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The problem with conservative churches is not that they lack members. The problem is that many of those members are not converted. Millions of members of evangelical churches are absent from worship services each Sunday and are equally absent from Christian living during the rest of the week. Biblical illiteracy and unethical conduct by Christians seem to be on the rise. Many people who attend are indifferent to the truths of Christianity, and others are divisive, even mean-spirited.

The problem with conservative churches is not that they lack members. The problem is that many of those members are not converted. Millions of members of evangelical churches are absent from worship services each Sunday and are equally absent from Christian living during the rest of the week. Biblical illiteracy and unethical conduct by Christians seem to be on the rise. Many people who attend are indifferent to the truths of Christianity, and others are divisive, even mean-spirited.

Reference:   Who Will Be Saved? Edited by: House, Paul and Thornbury, Gregory, Crossway, 2000, p. 164.


Author: Paul House
Topics: Evangelicalism
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The early church was most useful when it preached the meaning of Christ through the lens of the whole of Scripture. It was most powerful when it maintained integrity with God and other human beings. It was most evangelistic when it understood that adherents of other religions, whether Jewish or Greek or Roman, faced eternal judgment without Christ.

The early church was most useful when it preached the meaning of Christ through the lens of the whole of Scripture. It was most powerful when it maintained integrity with God and other human beings. It was most evangelistic when it understood that adherents of other religions, whether Jewish or Greek or Roman, faced eternal judgment without Christ.

Reference:   Who Will Be Saved? Edited by: House, Paul and Thornbury, Gregory.  Crossway, 2000, p. 229.


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The problem with conservative churches is not that they lack members. The problem is that many of those members are not converted. Millions of members of evangelical churches are absent from worship services each Sunday and are equally absent from Christian living during the rest of the week. Biblical illiteracy and unethical conduct by Christians seem to be on the rise. Many people who attend are indifferent to the truths of Christianity, and others are divisive, even mean-spirited.

The problem with conservative churches is not that they lack members. The problem is that many of those members are not converted. Millions of members of evangelical churches are absent from worship services each Sunday and are equally absent from Christian living during the rest of the week. Biblical illiteracy and unethical conduct by Christians seem to be on the rise. Many people who attend are indifferent to the truths of Christianity, and others are divisive, even mean-spirited.

Reference:   Who Will Be Saved? Edited by: House, Paul and Thornbury, Gregory.  Crossway, 2000, p. 164.


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Conservative churches will stop growing if they do not awaken. Mouthing traditional platitudes will not suffice. A return to the theology of the Bible we rightly call infallible and inerrant is needed. Biblical definitions of evangelism, conversion, baptism, and discipleship must be recovered. Worship of numbers must cease. Courage to be God’s remnant must emerge.

Conservative churches will stop growing if they do not awaken. Mouthing traditional platitudes will not suffice. A return to the theology of the Bible we rightly call infallible and inerrant is needed. Biblical definitions of evangelism, conversion, baptism, and discipleship must be recovered. Worship of numbers must cease. Courage to be God's remnant must emerge.

Reference:   Paul R. House & Gregory A. Thornbury, Who Will Be Saved? 2000, Crossway Books, p. 166.


Author: Paul House
Topics: Bible-Priority
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Clearly many Christians have not embraced the fact that Christians must be committed to Christ and His teachings. They may have mentally assented to certain gospel facts…joined a church…repeated a prayer…walked forward at an evangelistic meeting. But by any biblical measurement they were never converted. There was no transforming conviction of sin, no repentance, no commitment to Christ’s lordship, no love for those who love Christ.

Clearly many Christians have not embraced the fact that Christians must be committed to Christ and His teachings. They may have mentally assented to certain gospel facts...joined a church...repeated a prayer...walked forward at an evangelistic meeting. But by any biblical measurement they were never converted. There was no transforming conviction of sin, no repentance, no commitment to Christ's lordship, no love for those who love Christ.