Quotes (99)

john-macarthur.jpg An overpowering surge of ardent pragmatism is sweeping through evangelicalism. Traditional methodology–most notably preaching–is being discarded or downplayed in favor of newer means, such as drama, dance, comedy, variety, side-show histrionics, pop-psychology, and other entertainment forms. The new methods supposedly are more “effective”–that is, they draw a bigger crowd. And since for many the chief criterion for gauging the success of a church has become attendance figures, whatever pulls in the most people is accepted without critical analysis as good.

- John MacArthur

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  1. DavidW says:

    One “proof” I’ve been given regarding the legitimacy of pragmatism (though they perhaps wouldn’t label it such) is the Gamaliel card: “If it’s of God, it will last, if not, it will fall”. And with that, one of my emergent friends throws out the necessity for practical biblical discernment. Totally ignored are all the biblical and historical evidences to the contrary. If longevity were a test of that which is approved by God, then Hinduism, Buddhism, Polytheism, Pantheism, and other ancient religions which predate Christianity (yet still exist) would trump Christianity. And within “Christendom”, certainly Catholicism would trump Protestantism.

    In similar fashion, “just look how God has blessed this church (financially)”, or “we are thriving (numerically) in the least churched city in America”, or “look how many are coming to Christ (that is, coming to our church) here”, seems proof positive that their church is approved/blessed by God.

    Jesus Himself provides a sober reminder that this very pragmatic mindset is blind and delusional.

    ‘Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have caste out demons? and in your name done many wonderful works? And then I will profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, you who work iniquity” (Matt. 7:22-23)

    And to the church at Laodicea Jesus warns: “Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and do not know that you are wretched, and miserable, and poor and blind and naked: I counsel you to buy from Me gold tried in the fire, that you may be rich, and white clothing, that you may be clothed, and that the shame of your nakedness does not appear; and anoint your eyes with eyesalve, that you may see.” (Rev. 3:17-18)

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