Friday, April 17, 2009

Diluting the Gospel

“I believe I am not mistaken in saying that Christianity is a demanding and serious religion. When it is delivered as easy and amusing, it is another kind of religion altogether.”
- Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death, as cited in White & Yeats, Franchising McChurch: Feeding Our Obsession with Easy Christianity, 139.


Jeff Lash said...

I had an experience with that idea recently. There is a connection between the gospel we proclaim and how we go about proclaiming it. We don't want to be legalistic about our methods but we also cannot be naive in thinking that our methods don't say something about our message. I have participated in a few evangelistic outreach days where you got points for doing certain things and awards after you were finished. Doesn't this make the gospel extremely trivial? I think it can also discourage people from desiring to be evangelistic. Or, how about our preaching? When we approach Scripture very loosely or tend to preach messages that touch on a passage but never flesh it out, what does that say about our Gospel and God's Word? Anyhow, I think there is a great danger in the church today to trivialize what we hold most dear (for many reasons).

On a side note...I'm looking forward to the conference this weekend.

Ray Van Neste said...

Hey Jeff,

Good comment.
I look forward to seeing you here at the conference!