But as for the Church doing the works of Jesus that are mentioned in Isaiah 61:1,2,3,4 not so much... Instead the modern church has taken great strides to take the supernatural elements of Christianity away.
Some teach cessationism...
Some say no need for spiritual warfare...
Some say that all we have is the salvation formula to save people and that is it.
And this article says a mouthful on this subject...
The crux of the problem as I see it is that reductionsim and pragmatism has taken the supernatural element out the the church in exchange for winning a debate by reducing it to how many scholars one can quote on a bible topic. Or reduce to the gospel to talking points and formulas. Then add in pragmatism - what works and is taught in the world will work in the Church so go for it.The message preached from most pulpits in America is just like this: superficial, childish, empty, and seemingly designed to insult the intelligence of anyone who hears it. Christianity is dull and lifeless in this country because that’s what the church and its leaders have done to it. They’ve made it into something so bland, generic and inoffensive that it no longer bears any resemblance to the faith of our Christian ancestors. Even the church buildings themselves reflect this trend. Most of them look like shopping malls or government buildings. Sleek, gray, ugly, secular. But inoffensive. Inoffensive in the same way that the DMV is inoffensive.
Indeed, the primary goal of the modern church is to avoid offense, at whatever cost. And this is precisely why they’re dying.
Qouted from this article by Mat Walsh Dear churches, you’re killing yourselves and this is how
Augustine reduced the Apostle Paul's writing to the way he interpreted them. Then proceeding scholars like Calvin onward to present day quote each other on and on. Somehow, Jesus is left out, who Paul wrote about, and what Jesus meant for the church to exercise is left out as well.
As I research this, I find that Augustine used allegory to explain things then reduced these to actually take away the supernatural nature of the Christian Church in its spreading the gospel. Then others quoted him and on and on to where we are at today.
So we have what we have today in the modern Church just as the article mentions... a reduced Christianity...
Comments - thoughts?