~ by A.M. Kisly
The following article was published by Christianity Today. To my surprise, the article articulated what most of us have been thinking and trying to convey to the Church.Though the author brings an honest look at modern Christianity, I have just discovered that his view is not without partiality...Mr. McCracken according to Lighthouse Trails Ministry is managing editor of Biola University’s magazine and regular writer for the emergent Relevant magazine, considers himself a “hipster,” the answer he gives in the introduction of his book is “yes.” He is not writing impartially as some may think or assume. With that said, the article does, in my opinion, bring to light just how today's "Hipster" churches developed to what they are today.
Just a few words from me, the root of the problem is always the same....questioning God's authority in the life of the believer...Remember the serpent in the garden..."hath ...God said", it is the same deception today.
Professing ourselves wise, we become fools....not FOR CHRIST but as Enemies of God.
Like Lucifer, we think we have a better way, that God's ways are out of date and out of touch with today's society, so we create a New way, the "hipster" way. Compromise is now the way that leads to life and Christianity is in a free fall called the snowball effect, consuming every aspect of the Christina life in its way. It swallows up doctrine and worship, and the set-apart life. But that's not enough, for now we have to promote our new way. We promote NEW AUTHORS, with new ideas and sell new books, new music and even Create NEW MODERN VERSIONS of the BIBLE, deleting those offensive doctrines which are not appealing to our flesh.
Disobedience to God is not a new thing....it started in the Garden of Eden and has plagued the world ever since. When the Word of God is no longer considered to be absolute authority and VITAL in the life of the believer....then it is easily replaced by the compromised heart.
Jesus is the Way, the only way...the Truth...the only truth....and the Life....that's it! He does not change....He is the same yesterday, today and forever!
The following article is long...but very worth the read. I hope you will set a few minutes aside to read and consider what the author is trying to convey.
Christianity Today - "HIPSTER FAITH" by Brett McCracken