Wednesday, November 25, 2009

10 Reasons Why Modernist Christianity Must Die

Fr. Dwight Longenecker has a fine post listing 1o reasons why modernist Christianity (both Roman Catholic and Protestant) must eventually die out. The process take a long time (mostly because of endowment money that artificially prolongs the life of dead liberal churches) but it is inevitable.

I especially found #1, 2, 5 and 9 to be true in my experience. Modernism or Liberalism is really individualist and anti-supernaturalist in nature and it lacks joy. The good news is that liberals are contracepting and aborting themselves out of existence; apparently only seriously religious people find good reasons to have children in large enough numbers to replace the population.

Modernist Christianity is a very boring, scolding, joyless moralism that wears you down after a while. Listening to sermon after sermon about how "You must do A" "You must do B" "Saving the world depends on you doing X" just drains people. There is no grace, no good news, no joy, no wonder at what God has done and is doing. The Gospel is all about what God has done for me that I could never have done for myself, which is liberating, inspiring and motivating.

Much of Evangelical Christianist has bought into modernism as well as the dying formerly mainline Protestant churches. We need to recover the Gospel, not imitate the liberals in acting as if doing social work and fighting for equal rights were all there was to Christianity.

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