Friday, 10 February 2012

What Century Are You Living In?

Following a post over at the Anglican Essentials blog, touching on the current controversies regarding the role of gays and lesbians in the Anglican church, a commenter included the question, "What century are you living in?"

I replied there, but I want to post and expand it here as well.

The most sad, pathetic, yet telling part of your comments is the question, “What century are you in?”
By this you indicate that you feel there is a religion for the past and a different one for the present; that there is a new Jesus, different from the one of the past, the one of history. It indicates that you think Jesus is no longer “…the same yesterday, today, forever.”

It indicates that you, and others who agree with you, have invented a new religion; one you think is more relevant for today. And that is the whole reason for the schisms we are seeing now in our church.
But this new “religion” has no solid foundation in truth. It is a system of thought created, or at the very least adapted, to be relevant for, “today,” and like all fads, it will pass, to be overshadowed by whatever comes next. It is a house built on sand, and will ultimately fall. It certainly cannot last for the two thousand years that the true Christian faith has managed to stand.

I have had contact with a number of churches around the province, and many of them are dying. Gray is the colour of most of whatever hair is left there. Yes, there are a few grandchildren as well, but noticeably missing are people in their twenties and thirties, the generation that will keep a church alive.

People today, at least people who care, even young people; those with, "ears to hear," want honesty; they want consistency. They want a sound foundation on which to build their faith. They want to hear truth, and truth that is real truth does not change. This has always be the case and it always will be. They don't want compromise. They don't want an organization that tries so obviously to pander to what it thinks will appeal to them. Such manipulativeness is so transparent. But the leaders of today's liberal churches just don't seem to get it.

And the gray fades to black.

Take Care

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