Fast Food Christianity
By Alexander Samuels
In his book Hard to Believe (Thomas Nelson / W, 2003), John MacArthur, pastor, teacher and head of the ministry organization Grace to You, offers an unapologetic commentary on the modern church's compromise of the Gospel in order to fit in with today's culture. This "new" church offers easy believism, nonconfrontational sermons, prosperity and whatever makes you happy. In the book, MacArthur writes: . . .
. . . [the] consumer mind-set has invaded Christianity. The service is too long, you say? We'll shorten it (one pastor guarantees his sermons will never last more than seven minutes!). Too formal? Wear your sweatsuit. Too boring? Wait till you hear our band!
And if the message is too confrontational, or too judgmental, or too exclusive, scary, unbelievable, hard to understand, or too much of anything else for your taste, churches everywhere are eager to adjust that message to make you more comfortable.
This is what happens when Jesus is recreated in the image of Madison Avenue. Many people believe that the only way for the church to become relevant in modern society is for it to reflect the modern world. Converting people to Christianity has been replaced by seeing how many pews can be filled on Sunday morning. Numbers have become more important than the Gospel. Easy believism has taken the place of true conversion.
My thanks to John MacArthur for writing Hard to Believe. It is definitely on my "recommended to read list."