Friday, November 23, 2012
We often write about the “evangelical circus” we see in America today, and some are not pleased with us equating evangelicalism with clowns and dancing bears wearing tutus. So perhaps, just for today, we’ll change the nomenclature to “excessive evangelicalism.” The excess can be in the size of the church building, the number of satellite churches, and the number of programs offered by the church to the leader’s preaching style, content of the messages, or personal lifestyle. Just because a church is large does not make it excessive, just as a small church is not necessarily free of excess. Yet I don’t think it will take you too long to spot the excessive evangelicals in your neighborhood or in the nation. Sure, I could kick around some names, but that is not what I want to focus on here.
I just don’t believe excesses like those we see today in evangelicalism can be sustained over the long haul. Thus my prediction that a collapse in churches, parachurch ministries and individuals who practice excessive evangelicalism is inevitable. And I think this is a very, very good thing, as well as a very dangerous thing.Dunn is right here, but what he should also point out is that the excesses of today's Evangelicalism are in response to yesterday's denominational protestant excess which came about in response to Roman Catholic excesses.... It could even be conceivably argued that Christianity is a response to Judaic excess.
Seems to me excess is a symptom, not the problem.
We seem to grab on to something and beat it like a dead horse. Bend it, shape it, use it, over use it, until it turns into something it was never supposed to be. In other words, virtually everything we touch corrupts. Sounds like sin to me.
The answer to excess is easy - confess, repent and don't do it again.
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