The Challenge for the Church in the Modern/Postmodern World

The Church’s problem today is simply that it does not believe that, without tinkering, the Gospel will be all that interesting to modern people. This is not even an accurate assessment. Furthermore, it has nothing to do with the intrinsic nature of the Gospel and much to do with the flaws of those who are hesitant, or embarrassed, to proclaim it undiluted. Why should the postmodern world believe the Gospel when the Church appears so unsure of its truth that it dresses up that Gospel in the garments of modernity to heighten its interest? It is a self-defeating strategy. What the Church needs is not ore of these strategies but more faith, more confidence that God’s Word is sufficient for this time, more confidence in the power of the Holy Spirit to apply it, and more integrity in proclaiming it.

– David Wells, Losing Our Virtue: Why the Church Must Recover Its Moral Vision, pp. 207-208.

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