Have we reached the end of Evangelicalism? This is the question the church needs to ask in this day and age – if it is at all interested in asking the question that is.
This Blog posting is being written by someone who is a non-conformist in many ways, refusing to attend a church simply because I should do so (according to most ‘Christians’ anyway). It is written by someone who has a high regard for the local church as being central to the purposes of God in the salvation of the elect and the building up of the saints.
Yet I am asking this question – has Evangelicalism reached its end? Can there be any hope for Evangelicalism in this age of pragmatism and liberalism? Has the local church reached the end for that matter? If it is no longer the bastion of Evangelicalism and Truth, what is the point of the local church?
My argument is that the local church is pointless in its current state with its all in inclusive acceptance of all and every whim under the sun going by the name ‘Christian.’ If it has a description of being ‘Christian’ than the church accepts it as such with little questioning.
A look at any Koorong Bookshop shows clearly that there is no longer any standard of truth that defines Evangelicalism in this day and age. If it is called ‘Christian,’ it is enough for inclusion.
The Evangelicalism of a past era is now quickly passing away. The church which was to be the ground and pillar of the truth has yielded ground and error has come sailing in to the point where it is hardly ever challenged.
These days you are more likely to have ‘Evangelicals’ saying that ‘you will never find a perfect church’ or similar sentiment, while being content to stay with a church because it is better to stay with ‘Christians,’ because we need each other. There are so many good things and reasons to stay in a church, so believers are unlikely to cause a fuss despite glaring omissions from the Scriptural standard for the local church.
There will always be errors and problems in local churches, that is true – but do we need to find this an acceptable state of affairs? Is Evangelicalism dead and buried? No, it is not! It still exists and there are churches in which it is clearly so. However, there are plenty of reasons why believers need to begin considering (and indeed this has long been the case) whether it is time to come out and to be separate, forming new congregations of local churches that are faithful to the Biblical standard. These churches may well be small, but this is probably the way of the future except the Lord of the Harvest revive His work.