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The Coming Evangelical Collapse?

March 21, 2009 Leave a comment

I’m not endorsing this. It has, however, received a great deal of attention from a variety of sources. I spotted it on realclearpolitics . It also received large play on Drudge. I’m in the midst of reading The Fall of the Evangelical Nation, a book by Christine Wicker with the same theme.

There’s much in here that I understand and agree with. In particular, I’ve never agreed with the churches and church leaders who have sold out to the Republicans. Neither, however, am I impressed with those such as Jim Wallis and Tony Campolo, among others, who want to swing the Evangelicals to the Democrats.

Instead, the Evangelical movement should return to its focus, and that should be on preaching the Gospel.

As an Evangelical, I’m dreadfully disappointed with what passes for much Evangelical thought today.

I think that Spencer has identified the symptoms of the problem, not the causes. One of the causes, in my estimation, is a lack of confidence in Scripture, and in preaching Scripture. Instead, drama, spectacle, “felt needs”, funny stories, and coffee bars have taken precedence in far too many churches.

There are far too many churches who have Pastors that don’t feel it’s important to preach the Bible. “Relevance” is the watchword. While some of these churches may have momentary numerical growth, they don’t have preaching and teaching on issues of paramount import- Who God is and what He’s done. The message of the Gospel- We’re sinners in need of a Savior, that God is a Holy God who cannot abide our sin, is a hard message that is meant to divide. However, the promise that’s offered- that because of God’s Grace and Mercy He provided His Only Son as a sacrifice to pay the price for our sin to those who believe and repent, should be the message that Evangelical churches should drive home.