The “No Rules” Church

I recently read the statistic that 59% of millennials that were raised in church have dropped out.

I would imagine that to be an accurate statistic.

We have, for the most part, lost a generation or two of young people in many of our churches.

It has been reported that the average human attention span has fallen to about eight seconds. {I think it would be hard to preach an 8 second sermon!}

This calls for more and more unorthodox ways to try to keep the younger peoples attention

Also, in order to try to gain some of the millennials “back into the fold” there is a new type of “church” emerging.

A church that is “amoral” or as the Bible says, lascivious.

A lot of folks are looking for a church with “no rules”

I am of the opinion that many if not most of those millennials dropped out because they have never been born again.

Many of these young people have raised their hand, come to an altar or repeated a prayer but they have never experienced the life changing power of the gospel. Some have no testimony of salvation whatever.

They do not have an appetite for spiritual things.

One modern pastor liked to say his church is “theologically conservative and culturally liberal”.

In other words “our theology is conservative but we live like the rest of the world”.

I personally believe no matter how you label your theology if it doesn’t change your life, it’s not Biblical.

By the way, this is not some “new idea”

“there is no new thing under the sun.”

This “no rule” heresy has cropped up time and again in Christianity.

It even has a theological name, antinomianism.

“Theologically, antinomianism is the belief that there are no moral laws God expects Christians to obey.”

Today, we have Christians who cuss like sailors.

Christians who drink alcohol.

Christians who watch nudity {pornography} on television and on the internet.

Christians who gamble.

Christians who use drugs.

There are some folks who say they are Christians, who believe they can live almost any way they want except for being intolerant or judgmental.

The Bible describes these people as; “wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.” 

The Apostle Peter goes on to compare them to a dog that returns to his vomit or a hog that had been washed returning to its filth and mire. {see also the Epistle of Jude}

All of this really boils down to the philosophy of moral relativism. {The belief that concepts such as right and wrong, goodness and badness, or truth and falsehood are not absolute but change from culture to culture and situation to situation. – Encarta Dictionary}

In other words, knowing the difference  between right or wrong is a matter of personal experience or opinion.

Or “my way to God is as good as your way”

The Word of God has been thrown overboard by over half the population.

This calls for the pragmatists to come up with some new methods…some new techniques.

This new type of church and pastor will no doubt attract people who are tired of acting one way on Saturday night and another way on Sunday morning.

I think it will be “a breath of fresh air” for a lot of people. Away with the “pharisees”!

No more pretending.

Now they will be able to behave in church like they behave the rest of the week.

And they will find a pastor who lives just like they do.

I am of the opinion that a true blue, Heaven sent awakening is our only hope. – Brother Shawn

 

 

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