Well, it's that time again. Time to tell you what Ingrid Schluetter of Slice of Laodicea has been up to. Recently she has become upset by Dr. Ravi Zacharias not using the name of Jesus at the close of his prayer in the National Day of Prayer. She feels Dr. Zacharias and others in the National Day of Prayer Committee are compromising. She was fair and did include Zacharias' response. If this type of thing interests you, then go to her blog and read all the posts concerning it. But I want to focus on one of her posts on this subject found here.
While I'm not extremely upset with what Dr. Zacharias did, probably because I like his theology and style which seems to me very NON-compromising, I do understand Ingrid's point. But, leaving aside the using or not using Jesus' name in prayer, I want to point out what really struck me as a very good analysis of where the evangelical church is today. IMO, Ingrid is one fo the best analysts fo the current state of the evangelical church. I know many readers of this blog vehemently disagree. But anyway, this analysis is found at the end of her post. Here it is,
In a nation that is polytheistic, Christians shelving the name of their Savior to “not offend” is only adding to the spiritual confusion in our country. Adding to the problem are decades of interfaith culture war activism that have created coalitions across religious lines. While the thought of all social conservatives across religious lines working together to save America seemed like a good idea, it is interesting to trace what has happened in the last 20 years of this kind of coalition building. What has happened to the church and the Gospel, that is.
1. The evangelical church is openly accepting heresy that would have been unimaginable just a few years ago. For a man like Brian McLaren to be invited to and welcomed at a supposedly evangelical church like Willow Creek while denying hell, the substitutionary atonement and the Second Coming of Christ is about as good of an example of this as exists. The church is welcoming monstrous error into its midst and nobody seems to raise an eyebrow.
As I've said here before, it's the Atonement that everyone is after. Every so often, satan looks into his bag and ferrets around to find what will sell to Christians in order to destroy the church. These days, the ole' "the Atonement isnt that important/necessary/true" - (pick one--or all of them if you wish) - is the one he has pulled out of his magic bag of tricks.
2. While there are claims of progress in holding back the radical homosexual political agenda in some states, and while some claim abortions are down, ironically, moral corruption with the church itself makes headlines every week. Pastors busted for porn, for child molestation, for abuse of every kind. The ever worsening cultural filth in media pours into Christian homes today, creating pastors and church members who are up to their necks in the world and the flesh and who have language that is so bad it would have been offensive to non-believers only a short time ago in our country. Additionally, Christian schools have become repositories for the children from these same evangelical homes where the world has full sway. Ask any Christian school principle or teacher what they have to deal with now that wouldn’t have been conceivable only a short while ago. This is the church, folks.
Again, here's another trick that satan found in his bag that has worked in previous ages. Let's see if we can make the church like the world so that it will be "relevant." Listen, even the liberal Protestants who strained to be as "relevant" as can be, weren't as bad as many so-called evangelical churches today. Ingrid is right on the money with this one IMO. She finishes by saying the following. And, it is one of the best statements Iv'e read recently. I like ingrid because she tells it like it is.
So while Christian activists who care about America have admirably been out trying to damp down the eruptions of hell all over this country, the church has been growing sicker by the moment, the resulting worthless, man-centered, faux gospel has been substituted for the real thing, and our nation only continues downhill on greased skids. In other words, while evangelical leaders focused on electing the right President and restoring Mayberry, USA, the enemy was walking boldly in the door of our unprotected churches. Ironically, the church is ending up looking as bad as the world as a result.
I can only add......Amen.
Source: Again, the entire post is found here.
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