Friday, September 21, 2018

Guinness: gaps in the Church's wall

Friday, September 21, 2018
    Feast of Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist
    God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged.
    —Hebrews 6:18 (NIV)
    Modern Christianity is crucially weak at three vital points. The first is its compromised, deficient understanding of revelation. Without Biblical historicity and veracity behind the Word of God, theology can only grow closer to Hinduism. Second, the modern Christian is drastically weak in an unmediated, personal, experiential knowledge of God. Often, what passes for religious experience is a communal emotion felt in church services, in meetings, in singing or contrived fellowship. Few Christians would know God on their own. Third, the modern church is often pathetically feeble in the expression of its focal principle of community. It has become an adult social club, preaching shop, or minister-dominated group. With these weaknesses, modern Christianity cannot hope to understand why people have turned to the East, let alone stand against the trend and offer an alternative.
    ... Os Guinness (b. 1941), The Dust of Death, Leicester: Inter-Varsity Press, 1973, p. 209 (see the book)
    See also Heb. 6:18; Matt. 14:1-2; Luke 1:1-4; 2:1-2; 3:1; 9:7; Acts 12:19-23; 18:12; 25:13; 1 John 4:8
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, remove the counterfeits and restore Your church.
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