"The author challenges a sleepy Christian populace to awaken to the problems of casually observing and following the Bible."
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) October 12, 2011
Crossbooks, a publisher of Christian-themed books, announces the release of The Casual Christian, a retrospective on the history of the Christian Church from the first century through the great revivals of the eighteenth and late nineteenth centuries. The author, Craig Olson, examines contemporaneous culture and changing Christian doctrine and their effect upon Christian community and witness. He cites examples from the lives of famous Christians and church history to illustrate how the church has become increasingly focused upon the spiritual growth of the individual to the detriment of Christian community and the larger mission of the church.
Some of the trends he identifies are: unwillingness to sacrifice in the service of Jesus Christ, a prayer life devoted to the needs and aspirations of the individual rather than the advance of Christ's kingdom, lack of Christian charity, an easy intellectual assent to the faith without complete commitment to obedience, and a reluctance to openly share the Christian faith experience. The result has been a casual Christian commitment that does not extend beyond the four walls of the church into the surrounding community.
Resulting from this shallow commitment to Christ are a precipitous drop in church attendance, rejection of the church by the younger generation of believers, and the growth of other faiths such as Islam and Wicca. Although the mega-church is experiencing a five percent growth rate, it comes at the expense of a thirteen percent overall decline in church attendance. Its appeal is based on American style entertainment, performance, and marketing, and does not address the real underlying structural problems of the modern church.
The last few chapters of the Casual Christian offer a prescription for renewal based upon a return to the values of the early church. The first step in the process is revival. There hasn't been a nationwide revival in America in over 150 years, since the Great Revival of the Civil Way era. Key to revival is a rejection of postmodernism and all the values it promotes including political correctness, commitment to a pseudo-scientific view of origins, rejection of the supernatural, abandonment of founding principles, and reliance upon human wisdom rather than the work of the Holy Spirit. Hopefully, the result will be a return to mutual ministry, committed Christian community, accountability of the professional religious class, and a commitment to advance the Kingdom of Christ.
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