Wednesday, 12 March 2008

"The Worst of Both Worlds"

Here is a comment on a previous thread from Pastor Terry Stauffer that I thought was worth posting on its own,
Those who try to keep the shell without the truth find themselves in the worst of both worlds. Pure secularlism sells (obviously) and the truth has appeal, but a secularized religion is doomed to failure.

In a church that purports to be Christian, the liberals' drive for relevance makes them completely irrelevant; members of a club of declining membership. If the church becomes the same as the world, what's the point of having the church? And yet, what seems to be happening in some areas of the ACoC is not merely a desire to make the Christian faith more relevant. It is a push for a completely new religion. It is a drive toward paganism. It is grasping at the original lie of the garden, "you will be like God." It is wanting a form of godliness, but denying the true God and His power.

Take Care


Warren said...

Although I agree that "secularized religion" is doomed to failure at the end of the age, it can often do quite well in the short term. I think that Joel Osteen's church is a good example. The follower's of Oprah are another example.

John K said...

I agree. The key in your comment is the term, "short term." Sometimes I think we lose sight of how history to condenses things. Christianity has been around for 2000 years, and will be (we can be confident) until the Lord returns. Heresies and false teachings come and go (and come and go and come and go..., the same ones over and over) Joel and Oprah and Ingham will pass away and new ones rise to take their place, but none will last.

Heaven and earth will pass away, but..." You know the rest.

stauf46 said...

Thanks, John

There are short-term exceptions (usually built on a charismatic personality), but they don't have legs. Good thoughts, John.