Trends in Christianity

Christ Church, Coatham, Redcar

We talk a lot about our faith and our walk as followers of Jesus, and how the Church in our generation is changing to meet the needs of the times but also shifting into some new and interesting trends.  Pollster George Barna says that the changing role of Christianity finds that 40 percent of Americans can’t name an American leader they consider to be an influential Christian. And he found that millennials or young adults are linking their vocation to their faith, and four-fifths of them admit that they have no idea how the Bible applies to their lives, their jobs or their professional interests.

Meanwhile we’re still seeing a “do more, try harder” version of Christianity in the culture wars on the Right, and the social justice calls to action on the Left. But both Conservative and Liberal Christians seem involved in those activities more than they are presenting a clear proclamation of Christ. In his book, Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church, Michael Horton says overall, our focus still seems to be on us and our activity rather than on God and his work in Jesus Christ. In all of these approaches, there is the tendency to make God a supporting character in our own life movie rather than to be rewritten as new characters in God’s drama of redemption.


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4 Responses to Trends in Christianity

  1. Mr Davis says:

    It is no wonder that the church, which, has departed from preaching the truth, and practicing the truth in it operation and conduct, has bred a culture that believes God is whatever you want your God to be. For that is exactly the example we are putting forward in our bodies making a god suitable for ourselves instead of accepting the WORD of the Living God. To whom we will all give an account. Puting that Word into practice, which, we also have received from the Apostles and Paul.

    Because of our wickedness, we preach what is convienient we practice what is convienient and where the word offends us we set that asside ignoring its existence or explaining it away.

    Isaiah rightly said,
    His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.
    Isaiah 56:10-11

    And on the other side is another issue who seek a righteousness through actions as if anything we do could make us righteous. Thus wicked men bring to bear a new gospel which was not taught by the apostles of Christ but by other wicked men.

    This is what we have received from Paul,

    Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

    I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
    Galatians 2:17 & 21

    Our actions are to be driven by the Spirit if the Spirit be in us, that the law of Love should reign in us. So we should no longer live to ourselves but unto Christ who gave His life for mine. Our motives being driven by the purity of His Character and His will for us that we lay down our lives for one another.

    And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

    Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: 1 Corinthians 13:3-8

    Oh that God would grant us repentance in the futility of our thinking and return again to the truth of His righteous word.

    Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. Isaiah 55:6-11 And Indeed The Word, Jesus Christ did!

    May we all cling in desperation to the Holy One and His Cross alone, instead of following desperate men.

    For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
    1 Corinthians 1:17-18

    May God have mercy and truly change our hearts and minds in this and cause us to obey.

    Take care all.

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    • otto says:

      That's if you assume the bible is correct. How do you know? Also, let's assume it is correct… mistranslations and editorial car blanche was taken by it's many translators of the millenium which all had different motivations and opinions, resulting in a product that is guaranteed to be no where close to the original "word of god". It is the largest game of telephone ever… and you fell for it. Research more please. Don't refer to the bible as point and case for an argument, and use your mind.

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  2. Amy Spreeman says:

    Hi Otto, you probably won't find much to agree with on our site. We start with the presupposition that the Bible is true, and the one source of absolute truth. We do use our minds; we just have different world views.

    We could talk about the differences in translations I suppose, but from what you've posted it sounds like we might frustrate you. Happy to give it a whirl though! Take care,
    ~A

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  3. Mr Davis says:

    Otto, one of the most fascinating discoveries that has been revealed to me as of late is found in the architecture of the Bible itself. You should check out K house sometime and investigate why some men are refering to the bible as an integrated message system. And Perhaps you will see for yourself, how in the original languages God Himself authenticates His very word to know without a doubt it is from Him. Otto if perhaps you are convinced that God's word is true you will not be able to grasp it without the Holy Spirit for the word of God is a revelation of the mind of God.

    Isaiah 42
    8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. 9 Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare : before they spring forth I tell you of them.

    Isaiah 41
    26 Who hath declared from the beginning, that we may know ? and beforetime, that we may say, He is righteous? yea, there is none that sheweth, yea, there is none that declareth, yea, there is none that heareth your words.

    History itself bears witness to God word.

    Isaiah 40
    12 Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance? 13 Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counsellor hath taught him? 14 With whom took he counsel , and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding? 15 Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing. 16 And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn , nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering. 17 All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity. 18 To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?

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