Sunday, July 24, 2011

Are We There Yet?

This is the second paragraph on the first page of the preface as Murray gives justification for the title of this book: The Old Evangelicalism:

"...because the material consistently shows that, on a number of fundamental truths, the evangelicalism of the last hundred years contrasts unfavourable (sic) with what went before. One of the older evangelicals who forecast the coming change was C. H. Spurgeon; another was William Booth. When Booth was asked by an American newspaper what he regarded as the chief dangers ahead for the twentieth century, he replied tersely: 'Religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God and heaven without hell." (This was in January 1901)(emphasis mine)

Murray's argument is: "Such a decline in the biblical message has indeed taken place and a weaker evangelicalism has been unable to stem the tide." (Page xi of his preface)

What do you think of the state of evangelicalism today? What is your opinion?


Ralph M. Petersen-Always Right; Sometimes Wrong! said...

We're there.

Anonymous said...

It appears that Evangelicals are compromisers and "man pleasers", not interested in the Word of God; we're preferring the praise of men and have a love of money.

Ralph M. Petersen-Always Right; Sometimes Wrong! said...

Another interesting post here:

Be sure to read the Comment stream.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

It amazes me Gregg where you get all your information, it certainly is wonderful to read every day.Today is no exception.

Have a peaceful Sunday.

Kansas Bob said...

Most evangelicals seem to be happy to allow:

+ the government to care for the poor in America,

+ the missionaries to care for the poor in other countries,

+ the clergy to do all of the ministry.

I am glad to be a part of a church that is trying to put God back in our culture.

Penned Pebbles said...

I thank man has gone so far as to create for himself his own god and calls it what he sees fit to call it, even 'holy' or 'jesus' or 'religion' or 'sincerity' or 'morality' or 'purity' or 'piety' or 'good works'...