Now that’s a whipping.

October 12, 2007 at 8:38 am 2 comments

One of the blogs I read regularly is called Dying Church (find it here) and it is mostly a collection of comments and essays by a variety of authors.  Darryl Dash is the compiler and there is always something thought provoking to be found there.  I found the quotation that follows first on Dying Church.

Edmund Clowney was a theologian of the Calvinist kind, which is not a position I care for at all, but Dr. Clowney was a brilliant man and knew how to speak his mind.  What follows is a quote from a longer essay that puts such a whipping on the American institutional church you would think it was written in 2007 instead of in the Spring of 1979.

Read it and weep.

The politics of the kingdom demand that Christians take seriously the structure of the church as the form of the people of God on earth. Today the church stands not so much as an institution as a ruin. Preachers of another gospel are not only tolerated; they control the church. The church is in Babylonian captivity to secular goals and values. While radical theologians serve the political left, there is no lack of conservative preachers to proclaim a fascist nationalism in the name of Christ. No longer does the church’s ministry of mercy bear witness to the compassion of Christ’s gospel. Instead, Christians spend on extravagant luxuries the funds Christ has entrusted to them for the relief of the poor and needy.

The deep fellowship of love that joins the Lord’s people finds little expression in churches that meet for one brief hour of formal boredom every Sunday morning. Evangelism has been shifted by default to para-ecclesiastical organizations, many presenting a truncated gospel, and most by their very specialization detaching the gospel from the life of a serving and loving community.

It is time for judgment to begin in the house of God. Let the church break with the deadening customs that have stifled its living service of the Lord. Let it put in practice the politics of the kingdom, and a reformed church will show the world the meaning of true life in community. It will also find an open door that no man can shut in proclaiming Jesus Christ, the Alpha and Omega, the Lord of history and salvation.

Preach it!

You can find the full article here.


Entry filed under: Authority, Belief, Christianity, Church, Culture, Faith, Holy Spirit, Institutional church, Jesus, Kingdom, The Father, Thoughts.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. tomterrific  |  October 12, 2007 at 12:49 pm

    Sorry Bro, I gave up self-flagellation for lent. It serves no purpose. It doesn’t lead to repentance.

    Besides, I am so tired of all us so-called serious Christians trashing everyone who isn’t just like us. Always finding fault.

    It’s wearying.

    Don’t get me wrong. I like a good “woe is us, America is heading to Hell in a handbasket, handwringing in despair, frustration and self-satisfaction” time, as much as the next self-righteous Believer. It’s just I did it for so many years and I really don’t think it got me anywhere.

    The one thing it did accomplish?

    For a little while I was able to take my laser-like sense of super-righteous obligation off myself and instead instead use it to point out all the flaws of those others. For a little while I felt good about my own Christian life and could stop feeling like a failure.

    But the results were just temporary.

    By the way. Didn’t the Lord say He’s spare Sodom if there were just ten righteous? So what was the ratio of righteous to sinners in Sodom? How many would America need to be spared?

    Don’t we have at least than many “true” Christians? I mean, there’s got to be more than you and me, right?

    But actually, I’m not so sure about you.

    God’s Best.

    Tom K.

  • 2. Mike  |  October 12, 2007 at 8:49 am

    I thought the whipping you would be talking about would be the Rockies whipping up on everyone. No spiritualism here just good clean fun! The black sheep talking again. Go Rockies!

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