Monday, August 12, 2013

A Church With the Wrong Foundation

Excerpt from Gary Gilley's "This Little Church Went to Market:"

"The purpose of worship is clearly to express the greatness of God and not simply to find inward
release or, still less, amusement. Worship is theological rather than psychological.
And then there is the issue of sin. In a psychological world sin is reduced to sickness and addiction. The sinner is not seen as depraved, but as a victim. What is lost is our capacity to understand life, and ourselves, as sinful.  When the seeker-sensitive church adopts the language and theology of psychology , it then attempts to dispense psychological prescriptions for life's issues rather than biblical ones, for after all, it reasons, the world now thinks within the framework of psychology and we must be relevant. The result is, as the prophet Jeremiah warned in his day, "They have healed the brokenness of My people superficially" (Jeremiah 6:14).
 "We need the faith of the ages, not the reconstructions of a therapeutically driven or commericially inspired faith.  And we need it, not least, because without it our postmodern world will become starved for the Word of God."

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