Many churches, riding the faddish waves of our times, have gone “to market,” but not all. Some churches are trying to “stay home,” that is, remain firmly grounded in the Scriptures. Still, the pressures mount, the temptations are repackaged, and the schemes of the world become more and more persuasive.
In This Little Church Stayed Home, Dr. Gilley explores the manifold temptations of conservative churches to sell out to modern trends and innovations, including the present temptation towards mystical theology. Churches toying with “new measures” will be challenged to remain true to the historic doctrines of the Christian faith and to remain faithful to God’s chosen means of converting sinners to himself: the good news of Jesus Christ.
Pastors, seminary students, church leaders, and Christians who want God’s Word to be paramount in their lives will find This Little Church Stayed Home a timely message to a Christian subculture fixated on marketing the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ.
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“To the premodernist, truth is found in revelation. To the modernist, truth can be found in reason and science. To the postmodernist truth is not found (indeed it is not capable of being found), it is created. Absolute truth is a fable. It is possible for me to create my own truth, and for cultures and subcultures to create their truth, but it is not possible to find universal truth that is applicable to all people. Such truth does not exist and should not be sought. Those who claim to possess absolute truth only do so in order to assert power over others.” (Pages 24–25)
“‘One great danger of postmodernity is false conversions and the consequently hollow praise offered to God for saved souls that, in fact, are not saved.” (Page 41)
“So the Enlightenment and modernity teach the ultimate source of authority in the pursuit of truth is human reason; the Bible claims that source is found in the revelation of Scripture—a huge difference that Professor Noll has ignored.” (Page 29)
“Discipline is reserved for those who have chosen to sin, are living an ungodly lifestyle, and are refusing to confess, truly repent and live lives that evidence repentance.” (Page 68)
“Postmodern Christians have reversed this order and now evaluate all truth claims and doctrine by experience.” (Page 43)