The general deterioration of the World situation, the population explosion without a corresponding acceleration in the world’s spiritual birthrate, and the seeming loss of spiritual power to he noted among Christians and in the corporate church is causing deep searching of heart by thoughtful Christians. There is a feeling that something must happen to bring a change in the situation.
Some would have the Church become “involved” in the world to such an extent that no distinction would be made between a believer and a non-believer. These feel that Christianity is no longer a force to be reckoned with because it is not relevant to the contemporary world scene. Because the gospel message had its origin in the first century and this is the twentieth, and because the Bible stresses an other-worldly orientation for the Christian that seems unrealistic for our times, there are those who feel the historic, biblically based Christianity of our forefathers is no longer applicable.
On the other hand, many sincere Christians are deeply troubled because the phrase, “the post-Christian era,” has a ring of reality that disturbs the soul and shakes confidence in present methods to reach an unbelieving world that is in desperate need.
In considering the theories of those who would reject the present validity of historic Christianity, let us ask a few questions: Are the basic needs of men different now from what they were 2,000 years ago? Or has God’s provision for those needs changed? Despite the sophistication of our age and the almost unbelievable advances in science, is man basically different from what he was in the time of Christ?
The human heart was deceitful then and is deceitful today. The lusts of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and ...1
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