One of our younger extended family members visited over the holidays. He holds an administrative position at one of the major Christian colleges. As we talked, I began identifying some of the changes in my generation.
A day later, and upon further thought, I am taken back by the number of changes.
What has changed in the past number of years . . . .
- church names,
- an acceptance of a wide variety of prophetic views,
- pastoral dress,
- church music,
- fewer issues of personal separation,
- greater political involvement,
- the decreased number of church services,
- a move to more nationals as missionaries,
- more pastors coming into ministry later and from a non-biblical educational beginning,
- basic and shorter doctrinal statements,
- more mega-churches,
- a move away from “Sunday School” to small groups
- fewer individuals who can lead congregational singing,
- more “elder-lead” church polities,
- churches that are more Calvinistic & New Calvinism,
- a wider acceptance and use of different translations,
- shorter sermons,
- “church models” replacing denominations,
- “movies” used as and in illustrations,
- fewer all church choirs,
- non-church wedding locations,
- less use of organ and/or piano as the primary musical support,
- diminished attention to the Old Testament,
- more acceptance of the writings of past neo-orthodox / liberal “theologians,”
- less commitment to the creation account — a “young earth,”
- a greater “ecumenical.” attitude,
- the use of video and video clips,
- a greater acceptance of alcohol and dance,
- only one service on Sunday,
- carrying an actual Bible to church,
- a political blurring of lines with Christian truths & principles
- projected songs with no musical scores / no hymn books,
“Good-Bad-Or-Inbetween,” — these changes are part of today’s Christian landscape.
Some are surely good, but I would suggest that most have been to the church’s detriment. They have not strengthened a ministry or local church, but weakened its effectiveness, outreach, and/or growth.
The question still remains to be answered . . . .
“Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?”