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The Thinnest of Soups

I thought this was a fitting description of what most evangelical churches have turned into:
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“And I should also add that, as one EO poet has put it, Evangelical Christianity often serves “the thinnest of soups”. There are many, many churches who preach a vapid gospel, if such can be called the gospel at all. No wonder some search in other places, perhaps having had their minds poisoned against Reformed doctrine, and so excluding oases where the water of life runs freely.”

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/hanegraaff-to-constantinople.92569/page-2, Comment 50

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Why Not Just Watch Television?

An article that sums up my sentiment with respect to liberal, politically correct churches:

“The story is familiar to anyone who has been paying attention. These churches made the decision to chase the latest social fads in the 70’s and 80’s, hoping to make themselves more appealing to the young. The only thing they did was make themselves less attractive to people interested in being part of a traditional Christian sect. It was not just in the pews, but in the clergy as well. Those feeling the call found that the church in which they were raised was not interested in defending and maintaining the faith.

The result is the clergy slowly radicalized. First came the women and then the feminist women. Soon they invited in the homosexuals and the clergy started looking like the faculty of a liberal arts college. That’s when the pews started to empty out. Why bother going to church, when you can get the same liberal lecture from television? That’s what started the decline in church attendance. Instead of offering a shelter from the storm, they decided to chase an over-served market – radical Progressives.”

Source and read more: http://voxday.blogspot.ca/2017/07/expel-your-sjws.html

9 Marks of a Declining Church

Ruinas de Iglesia antigua en Trzęsacz, Polonia (2015)

http://www.freechurchcontinuing.org/publications/articles/item/nine-marks-of-a-declining-church

Feeling Estranged From God?

Read this discussion on the Puritan Board:

https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/im-the-worst.91090/

Ignorance the Mother of Irreligion

B.B. Warfield, “Faith and Life” (found in Selected Shorter Writings, vol. 1.):

Convictions are the root on which the tree of vital Christianity grows. No convictions, no Christianity. Scanty convictions, hunger-bitten Christianity. Profound convictions, solid and substantial religion. Let no man fancy it can be otherwise. Ignorance is not the mother of religion, but of irreligion. The knowledge of God is eternal life, and to know God means that we know him aright.

12 Lies American Evangelicals Believe

Tyler O’Neil, from an October 2016 article:

“Evangelical Christians are supposedly united in their belief that only those who believe the gospel — that Jesus Christ died on the cross for humanity’s sins and rose from the dead three days later — will be saved. But not all who identify as evangelicals even believe this.

According to a September study by LifeWay Research, Americans don’t know much about theology. While most Americans identify as Christians, they seem confused about the details of their faith.

“Contradictory and incompatible beliefs are OK for most people,” explained Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research. Even those who identify as evangelicals often fell into some of the worst theological errors.

Here are twelve lies about God, morality, and salvation which Christians in the study believed, and why they are wrong…”

Read more: https://pjmedia.com/faith/2016/10/24/12-lies-american-evangelicals-believe/?singlepage=true

Immutable and Universally Obligatory

Amongst professing Christians in the West today, there seems to be a belief that God requires us to follow no law but the law to love one another (defined without respect to any of God’s stated commands).  Here is a quote from William Findley that I came across while reading on another topic that shows that Christians once acknowledged the perpetuity of the Ten Commandments:

800px-Bloomington_-_Grace_Fellowship_Assembly_of_God_-_commandments_-_P1040521“As a clear and exact knowledge of the moral law of nature is peculiarly important, in order to understand the whole system of revealed [8] religion, I will state, that it pleased God to deliver, on Mount Sinai, a compendium of this holy law, and to write it with his own hand, on durable tables of stone. This law, which is commonly called the ten commandments, or decalogue, has its foundation in the nature of God and of man, in the relation men bear to him, and to each other, and in the duties which result from those relations; and on this account it is immutable and universally obligatory. Though given in this manner to Israel, as the foundation of the national covenant, then about to be entered into, it demands obedience from all mankind, at all times, and in all conditions of life; and the whole world will finally be judged according to it, and to the opportunity they had of being acquainted with it, whether by reason and tradition alone, or by the light of the written word. This law is spiritual, reaching to the thoughts and intents of the heart. It is necessarily the foundation of all transactions, between the Creator and his rational creatures; and, in this case, was very properly revealed, as the foundation of the covenant of peculiarity with Israel. See Scott on Exod. xx. This was incorporated in the judicial law, as far as divine wisdom thought proper, and is explained and applied by the Saviour, and by the prophets and apostles.”

~William Findley, Observations on “The Two Sons of Oil” (LF ed.) [1812], Chapter 1, Editor: John Caldwell, available online at http://oll.libertyfund.org/titles/findley-observations-on-the-two-sons-of-oil-lf-ed