Adversity often reveals the shallowness or the depth of a congregation just like a storm reveals whether the roots of a tree are suffciently deep to anchor it in the high winds. The biggest and most impressive tree will be carried away if its root system isn’t deep enough to sustain it.
Carl Trueman points out that our current cultural moment is one in which some impressive churches and seemingly inviolable movements will be carried away for lack of a just such a root system:
Churches which are doctrine-lite, or which define themselves with a ten or twelve point doctrinal statement, or which portray themselves as a nice, fun supplement to the more important things of life, are rather like the little pig who built his house of straw. When the wolf blows, the house will simply vanish in the wind. For Christians to continue to protest the world in the public square, they need first to be deeply and seriously grounded in the historic, doctrinal, and elaborate Christian faith. A faith built on Wikipedia articles or reducible to 140 characters points to no lasting city.
2 Replies to “The coming collapse of pragmatic churches”
Thank you. This is exactly why the church of which I am a member should stay in PC USA rather than ECO . Through the many years we have remained true to the gospel and recognized injustices. By applying Christs teachings we have atoned and hopefully moved to eliminate those injustices. I really don’t think the roots are deep enough with ECO to weather the storm
Thanks for commenting Joanne. I appreciate your thoughts.