“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.
If the 21st century evangelical church needs another Reformation, catechism teaching in the Christian home, church and school needs to be revisited.
All mankind – not only Christians – have a personal relationship with God. One group is in a relationship of grace and mercy, while the other group is in a relationship of wrath and judgment.
At least that was the recollection of one of the respondents in a survey of 900 Britons published by St. John’s College, Durham University under the auspices of the National Biblical Literacy Survey.
“Jesus in MY heart, MY being born again, MY moral transformation, what happens inside of ME, MY sanctification, MY experience.” This “gospel” is that of the medieval Roman church.
The gospel message of Christ, “Repent and believe in the gospel,” is missing in the church. This is why there’s a generation gap, hopelessness and a huge percentage of dropouts among evangelical youth.
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.