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“Contextualization” and the Corruption of the Church
Grace To You ^ | Sept 22, 2011 | John MacArthur

Posted on 01/22/2014 9:57:35 AM PST by HarleyD

It should be clear that modern church marketers cannot look to the apostle Paul for approval of their methodology or claim him as the father of their philosophy. Although he ministered to the vilest pagans throughout the Roman world, Paul never adapted the church to secular society’s tastes. He would not think of altering either the message or the nature of the church. Each of the churches he founded had its own unique personality and set of problems, but Paul’s teaching, his strategy, and above all his message remained the same throughout his ministry. His means of ministry was always preaching—the straightforward proclamation of biblical truth.

By contrast, the “contextualization” of the gospel today has infected the church with the spirit of the age. It has opened the church’s doors wide for worldliness, shallowness, and in some cases a crass, party atmosphere. The world now sets the agenda for the church.

This is demonstrated clearly in a book by James Davison Hunter, a sociology professor at the University of Virginia. Hunter surveyed students in evangelical colleges and seminaries, and concluded that evangelical Christianity has changed dramatically in the past three decades. He found that young evangelicals have become significantly more tolerant of activities once viewed as worldly or immoral—including smoking, using marijuana, attending R-rated movies, and premarital sex. Hunter wrote,

What Hunter noted among evangelical students is a reflection of what has happened to the entire evangelical church. Many professing Christians appear to care far more about the world’s opinion than about God’s. Churches are so engrossed in trying to please non-Christians that many have forgotten their first duty is to please God (2 Cor. 5:9). The church has been so over-contextualized that it has become corrupted by the world.

TOPICS: Evangelical Christian; General Discusssion; Mainline Protestant
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1 posted on 01/22/2014 9:57:35 AM PST by HarleyD
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To: HarleyD

By trying to be relevant, modern-day religion has rendered itself irrelevant.

I’ve been a homeless Christian for a long time now.

2 posted on 01/22/2014 10:10:51 AM PST by Arm_Bears (Refuse; Resist; Rebel; Revolt!)
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I can identify with you. It is difficult to find a good church home. I once heard a saying that the church is like Noah's ark. You can only stand the stink inside because of the storm outside. In most cases that is an apt description. But I know some of this is due to my own laziness. It's really easy for me to want to sleep in, complain of the sermons, say it's too far to drive, or pass the buck in some other way for my failure to find and participate in a good church.

If you can't make it to church for disability reasons, there are lots of good, solid resources out their. John MacArthur at this site has a lot of very good sermons I've listen to. You might also try which has a lot of wonderful sermons to listen to.

If you still do not feel compel to do any of this, you might want to ask yourself why? David said, "I was glad when they said to me, 'Let us go to the house of the LORD!'" Our hearts are deceitful things and they will tear us away from God. Please remember that it is God who really wants to have fellowship with us. When we are not studying His word or participating in worship, we are rejecting Him.

Tit 2:7-8 Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.

3 posted on 01/22/2014 10:50:39 AM PST by HarleyD ( of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.)
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