on advice to the Church

This writer put his finger on a problem I think is behind the nagging feeling I’ve been getting lately with each iteration of “advice to the church” couched as “what you need to know about why the young/men/women/singles/parents (etc.) are leaving.” [Note he wrote this in 2010, but the “advice” trope I’m critical of seems to have caught on in these winter 2014-15 months.]

The church is not an entity God’s people can choose whether or not to identify with. We’re it. Pretending it’s an option dependent upon our perception of its relevance, effectiveness, hipness, or whatever the criterion of the week is betrays a stunning hubris unworthy of people reconciled to God through faith in Jesus.

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