The church is in a fast cycle of change, most of which is not for the good, because it is driven by culture and by desire to draw outsiders in through a process other than evangelism. The biblical underpinnings are being weakened. We no longer speak as the Bible speaks, nor do we maintain silence where the Bible is silent. Perhaps we have neglected true evangelism and have failed at real discipleship, with the result that our attempts at growth are clumsy and misguided and our efforts toward building community sound more like a social club than the intimate fellowship of God’s family. We may retain a name and go through a few familiar motions, but it will be a hollow echo of what the people of God should be and a mere shell of a vibrant faith that once was certain that God’s plan cannot be improved upon.
J. Randal Matheny