Post Mortem

The Emergence of Postmodern Ethos in a Church

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 9/24/2019 11:57:06 AM IST

 (From previous issue)

The postmodern political apparatus, invites some things very much like religious adoration and encourages us to locate more and more of our aspiration in the possibilities of immanent political-social change. Science continues to disclose the structural secrets of the universe, and technology advances from one technical triumph to another, both without any apparent need of the so-called “god hypothesis”. The economy continues to churn out its revolutionary consequences, transforming the material conditions of our Lives, and evidently functioning all the more efficiently and effectively in the absence of substantive religious reflection. And all of these characteristically modern endeavors both presuppose and foster a uniquely anthropocentric self-understanding in which we are encouraged, not simply to discover our own meanings and purpose for ourselves, but  in effect, to create them ex-nihilo. And so, although the temptation to godlessness is not new, it has been rendered uniquely plausible, attractive, and even imperative under postmodern.
Postmodernism is simply the latest expression of worldly unbelief. Its core value a dubious ambivalence toward truth, is morally skepticism distilled to its pure essence. There is nothing virtuous or genuinely humble about it. It is proud rebellion against divine revelation. The Truth is necessary for salvation. In an day age the church across the world cared less about theology than they do more about methodology. Truth has taken a backseat to more pragmatic concerns when a person is trying hard to customize one’s message to meet the “felt needs” of one’s audience, earnestly, contending for the faith is out of the question.
That exactly why for many years now, church leaders have systematically embrated and fostered almost every worldly, shallow, and frivolous idea that comes into the church. A pathological devotion to superciality has practically become the chief hallmark of the movement churches are pregnant with pop culture, and they ape it fanatically. Contemporary church leaders are so busy trying to stay current with the latest fads that they rarely give much sober thought to weightier scriptural matter. They give lip service to Christ but have no true love for Him. They call Him “Lord Lord”, but they don’t do what He commands (Luke 6:46). As churches have tailored their Sunday services to suit the taste of “seekers” for example, there is less and less emphasis on edifying the saints and more and more stress on entertaining unbelievers Drama, music, comedy, and even forms of Story- telling and traditional and cultural display have often replaced preaching the word of God in the order of service. That strips Christ His headship over the church by removing His word from its rightful place and thereby silencing His rule in the life of His people. Any time a preacher squelches or softens a hard truth of scripture to make the message more palatable, that preacher has suppressed Christ’s true message and thereby usurped His rightful authority as Lord over the church.
If the truth cannot be fearlessly proclaimed in the church. What place is there for truth at all? How can we build a generation of discerning Christians if we are terror-struck at the thought that non-Christians might not like hearing the unvarnished truth? And since when has it been legitimistic for the church to woo the world? Didn’t the apostle John write, “Do not marvel, my brethren, if the world hates you “(1 John 3: 13)? And didn’t Jesus say, “the world hates me because I testify of it that its works are evil” (John 7:7)”.Not only must God’s people  personally believe the gospel of Jesus Christ, but they also must publically content for it. This is because the gospel is under continual attack by satan, the “father of lie”(John 8:44),and a seemingly endless army of false teachers, false prophets, false shepherds, and false apostles, whom he sends to wage war against the Church of Christ. In an age of postmodern we cannot overstate the importance a theological grid through which every message is filtered. Without sound doctrine, we will not be able to protect our own heart from the many doctrinal errors of postmodern ethos that exist in our churches today.”  We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2Cor.10:5).
Jonathan Edwards serves as an excellent example of how good theology allows us to discern between what is right and what is wrong. Because he knew clear teaching of Scripture, because he revered the holiness of his Master, and because he feared the endorsement of false gospel, he took a stand for the truth. Yes, it cost him his ministry and probably a few friends. But in the end he was convinced that faithfulness to God was more important. The same is true for us today in this postmodern society as we allow God’s truth to dictate the issue we fight for and the hills we die on. SHALOM
(Concluded)
Vikiho  Kiba, Pastor, NCRC Sumi, Doyapur Road, (vikihokiba0@gmail.com)
 

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