“…earnestly contend for the faith that was once delivered to the saints.” Jude 1:3b
Fake Christianity has always existed alongside of real Christianity. Fake Christianity always compromises with the world when placed under pressure and crumbles into irrelevance, while real Christianity continues to steam forward just as it always has done, regardless of the cultural and political environment it finds itself in.
Real Christianity never changes from generation to generation, because it is defined by fixed and eternal and unchangeable truths, and by a Christ who is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
It does not fluctuate and re-define itself to obtain popularity and acceptance. Its morality and theology do not change to meet the approval of the masses. Its message is fixed and constant.
Part of “evangelical” Christianity’s problem is that they have focused on size over substance, influence over faithfulness, and popularity over truth.
This is because they are unhinged from any commitment to a historic confession of faith, and therefore can free float their message and theology to adapt to the public consensus of the moment. This has been disastrous.
Those Reformed churches who adhere to a historic confession of faith like the London Baptist Confession of 1689, or the Westminster Confession of Faith of 1646, or some other historic reformed creed, have known that they cannot and must not go down that road, because they have a fixed body of truth and theology that they adhere to throughout the generations – one that is not influenced by the world and the political system in which they currently live.
It is a theology that has been tested and proven to be biblical in the crucible of examination by the collective church across the centuries. It isn’t the “insights” made up on the spur of the moment by an eloquent and imaginative megachurch pastor while he is pacing the platform clutching his microphone.
A fluid message, or a fixed message – that is the difference between the “evangelicals” and the reformed. One has little to no doctrinal definition, while the other has a robust and full understanding and expression of biblical truth, and does not conform to the world, but calls the world to conform to the truth.
That is why “evangelical” Christianity is collapsing into theological irrelevance – and why reformed and confessional Christianity never will.
Pastor Max Doner
Sovereign Grace Bible Church