Twelve Critical Problems Facing Modern Evangelicalism
Internet pundit Michael Spencer put this up for conversation. I thought it might be interesting here too. Swap the word "Lutheranism" for "Evangelicalism" to make it a much more interesting conversation.
THE TWELVE CRITICAL PROBLEMS FACING CONTEMPORARY EVANGELICALISM
1. Vast evidence of a growing doctrinal deterioration on the essentials and implications of the Gospel.
2. The expansion and influence of the “Prosperity Gospel” throughout evangelicalism.
3. The loss of the concept of meaningful church membership and the rise of the “audience-only” model of church participation.
4. The loss of the theological “center” in mainline churches at the
precise time many evangelicals are open to reconsidering the mainline
vision of worship, especially in Anglicanism.
5. The triumph and glorification of unchecked pragmatic
entrepreneurialism, especially in worship, but in all areas of
6. The corrosive and compromised influence of Christian publishing
in shaping evangelicalism, as exemplified in the rise of Joel Osteen,
The Prayer of Jabez and the Prosperity Gospel.
6. Growing chaos in the theological and practical preparation of pastors, especially in the “emerging” church.
7. The failure of the “Seeker” model to use its vast resources and
influence to produce a Christian counter-culture or challenge the
“program centered/facilities centered” model of evangelicalism.
8. The lack of rising “Billy Graham” quality new leaders for the larger evangelical movement.
9. The failure of most evangelical denominations to broadly embrace and effectively mentor the current church planting movement.
10. The demise of quality Biblical preaching at the hands of technology and entertainment.
11. The apparently fatal infection of much of the emerging church movement with the failed theology of 20th century liberalism.
12. The cannibalism of evangelicalism on issues related to theological, cultural, social and political diversity.