Monday, July 15, 2002

Gene Edward Veith on the shift from church as sacred temple to church as "ministry center" or "family worship center," in Terry Mattingly's syndicated column:

American churches have been complicit in this new and heretical anti-church movement. Many have become so indifferent to theology that their version of Christianity consists of little more than to use the words of country singer Tom T. Hall, 'me and Jesus.' If Christianity is about the private, inner, undefined relationship between an individual and Jesus, there is little need for God's word, the sacraments, doctrine, pastors or the church.

Which fits America's consumer approach to spirituality, but makes the church an identity-less, incoherent ex-institution.

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