Thursday, October 30, 2008

Reformation Day: Do You See What I See?

(Originally posted on Reformation Day 2007 - only slightly edited for 2008)

While spending a few minutes browsing through the "bestsellers" category at a high ranked online Christian book site, I left feeling disgusted that such monumental garbage (yes, I said garbage, and that was being kind) is flying off the shelves (both online and offline) and marketed as "Christian". In many cases, it's more philosophical/psychological mumbo-jumbo, than anything else. In most cases it's so doctrinally devoid or skewed, that it doesn't ring true with Scripture at all (no, I haven't read all the books on the bestseller lists but you don't have to, to know what the authors believe, endorse and promote). As I read through the bestselling lists of authors, the overwhelming thought was "why do people buy this trash?" I think maybe a big part of the reason they buy it, is because they want "spiritual" but they don't necesarrily want "biblical". Sadly, the Christian retail business is more than happy to pander to "spiritual" demands at the cost of Biblical.

In reading through some of the Reformation Day posts & comments over the last few days at various blogs & websites, numerous thoughts occured to me as it pertains to the idea of the evangelical church being in need of a NEW reformation. In no particular order, here are my thought questions.

Feel free to answer any or all of them:

1. Does the evangelical church really need a new reformation?
2. If it happened, where/how would it start?
3. What would happen to the Christian book publishing/Christian music/Christian retail industry, as a result of a genuine reformation?
4. How would major Christian conferences/retreats be affected, if at all?
5. Who might be the leading men & woman to spearhead a new reformation?
6. How would it affect you personally, to see a wave of solid, outspoken men and women in the church, calling for a Sola Scriptura approach to Christianity?
7. Did the first reformation go far enough?
8. Does Evangelicism 2008 really look like Biblical Christianity?
9. How would a new reformation change local church ministries (Sunday school classes, youth groups, music ministry, Bible studies, etc.)?
10. Would Christian blogging have any kind of impact on such an idea? (if so, how would Christian blogging be a useful vehicle for promoting a new reformation?)

I'd really be interested in your thoughts on this topic.

(Since this is a repost from 2007, the comments from last year are still there - please feel free to add to those with your thoughts.)