One of the blog feeds that I make sure is always up-to-date in my newsreader is from fellow Calvary Chapel pastor Charles Nestor. Today’s blogpost refers to another article by Steve Camp, “Doctrinally Disfigured”, which hits the nail squarely on the head RE: the current trend to trendifyize the church.

The first two paragraphs hit the initial home run which sets the tone for the rest of the article:

The face of evangelicalism has been altered so dramatically that it looks “doctrinally disfigured” suffering from one too many “botox injections” of pragmaticism and ecumenism; with severe “soteriological ‘nips and tucks'” that gifted “plastic surgeons” skilled with the scalpel of New Perspectivism, Inclusivism, Open Theism and Postmodernism have cut away so much of authentic gospel “tissue” that what’s left is just a synthetic, artificial “message-manikin.” The “religious legislative laser technicians” have almost burned away the aged wrinkles of faithfulness to God’s Word trying to give a “new face of influence” through political co-belligerence–turning the body of Christ into just another lobbyist group, PAC or “Christocrat.” Seminaries are having “theological lypo-suction” done at such alarming rates that even the doctrinal positions of TBN, by comparison, are looking deceptively… “orthodox.” And “full body makeovers” of local churches are being done so effectivel! y so as to not have to look like church, sound like church, act like church, be called a church, or function as a church that they could be featured on a special ecclesiatical episode of “The Swan.”

All sardonic metaphor aside, here’s the plain truth: the rule of faith is no longer considered the Scriptures, but experience; the goal of faith is no longer considered holiness, but personal happiness; the purpose of faith is no longer considered the glory of God, but being ‘in conversation’ with the culture; and the object of faith is no longer considered Christ, but self. In other words, ‘Evangelical Christianity’ is becoming completely unrecognizable.

This is an incisive, spot-on, awesome analysis of the current Christian scene – you need to read this article.

And Charles – thanks for turning us on to it.

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