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The Perils of ‘Wannabe Cool’ Christianity

Being part of a "cool" church is, well, cool. For thirty something years I have watched the organized church grow in coolness till, like a gigantic pimple, it has grown to an ugly infected mass of putrid worldliness. Quite honestly, the organized church is beginning to stink with its attempt to cover-up any trace of the God of the Bible with its cheap perfume of lust and vanity, and its very obvious now. For anyone looking for cheap thrills, the carnival of carnality, known as the institutional church, has a show to please anyone who might venture into the red light district looking for a quicky. Our love for marketing brings us an unending flow of the latest innovations in how to sell "God" to a Pagan world. We can hardly wait to see this years line-up of programs to prevent us from becoming bored with just plain holiness. But, is this Christianity? No, this is not Christianity, it is the very thing Jesus warned us about, that would delude the world and church in the last days, and prove to be a mass blinding of all who refuse to obey the real God's written word and to separate itself from this rebellious, idolatrous, Babylonian harlot. I have not made these things up, they are in the Bible, if we choose to read and believe them.

This mess of the organized church is apparent to the world. It seems only the "wannabe cool" Christians are blinded. The organized church has become a mockery to those watching from the outside, but no one inside the walls of the house seems to notice or even care.

Well, anyway, the WSJ has noticed, and written the following article concerning the exodus of young people away from the circus act of organized religion. My own conclusion of the matter is that the small scale prostitution of the organized church is no competition for the talent of the big city. Why shop at the five-and-dime when you can have THE WHOLE WORLD. 

Steve Blackwell  

The Wall Street Journal

The Perils of 'Wannabe Cool' Christianity

 

 

By BRETT MCCRACKEN

(Please see Corrections & Amplifications item below.)

'How can we stop the oil gusher?" may have been the question of the summer for most Americans. Yet for many evangelical pastors and leaders, the leaking well is nothing compared to the threat posed by an ongoing gusher of a different sort: Young people pouring out of their churches, never to return.

As a 27-year-old evangelical myself, I understand the concern. My peers, many of whom grew up in the church, are losing interest in the Christian establishment.

Recent statistics have shown an increasing exodus of young people from churches, especially after they leave home and live on their own. In a 2007 study, Lifeway Research determined that 70% of young Protestant adults between 18-22 stop attending church regularly.

Statistics like these have created something of a mania in recent years, as baby-boomer evangelical leaders frantically assess what they have done wrong (why didn't megachurches work to attract youth in the long term?) and scramble to figure out a plan to keep young members engaged in the life of the church. (Read the rest of article here)

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