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1 What Is Wrong With The Church? The Dilemma of Laodicea Revelation 3:14-22

2 Laodicea LAO = Peoples (laity) DICHAOMAI = Opinion, Judgments The Church of People’s Opinions

3 World Views When World Views Change Science Technology Economy Social, Cultural, & Political – World View Changes

4 World Views Paradim Shift Reformation (End of Feudalism) Revivalists (End of Agriculturalism)

5 New World View, Gospel Must Be Re-Communicated Recontextualize/Redefine Wycliffe Translations Inclusive Translations

6 Judaic to Greco Roman – 1 st Century / Apostle Paul (Recontextualized) Judeo-Christian to Platonic – 4 th Century / Augustine (Redefined) Aristotelian Scholasticism – Renaissance / Thomas Aquinas (Redefined) Christianized Humanism – 16 th Century / Erasmus, Reformers (Recontextualized)

7 Industrialism – 18 th Century / John Wesley, George Whitefield (Recontextualized) Modernism/Rationalism & Secular Humanism – 19 th Century / Bultmann, Wellhausen, Spong, Thiering, Jesus Seminar) (Redefined)

8 Post Modernism The Current Challenge

9 Consumerist – Faith Prosperity Psychologized – Christian PSYCHOLOGY (12 steps, etc., motivational speaking, positive thinking) Multi-Faith – Ecumenical & Inter-Faith

10 Experiential, Relativism – Charismania, Subjectivism, New-Gnostic Eisegesis Media Driven – Electronic Church (Entertainment as Worship) Politicized – Pulpit Politics (Left & Right) Intammatic – Deliverance

11 Programmatic – Alpha, 40 Days, Prayer of Jabez, etc. New Age – Fourth Dimension, Toronto Experience, Emergent Church (labyrinths, yoga, prophetic visualization, prayer exercises) Redefinition!

12 Caveat of Jesus – Matthew 15:3 ‘The Inventions of Men Are Not The Precepts of God’

13 “A Day Will Come When Instead of Shepherds Feeding The Sheep, Churches Will Have Clowns Entertaining The Goats” Charles Spurgeon


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