The Tragedy of Modern Faith

The tragedy of modern faith is that we no longer are capable of being terrified.  We aren’t afraid of god, we aren’t afraid of Jesus, we aren’t afraid of the Holy Spirit.  As a result, we have ended up with a need-centered gospel that attracts thousands . . . but transforms no one.

Unfortunately, those of us who have been entrusted with the terrifying, frightening Good News have become obsessed with making Christianity safe.  We have defanged the tiger of Truth.  We have tamed the Lion and now Christianity is so sensible, so accepted, so palatable.

Our world is tired of people whose God is tame.  It is longing to see people whose God is big and holy and frightening and gentle and tender . . . and ours; a God whose love frightens us into His strong and powerful arms where He longs to whisper those terrifying words, ‘I love you.’

– Mike Yaconelli, quoted in Will Metzger’s Tell the Truth, 49.

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One Response

  1. Great quote! I have another one

    “No sincere Christian intends to decieve sinners. In love for souls, true evangelicals invariably present some profound truths in their witnessing. Yet by the unconcious omission of essential ingredients of the gospel, many fail to communicate even that portion of God’s Word which they mean to convey. When a half truth is presented as the whole truth, it becomes an untruth.”

    This quote is by Walter J Chantry in “Today’s Gospel, authentic or synthetic.” He goes on to say that one of the starting points of giving the gospel is explaining the Holiness of God in a way that your audience will understand, rather than quickly gloss over God’s holiness and risk that the searching soul will forget about it or brush it aside.

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