Thursday, October 26, 2006
Christians Do Not Live Like They Say They Believe
On the Reformation 21 blog, Ligon Duncan posted an article from the online Kairos Journal (subscription required) in: "The Worldliness of the Evangelical Churches: A Kairos News Report." The following is an introduction from this must read article:

Sometimes Christians can “tune out” the criticisms of unbelievers simply because they are non Christians. It is a dangerous habit to develop. Very often those outside the Christian community can offer a fresh criticism that the Church needs to hear. Take sociologist Alan Wolfe for example. He serves as the Director of the Boisi Center at Boston University and is a self-described agnostic. Wolfe has spent several years now studying the beliefs of evangelical churches to see if they truly live their lives in ways consistent with what they believe. His method of finding this out was deceptively simple. He went out across America and visited specifically evangelical churches. His observations are put forth with disturbing clarity in The Transformation of American Religion.

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At 7:01 PM, Blogger Marsha said...

I completely agree. My Morman friend leveled critism at the Christian church at large, saying so much of it is "easy Christianity". I had to totally agree with him and I had to examine my own Christianity to see if I was portraying an "easy Christianity". In fact I had been, and I was able to give him a paper describing easy Christianity and told him I had to examine my self in light of it.

 
At 9:17 AM, Blogger Jacob said...

This clearly shows how closely linked orthodoxy is with orthopraxy. Evangelicals say they believe certain things, but do they really? I'm not saying that confessional protestants are always any better, of course. I consider myself to be blessed to be in a church where the Gospel is preached, truthfully and lovingly.

 

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