1517  Find all comments by 1517
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.

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