Here we find words that hit the nail squarely on the head! We can stop wondering folks, about what it is that ails the church, making it to look and sound so much like the world. Cut the church off from its Head (Jesus Christ, crucified and risen!) and you have something that closely resembles a chicken with its head cut off. Lots of commotion, but no life (in/of the Spirit).
Just look and listen closely enough for where the Gospel is being usurped in the inner workings of the local church, and there you will find forms of idolatry that most of us would otherwise call orthodoxy. Idolatry has a history of being subtle particularly when it is making a direct assault on the Image of God in Christ. Remember the Garden. It all began there one lovely day when all else was good.
“I am increasingly convinced that so much in the state of the Christian church today is to be explained chiefly by the fact that for nearly a hundred years the church has been preaching morality and ethics, and not the Christian faith. It is this preaching of the ‘good life’, or being ‘a good little gentleman’, and of viewing religion as ‘morality touched by emotion’, as Matthew Arnold put it, that has been the curse. Such men have shed the doctrines; they dislike any idea of atonement, they dismiss the whole notion of the miraculous and the supernatural, and ridicule talk about re-birth. Christianity to them is that which teaches a man to live a good life (Life in the Spirit, 19).”
Quote originally found here: Jim Kang at Pastor’s Perspective