The Christian task force around the world is agreed that in order to survive the twentieth century in portly strength the Christian church needs to accelerate its thrust on every frontier. What imposing obstacles hinder the Christian offensive? What are the main obstructions to Christian initiative?
Each year the News Department ofCHRISTIANITY TODAYsolicits the opinions of 25 leading religious scholars on a timely question of spiritual importance. These replies have become a traditional feature of our anniversary issue. Specifically, this year’s question is:
What, in your opinion, is the chief obstacle to Christian advance in our time?
Here are the replies:
ANDREW W. BLACKWOOD, professor emeritus, Princeton Theological Seminary: “Apart from sin itself, lack of loyalty to God on the part of professing Christians. As faith’s response to divine grace, supremely at the Cross, increase of loyalty would bring advance in all that we churchmen do to seek first God’s Kingdom and the crown rights of our Redeemer.”
F. F. BRUCE, professor, University of Manchester: “The chief obstacle is Christian reluctance to advance, to leave the comfortable security of the familiar and traditional for the insecurity of the revolutionary and unknown. If Christians showed half the resolution and dedication in the interests of the Kingdom of God that Communists exhibit in the promotion of their cause, the scale of Christian advance would be transformed out of recognition.”
EMIL BRUNNER, professor emeritus, University of Zürich: “The main obstacle is obviously the guilt of the past centuries, namely the Christian mission having been a part of Western imperialism, or to put it more mildly, the Christian mission letting itself be protected by the Western powers. ...1
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