Revolutionists in the Mainline
Tags: Church Growth, Church Growth Movement, Jesus Movement, Chuck Smith, Baby Boomer, Counterculture Church, Baby Boomers, hippie Denominational Church, Evangelical Church, theological liberalism, megachurch, Rousseau, Aldus Huxley, Timothy Leary, John Lennon
The main concern that
initially lead to the Jesus Movements challenge of the traditions of the church was
the manipulative and unbiblical political behavior that runs ramped in denominationalism.
It was the philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men that this
movement rightly turned against. Because of this, the
The popularity of the independent
Christian Counterculture Movement abounded among the younger generation, and especially
the Baby Boomers who came out of the60s era. Many in the
Yet thanks in part to the rise of the
Church Growth consultant, who explained that it was all about marketing, they missed the
spiritual aspects of the phenomenon of the
And so, while reckoning that it was all
about form rather than substance, the
The questions suddenly become: Why would the church turn its back on its own heritage that has produced such a celebrated nation as ours filled with free people? 2 Why would pastors forsake the very traditions that generated a society that allows all Christians to worship God freely and openly? Why would they discard all of this to adopt the social mores of those who advance a world view that is in direct opposition to the Christian faith? Why would they take on the ways of a new-world order that seeks to take the civil liberties of free worshipping Christians away? Why would they seek to throw the cultural richness that was given to us by Christ in order to embrace the society of Rousseau, Huxley, Leary and John (were more popular than Jesus) Lennon? Why would they seek to embrace the world rather than turn from it? Why are they content to conform to the world rather than influencing it?
The answers lie in the love of intellectual liberalism, the disregard of biblical truth, the quest for convenience and the lust after instant success. But those who follow this path will ultimately deliver the church into the destruction of everything that it is. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? (Matt MKJV)
Its is a sad day when the church has forfeited its liberty for the sake of pride and achievement. When it has sold its soul for the sake of 30 pieces of silver. (Matt 26:15) The church, her traditions and the biblical Christian message that she conveys stands as the one true hope for the world today. But if the church, for the sake of becoming like the pagan world that surrounds her, discards her traditions that define her faith and guide her heart to the Holy Scriptures, then the world is lost indeed. The Holy War is real and its outcome will be drenched in significance.
2. Those in the church who are following the relate to
society course need to take a long hard look at church history. They should remember
that it was when Pope Gregory decided to adopt the ways of the pagans in the church to
relate to them that the doctrines of the church of the Middle Ages was seriously
compromised. They ought to recall how the church in the
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