Let’s give poor Mr. Horvath a break and pay a visit to our old friends at Tektonics Apologetics Ministries. Here’s a front-page article on The failure of the church to educate:
This is an article about how the church at large has failed us.
It is, of course, by no means meant to imply that there are not exceptions to the rules to be discussed. You may be part of a local church body without these failings, and if you are, you should be glad of it. But let’s be honest — most churches ARE failing when it comes to these matters we will discuss.
The article is introduced by two quotes, one of them from Dr. Daniel Wallace:
Even with the proliferation of Bibles today, Christians are reading their Bibles less and less. I believe the evangelical church has only 50 years of life left…because of marginalization of the Word of God. We need another Reformation! The enemy of the gospel now is not religious hierarchy but moral anarchy, not tradition but entertainment. The enemy of the gospel is Protestantism run amuck; it is an anti-intellectual, anti-knowledge, feel-good faith that has no content and no convictions. Part of the communal repentance that is needed is a repentance about the text. And even more importantly, there must be a repentance with regard to Christ our Lord. Just as the Bible has been marginalized, Jesus Christ has been ‘buddy-ized.’ His transcendence and majesty are only winked at, as we turn him into the genie in the bottle, beseeching God for more conveniences, more luxury, less hassle, and a life without worries or lack of comfort. He no longer wears the face that the apostles recognized. … The God we worship today no longer resembles the God of the Bible. Unless we return to him through a reading and digesting of the scriptures—through a commitment to the text, the evangelical church will become irrelevant, useless, dead.
But I’m going to take a contrasting view: the problem with modern Christianity is not that Christians fail to act as though they really believed in it, it’s that God fails to behave as though He believed in it. The church is straying, not because all Christians ought to be more thoroughly indoctrinated or because their religious faith needs to be more like doing homework, but because they have no real-world center of reference for their notions of what God ought to be like or how He wants us to relate to Him. And that, simply put, is exactly what we would expect in a world where God was a figment of human imagination.
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