“As preachers, and even as Christians, we must understand the trends of secularization and advance that the only authentic Christian response to the challenge of secularization is faithful, clear, and informed expository preaching… Our job as preachers is not to make the message of the gospel palatable to the postmodern mind but to preach in a way that is compelling, clear, and authoritative. The times may have changed, but the task of preaching has not.”
- Al Mohler
There’s something sad – if not also a little creepy – about old abandoned homes... Don't you agree?
That’s not to say ALL abandoned homes are sad. I’ve never driven past a trailer park filled with vacant trailers and felt anything akin to sorrow. Nothing against trailers or those who call them home, it’s just that trailers are utilitarian things and were never meant for beauty. The same cannot be said, however, for the abandoned and decaying homes one sometimes stumbles across in one's travels. On the odd occasion passing through a strange neighborhood it may only take a casual glance at some ancient place wilting and sagging in the noonday sun to inform the passerby that once upon a time this was a stately place. Once upon a time it was beautiful. Once upon a time, long ago before unforeseen circumstances led to its peeling paint, spongy porch and broken windows, this was a place of greatness… In such circumstances even the causal passerby might be tempted to shed a tear or two for what once was but now is not.
According to Spencer evangelicalism will soon become a house deserted for the following reasons:
Those are Spencer's thoughts in a nutshell... and there is something very disturbing about them.
Someone reading this might ask me - why raise this gloomy issue at all?
To begin with I am part of the Reformed tradition... and while most American evangelicals consider the Reformed tradition to be (at best) a kind of eccentric and stogy step-cousin, to the evangelical family, I nevertheless have a great deal of heartfelt sympathy for my evangelical brethren. It would grieve me tremendously to one day see the great house of evangelicalism lying in ruins. Furthermore, I prayerfully hope that the problems highlighted by Spencer (assuming they are accurate) can be corrected within the evangelical community and that Christ will graciously protect it from any and all self-destructive errors. But over and above all of this, I recognize what I hope all Christians reading this post will recognize regardless of the theological tradition from which they come – namely, that the errors which plague one part of Christ’s Body today might easily plague another part tomorrow.
Let us earnestly consider how Spencer’s argument might apply to us and let us humbly ask the Lord of the Church to correct our own in-house errors so that we - along with all of the household of God - might be strengthened in Christ for His glory and never fall into dereliction.
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Rev. R Crabtree
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