A popular meme on Facebook displays a split screen with a picture above and below. The top picture shows brave young men during World War 2 facing impossible odds yet courageously storming a beach in order to protect the world. The lower picture shows several college students who have decorated themselves with purple hair, outlandish outfits, and other counter-cultural symbols of self-expression. A caption reads, "1944: 18 year olds storm the beach of Normandy into almost certain death. 2016: 18 year olds need a safe place because words hurt."
Another meme shows a great mass of professional protestors blocking a city street. The caption reads, "This is what happens when you give children a trophy for losing."
Q: Is it possible that we, the church, are directly responsible for empowering these selfish attitudes of entitlement?
One more meme: The picture simply shows a sign in front of the St. Arnold Community Church. It displays the following schedule of worship services:
Classic Service 8 AM
Contemporary 9 AM
Mid Century Modern 10 AM
Post Modern 11 AM
Boomer Service Noon
Millenials 1 PM
Blended Service 2 PM
Happy Hour Service 4 PM
When grace is taught as an entitlement package (Reformed Theology - Calvinism redesigned) rather than an investment exchange (God and us, John 3:16), the younger generation grows up treasuring their desires and opinions over all other authority standards - including the Word of God.
Far too often, this is the sad condition of Christendom in America today. "Worship services" are filled with self-gratifying entertainment, "sermons" are filled with ear-tickling feel-good stories, "fellowship" is filled with all the freedoms of a "lost in the crowd" anonymity, and the salvation doctrine of transformation through death, burial, and resurrection (Romans 6:3-4) is reduced to "the sinner's prayer." We have tolerated the entitlement values of a failed culture and even brought them into the church. Someone needs to call out the false teachers!
A friend once challenged me to explain why I am so relentless in my attacks on Calvinism. Below is my response:
Unfortunately, the cancerous doctrine I have just described has found its way into every major group within Christendom today. Remember, Reformed Theology (Calvinism repackaged) is not a denomination, it is a dynamic. It is a value system, a religious world view. As such, it threatens all of us, especially the young. Grace without the responsibility to choose it or maintain it makes the perfect complement to the entitlement values at work in the world. It is the perfect promotional ad to draw in a younger generation that has been conditioned to expect something for nothing.
May we never forget, Satan is perfectly happy to allow and even promote all religions that teach a convenient conversion that leads to a self-satisfying system of human opinion. As long as Divine doctrine is always filtered through human doctrine, God's will will always be second. We can build the biggest buildings and erect the highest steeples, we can draw the biggest crowds and claim the greatest humanitarian efforts, but if God is not first, Satan wins.
That is why we must cleanse the church!
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