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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Self-Check for Christians

Internet Monk had this up, and I thought it was worth sharing.


1. Vast evidence of a growing doctrinal deterioration on the essentials and implications of the Gospel.

2. The expansion and influence of the “Prosperity Gospel” throughout evangelicalism.

3. The loss of the concept of meaningful church membership and the rise of the “audience-only” model of church participation.

4. The loss of the theological “center” in mainline churches at the precise time many evangelicals are open to reconsidering the mainline vision of worship, especially in Anglicanism.

5. The triumph and glorification of unchecked pragmatic entrepreneurialism, especially in worship, but in all areas of evangelical life.

6. The corrosive and compromised influence of Christian publishing in shaping evangelicalism, as exemplified in the rise of Joel Osteen, The Prayer of Jabez and the Prosperity Gospel.

7. Growing chaos in the theological and practical preparation of pastors, especially in the “emerging” church.

8. The failure of the “Seeker” model to use its vast resources and influence to produce a Christian counter-culture or challenge the “program centered/facilities centered” model of evangelicalism.

9. The lack of rising “Billy Graham” quality new leaders for the larger evangelical movement.

10. The failure of most evangelical denominations to broadly embrace and effectively mentor the current church planting movement.

11. The demise of quality Biblical preaching at the hands of technology and entertainment.

12. The apparently fatal infection of much of the emerging church movement with the failed theology of 20th century liberalism.

13. The cannibalism of evangelicalism on issues related to theological, cultural, social and political diversity.


Sallie said...

I think I missed feminism in the list.. I would say that is close to, or maybe the number one thing... women yell ME ME ME and men don't be the men leading their families to a closer relationship with Jesus..


Kelly said...

Boy, I think this hits the nail right on the head. Many of my husband's family have moved to a "megachurch" and I find some of their practices a little odd. For example, they SELL coffee and doughnuts in the um, "worship space." They say that it's fine because it's for a good cause . . .

All of their homilies are tv or movie tie-ins, too. They had one for several weeks on CSI, and another long one on Spiderman.