Anthony W. Brooks
I am tired. I am tired of pretending that evangelicalism is anything more than political grandstanding. The church and the Christian Faith must be more than this. When did it become okay to say the pledge of allegiance in a worship service, or sing the National Anthem? When did this become the Evangelical faith of historic Christianity?
Evangelicalism was rescued from the leftists in the 80’s and 90’s and since then has become nothing more than a common man’s branch of government. Evangelicalism plays word games and hosts conferences saying one thing and doing another. “Yes we believe homosexuality is a sin, but let us hold conferences where we affirm a place for ‘gay Christians’ among our ranks.” And “we want equality for all people so let’s have separate communion tables for our black members and black spaces and black Sunday school classes so they can be comfortable in their blackness without the white patriarchy looking down on them…”
“Wokeness” has become the lesson in the Sunday schools, sermons, governments, children’s churches. Eric Mason has become their patriarch. Teaching only an inch deep and a mile wide, never going beyond Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so. And you would think they would have learned from their past mistakes.
The Cost of Truth is Empty Pews
There is a reason why deep things are costly. Empty seats await the church who teaches the whole counsel of God. Sure their are fairly large churches who teach the whole counsel of God, but that is because people who want that seek these churches out and move their families there. But look at churches within my own denomination: average attendance 150 or less. Why? Because Expository preaching is boring, liturgy is boring, confession of sin openly is uncomfortable, ancient hymns and singing psalms is weird, and the wine we use for the lord’s table tastes bad. Among other things we also have bad politics and unpopular opinions.
If you are looking for a solution to this problem you might as well call a coroner. Evangelicalism is already dead. The average evangelical attends church 5 times a year. I know a few professing Christians who have not attended in over two years. The movement is dead and honestly it should remain as such. The movement since its recovery in the mid 90’s has flirted with liberal theology and morals. The movement has become hyper-politicized and adopted whatever the Republican platform is that year. The refusal to catechize but entertain, the refusal to call out sin but foster it, the refusal to teach the whole counsel of God but cherry pick the Bible, these are the marks of a dead church. Solution? What solution. Euthanasia is the only solution. Kill the Evangelical movement and the truly faithful will remain, the rest will scatter.
Soli Deo Gloria!
Picture: First Baptist Church Dallas Texas worship service on July 4th