Revolution is coming, and if the evangelical church wants a piece of the action it must begin to come to grips with the burning issues of the day. This challenge confronted a recent week-long gathering of more than 300 evangelical leaders. Most seemed ready to respond.
Seminar ’70, sponsored by Christian Leadership Seminars, brought together at a Buck Hill Falls, Pennsylvania, resort a cross section of top evangelical leaders to consider “Youth, the Church and the World.” Some college students represented the younger generation.
On the opening night, Francis Schaeffer of Switzerland’s L’Abri Fellowship warned that problems the Church encountered in the sixties are “child’s play” compared to what it will face in the “post-Christian” seventies. In the sessions that followed, the group took a long, hard look at the Church and the present decade.
Black evangelist Tom Skinner painted a sad picture of evangelicals’ failure to reach the inner city and the black community. He charged that black people are locked out of the evangelical church and called upon evangelicals to present a “de-honkified Christ” to blacks. He also said that in many instances evangelicals’ efforts in the inner city are hampered because no evangelical churches remain there.
It became clear at the conference that frustration with the Church felt by the young is not confined to those outside it. Evangelical young people questioned how they could continue to work within the structure of the evangelical establishment when leaders seem “hung up” on the status quo and deny them the freedom to carry out the implications of their Christian faith in the political and social ...1
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