The Plague of the Modern Church (I)

Introduction:

The modern church has a plague, and it doesn’t even know it. Gaining popularity since the 1830’s, premillennial dispensationalism has been systematically inculcated into the modern church’s theology and eschatology since that time. The result for the church has been a subtle but monumental disaster.

This series (which I plan to add to weekly) will attempt to do two things: firstly, to show the utterly fraudulent nature of the theology of premillennial dispensationalism, which has captivated and deceived 95% of the modern church.

Secondly, I will attempt to show how this fraudulent theology has rendered the modern church impotent and ineffective, unable to confidently and competently deal with a raft of fundamental issues, critical for the church and society as a whole, which we are supposed to be influencing and impacting as believers.

I’ve written elsewhere this week that

The majority of the Church leaders I have observed over 38 years of being a believer are either asleep, or powerless to lead people to effect change, or worse: they couldn’t run a chook raffle. Some are more interested in their superannuation package than the leadership and care of God’s people. We are like the Titanic, half an hour before its fateful collision, and the captain knows… nothing.

Where are the visionaries in the Church today, who are looking beyond next Sunday? Maybe there are some, but I haven’t seen them. You would think that Christian leaders of today (with very few exceptions) have all been to an institution determined to produce wimps and inoffensive people. Could that be true?

We’re pathetic. Our leaders don’t have the theological and moral muscle to pull the skin off a rice-pudding. Watching the football together will be no substitute for providing the leadership the country needs from Christians, today. And I believe it’s related to our theology, and our eschatology.

Where are the Moses, the Elijahs, the John the Baptists? Where are the John Knox’s of today, fearlessly confronting evil rulers in the present age? Doesn’t God produce this kind of man of God anymore?[1]

We must face up to and deal with this issue, in the church.

Why? It’s killing us, by ruining our impact in the world, and making us the laughingstock of communities. This must change, and it can.



[1] “Before we Re-enter the Fray (II),” 6/11/2012

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