What Has Happened to the Evangelical Christianity of Not Long Ago?

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T Howard's picture

How about Acts 17, when Paul addressed the philosophers on Mars Hill? Did he accommodate the culture in how he presented the gospel to the philosophers? He didn't speak to them about the Old Testament, as he would when he preached in the synagogues.

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T Howard wrote:

How about Acts 17, when Paul addressed the philosophers on Mars Hill? Did he accommodate the culture in how he presented the gospel to the philosophers? He didn't speak to them about the Old Testament, as he would when he preached in the synagogues.

No, what Paul did on Mars Hill does not have anything to do with cultural accommodation in Christian churches. Paul was evangelizing sinners in a pagan context; Acts 17 is not about what was done in a Christian church.

RajeshG's picture

Joel Shaffer wrote:

Is that it? In the whole Bible, is that the only passage that you can find that refers to "some sort of cultural accommodation"?

 In addition to what Bert mentioned, In Acts 16:1-3, Paul had Timothy circumcised to culturally accommodate the Jews. 

The Jewish practice of circumcision was something that was divinely ordained for God's people prior to the coming of Christ. Accommodating to something of that sort is very different from the kind of cultural accommodation that the author of this article speaks of has taken place in the Christian church.

T Howard's picture

So, it's okay to accommodate the culture to be more effective at ministering to that culture and sharing the gospel to that culture, but once you step inside the church building, you must remain in the 1950s (which is also accommodating to a certain culture, btw).

Got it.

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So, it's okay to accommodate the culture to be more effective at ministering to that culture and sharing the gospel to that culture, but once you step inside the church building, you must remain in the 1950s (which is also accommodating to a certain culture, btw).

To what are you referring? 

Jay's picture

So, it's okay to accommodate the culture to be more effective at ministering to that culture and sharing the gospel to that culture, but once you step inside the church building, you must remain in the 1950s (which is also accommodating to a certain culture, btw).

Got it.

Just remember, everyone, that there is no such thing as "cultural fundamentalism" or "cultural fundamentalists".  There are only "fundamentalists" and then (I guess) "convergents" or "liberals".

SMH

"Our task today is to tell people — who no longer know what sin is...no longer see themselves as sinners, and no longer have room for these categories — that Christ died for sins of which they do not think they’re guilty." - David Wells

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