Saturday, February 19, 2011
What Is Good for the Market Isn’t Good for the Church.
I was cleaning off one of my book shelves today and came across a pamphlet by David F. Wells titled, “The Bleeding of the Evangelical Church.” The point of the pamphlet was that the whole market-driven, seeker-sensitive movement was wrong and leads people to a false Christianity. I had highlighted three quotations when I read this pamphlet back when I acquired it in 2001, and I am sharing these citations here, so as to give some food for thought.
“The Church is sanctioning the idea that when someone comes in its doors its okay to view that person as a consumer, somebody who is going to attempt to hitch up a product to their own felt needs.”
“Consumers in the market place are never asked to commit themselves to the product they are purchasing, as a sinner is to the Christ in whom belief is being invited.”
“For what succeeds in this world is not necessarily what is true or what is right.”