More Thoughts on the Coming Collapse

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In addition to what Sean Lucas has written, there are several other points worth making about Michael Spencer's article Tuesday in the Christian Science Monitor:

1) Whether or not the "collapse" will take place within the next ten years (possible, although a long, slow decline is also possible), Spencer is surely right that the post-Christian West is turning in a more anti-Christian direction, where the Christian worldview is increasingly antagonized rather than tolerated.  It is not just that secular people think Christianity is wrong, or misguided, but that it is a force for evil -- such rhetoric is common in the media and in academia.

2) Spencer is surely correct that many evangelical Christians are ill-prepared for opposition, and that part of the difficulty is that faith is based on feelings (rather than careful thinking about the Bible and its theology--a point Spencer probably should have made more strongly).  What he did say was right on target: "Coming generations of Chrsitians are going to be monumentally ignorant and unprepared for culture-wide pressures." 

3) The pressures to accommodate to culture, already strong, will grow.  Spencer writes: "Look for ministries to take on a less and less distinctively Christian face in order to survive."  This is a danger as much for Reformation 21 and the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals as it is for anyone -- a danger we must resist if we are to be faithful. 

4) Spencer is far from optimistic about a second reformation of the church.  He may well be right, although one great advantage of serving the Lord in declining times is that it becomes even clearer what difference it makes to be a Christian.

5) Finally, I appreciated Spencer's appeal to for a "rescue mission" from the world Christian community.  One of the reasons why it is important for us to establish global partnerships is because of what we in the West need to receive, and not just because of what we have to give.  And one of the things we have to receive is the courage and conviction of faithful, orthodox believers in other parts of the world. 

Posted March 13, 2009 @ 8:50 AM by Phil Ryken

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