Monday, May 14, 2007
Bible Fruit?
This month, T. M. Moore wrote a challenging article for Breakpoint: "The Fruit of the Word." Moore examines Hebrews 6:7-8 and applies it to contemporary evangelicalism. His thoughts?

The fruit of the Spirit, the tokens of love, obedience unto holiness, and fervent witness for Christ: These are the fruit the Lord Himself is expecting as He cultivates the field of the Church and rains down the waters of His truth upon it, week after week.

So where’s the fruit?

We all know lots of Christians. But I’m willing to bet we know very few Christians who match up to the four-fold profile outlined above as the reasonable fruit of the Word which God is looking for in our lives. Where are they? You don’t see ‘em. I don’t seem ‘em. Christian scholars, pollsters, and sociologists don’t see ‘em. The world complains over and over about our shallowness and hypocrisy. And every year the evangelical church moves more squarely into the margin of moral, social, and cultural issues and debates. What’s wrong? Why is the most Christian-educated generation in all of Church history so devoid of the fruit we should reasonably expect to find in them?

Perhaps we’ll tackle that question in another installment. For now, can we agree on just this much: Contemporary Christian education—from the sermons we hear to the classes we take and the degrees we earn—is very near to being a complete failure, when considered in the light of the fruit we should reasonably expect to find. I know that conclusion won’t set well with many, but I’ve been involved in Christian education for over thirty years, so I have to wear this indictment myself.


posted at 12:30 PM  
Comments (4)

At 1:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Justin says...

Wow, this one really punches to the gut. I can see and agree with Moore on this point.

Thanks for the post, John.

At 7:31 PM, Blogger Arthur Sido said...

I would take exception to this assertion...

>>Why is the most Christian-educated generation in all of Church history so devoid of the fruit we should reasonably expect to find in them?<<

With most pulpits, Sunday schools and Christian schools so devoid of Biblical content, it is no wonder that we are Biblically illiterate and show little fruit. The whole issue of Christian education, in the schools, the home and the church is a vital one for the future.

At 11:26 AM, Anonymous rcwilly2002 said...

I would also take exception to this assurtion... Why is the most Christian-educated generation in all Church history.... Where does one get this idea.

At 1:33 PM, Blogger John said...

Arthur and RC,

Most of Moore's article is trying to defend the very point that you are questioning.

Did you find him unpersuasive? I think he has raised some interesting questions.


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