The World and the Church Cannot Co-exist! Our Concept of “Holy” and “Unholy” has Shifted
The World and the Church Cannot Co-exist! Our Conceptof “Holy” and “Unholy” has ShiftedGrowing Numbers of Christians are Less Interested in Spiritual Principles and more Desirous ofLearning Pragmatic Solutions for Life.PressReleaseLeader - March 9, 2013 - When asked what matters most, teenagers prioritizeeducation, career development, friendships, and travel. Faith is significant to them, but it takes aback seat to life accomplishments and is not necessarily perceived to affect their ability toachieve their dreams.Among adults the areas of growing importance are lifestyle comfort, success, and personalachievements. Those dimensions have risen at the expense of investment in both faith andfamily. The turbo-charged pace of society leaves people with little time for reflection.Spiritual practices like contemplation, solitude, silence, and simplicity are rare. Practical to afault, Americans consider survival in the present to be much more significant than eternalsecurity and spiritual possibilities. Because we continue to separate our spirituality from otherdimensions of life through compartmentalization, a relatively superficial approach to faith hasbecome a central means of optimizing our life experience.As if “spiritual principles” are not practically applicable! Please. This attitude shows that toomany Christians are not being taught the truth of the Word, which is all about how to live, that is,how to be and what to do in any situation. People cannot be living truth unless they first heartruth.The postmodern insistence on tolerance is winning over the Christian Church. Our biblicalilliteracy and lack of spiritual confidence has caused Americans to avoid making discerningchoices for fear of being labeled “judgmental.” The result is a Church that has become tolerantof a vast array of morally and spiritually dubious behaviors and philosophies.
This increased leniency is made possible by the very limited accountability that occurs within theBody of Christ. There are fewer and fewer issues that Christians believe churches should bedogmatic about. The idea of love has been redefined to mean the absence of conflict andconfrontation, as if there are no moral absolutes that are worth fighting for.That may not be surprising in a Church in which a minority believes there are moral absolutesdictated by the Scriptures. The challenge for every Christian is to know his/her faith wellenough to understand which fights are worth fighting, and which stands are non-negotiable.How can we present life-changing truth to people if we tiptoe around the basic truths ofScripture? Of course we want to present them as palatably as we can, but at some point whetheror not a person chooses to ingest and digest the truth is about his own level of hunger. Forcenturies precious Christians have been subjected to indigestible junk food, as in, “Gag me witha fable.”Look, we are running out of time. Let’s make “Hey!” (as in, “Hey you, come to Christ!”) whilethe Son shines. The Devil is not shy about loudly and relentlessly proclaiming his lies and weshould be no less bold in declaring what we know to be God’s truth. People’s lives depend onit. We dare not mistake “tolerance” for spiritual blindness, an inordinate desire to have man’sfavor, or cowardice.The influence of Christianity on culture and individual lives is largely invisible. Christianityhas arguably added more value to American culture than any other religion, philosophy, ideologyor community. Yet, contemporary Americans are hard pressed to identify any specific valueadded.In a period of history where image is reality, and life-changing decisions are made on the basis ofsuch images, the Christian Church is in desperate need of a more positive and accessibleimage. The primary obstacle is not the substance of the principles on which Christianity isbased. The most influential aspect of Christianity in America is how believers do -or do not-implement their faith in public and private.
It is people’s observations of the integration of a believer’s faith into how he/she responds tolife’s opportunities and challenges that most substantially shape people’s impressions of andinterest in Christianity.In a society in which there are no absolutes, every individual is a free agent, we are taught to beself-reliant and independent, and Christianity is no longer the automatic, default faith of youngadults, new ways of relating to Americans and exposing the heart and soul of the Christian faithare required.Culture is shaped by people, and people are influenced by other people, either for good or forbad. The primary obstacle is “not the substance of the principles on which Christianity isbased.” The problem is that those truths are not being taught.It is not that we need “new ways of exposing the heart and soul of the Christian faith.” What weneed to do is teach the heart and soul of Christianity, and that is Jesus Christ, the Living Truth,Who is not a “God-man” or an “all God and all man” being with Whom we cannot possiblyidentify, but a Human Being Who perfectly trusted the same Heavenly Father He encourages youand me to trust.Only the Lord Jesus can really touch your heart to the degree that your love for Him makes you a“bond slave” to Him, and anoint you with the power, authority and conviction to tell others thismagnanimous truth.
Getting Back to Basics“The True Church can never fail. For it is based upon a rock” ― T.S. Eliot“Prayer is a strong wall and fortress of the church; it is a goodly Christian weapon” ― MartinLuther“Church attendance is as vital to a disciple as a transfusion of rich, healthy blood to a sick man”― Dwight L. Moody Click Here for a short Preview of “The Building of A Church” https://www.createspace.com/Preview/1120964The book is available worldwide in paperback, e-book and Kindle book at Amazon.com, KindleStore, Createspace (an Amazon company) and in hard cover at Lulu Enterprises Inc.James Langston is available for interviews, media appearances, book signings, and speakingengagements.About the Author:Langston, a former U.S. Naval military officer, faithfully served his country for 27 years beforeretiring in 2003. He is founder and senior pastor of the Pilgrim Outreach Ministries.
Langston is ordained and licensed through World Evangelism Fellowship of Baton Rouge,Louisiana. He is a 1976 graduate of El Campo high school in El Campo, Texas.James and his wife Cecilia have been married for more than 34 years and have six children andtwelve grandchildren.They live overseas in Italy.Contact Information:James Langston, Senior Pastor,Pilgrim Outreach Ministries Naples, Italywww.email@example.com “The Building of A Church” www.amazon.comContact InfoJames LangstonSenior PastorPilgrim Outreach MinistriesPSC 808 Box 220-R FPO AE firstname.lastname@example.org://www.pomitaly.homestead.com