Recently a friend of mine attended a large church in a large city. I am very familiar with the church and the pastor. During his sermon the pastor made this statement: “I am not sure I want to be called a ‘Christian’ anymore because of the way our culture and society have come to define what Christianity is in America.”
I think he was referring to the many trends and ideas that are now fully accepted in Christian circles that he (and many others) do not accept as Christian or as true scriptural values. They are held as values in many churches and groups that are called Christian and are acceptable to our culture and most strikingly to much of our church culture. I understand completely his comment and I can easily say the same. If it is not something held as veracity, orthodox and tenaciously tied to accurate biblical interpretation it is not Christian… call it whatever you will. You can call a duck a goat but the quack and waddle will give it away.
“In every way it has now come to this, that what one now calls Christianity is precisely what Christ came to abolish.” Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)
“For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” Jesus