“Most “evangelicals” today can’t tell you the evangel and there’s no consensus on what the Christian life looks like. Asking evangelicals to do evangelism and discipleship is like asking a hospice patient to lift weights. It’s not only fruitless it’s cruel.” ~ R. Scott Clark
So too, today, churches are now like shopping malls. And the smaller, more traditional churches that can’t afford the lights, cameras and action watch their congregations run off to the biggest, latest mall that’s just been built on the outskirts of town. The problem is, you can see a mall that was built just a decade ago and it’s already out-of-fashion. Its shops are closing one by one because the consumers have now moved over to the latest megamall.
The Internet Monk writes, “We are on the verge â€“ within 10 years â€“ of a major collapse of evangelical Christianity… We Evangelicals have failed to pass on to our young people an orthodox form of faith that can take root and survive the secular onslaught. The billions of dollars we’ve spent on youth ministers, Christian music, publishing, and media has produced… young Christians who know next to nothing about their own faith except how they feel about it.”
Many people are now “their own theologian-in-residence,” and embrace an “unpredictable and contradictory body of beliefs,” mixing eclectic and syncretistic Christian and non-Christian views. Feelings and emotions are now king, while preaching and Bible study are disliked, resulting in even more Biblical illiteracy.