The Bleeding of the Evangelical Church

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16

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Booklet

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Banner Pub Date

Mar 11, 2021

topic

Church Life

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Booklet

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9781800400146

Book Description

David F. Wells of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Massachusetts, here challenges evangelicalism with a disturbing analysis of its present condition. He believes that we have allowed ourselves to be shaped by the popular culture whose ethos is alien to God-consciousness, to ‘other-worldliness’, and to passion for biblical truth. In putting ‘success’ before theology we have produced a plague of nominal evangelicalism which, unless reversed, leaves us ‘headed towards the oblivion of irrelevance before God’.

This material was first delivered at a Convention of the National Association of Evangelicals who have kindly assisted in the publication. Much fuller treatment of the same themes will be found in the author’s influential books, No Place for Truth and God in the Wasteland. While referring especially to the North American scene, the wider relevance of Dr Wells’ message is indicated by the fact that these two titles have joint publishers on both sides of the Atlantic, W.B. Eerdmans and IVP.

‘What is most lost is what most needs to be recovered. It is the unsettling, disconcerting, moral presence of God in our midst. He can no longer be the junior partner in our religious enterprises and he can never be just an ornamental decoration upon our Church life. It is because God now rests so inconsequentially upon the Church that the Church is free to plot and to devise its success in its own way. That is why so many of our forebears in the faith would scarcely even recognize us as their children today.’

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  1. Chris Anderson

    It was 1994 when I first read “No Place for Truth” and it resonated within my heart and mind. Recently I re-perused my marginal annotations and David Wells is yet trenchant, and so it is that I look forward to reading his essay on the Evangelical Church. It is indeed bleeding. My suggestion is to couple this essay with Banner’s D. Martin Lloyd-Jones’ “What is an Evangelical?” from his 1971 address to the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students. It was prescient then and foresaw the plight in today’s evangelical church. A good couplet.

  2. Sherrie L.

    What we have done in America is allowed the Roman Catholic Jesuits to infiltrate our White House, seats of political power and our churches. There was once a time in America not so long ago that our greatest fear was not an invasion by any other country but by an invasion of our ultimate spiritual enemy on Earth; Roman Catholicism.

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    Book Description David F. Wells of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Massachusetts, here challenges evangelicalism with a disturbing analysis of its present condition. He believes that we have allowed ourselves to be shaped by the popular culture whose ethos is alien to God-consciousness, to ‘other-worldliness’, and to passion for biblical truth. In putting ‘success’ before theology we […]


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    Book Description David F. Wells of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Massachusetts, here challenges evangelicalism with a disturbing analysis of its present condition. He believes that we have allowed ourselves to be shaped by the popular culture whose ethos is alien to God-consciousness, to ‘other-worldliness’, and to passion for biblical truth. In putting ‘success’ before theology we […]