Readers' Forum

Is It Time for Home Churches?

In response to your editorial “Who’s Sinking the Boat” (October issue), I think that we should welcome the splits in the “church,” because they go a long way in identifying true Christians and separating them from the politically correct and the Secular Humanists. The important question is not how the heretics affect the church, but why they should want to, and what will be the result of such counterfeiting.

We already know what it is about biblical Christianity that the heretics hate. We must discover what it is about the name of Christianity they so covet. Why the “form of godliness” and not “the power thereof?”

There are doubtless a number of superficial reasons for such covetousness, such as prestige, socializing, appearances, and money. But...the real reason lies in the fact that Satan’s most devastating attacks on the church must occur from within the church, and the humanists are his instruments. He cannot prevail against it, but he can wreak havoc within it.

There is a chilling parallel between the secularization occurring today and that which occurred in the Roman Empire at the time of Constantine. Even deeply conservative Protestants trying their best to be biblical still suffer from the legacy of Constantine’s secularization of Christianity. We have yet to correct all the damage done by the first secularization, yet are facing a new and more diverse onslaught.

Whereas in the first quarter of the fourth century AD it was by the dictate of one (Constantine) that the heretics flooded into the church, today it is the masses who willingly flood into the churches almost unopposed, bringing their secularism with them. We call this lack of opposition, among other things, being “seeker sensitive,” or “purpose driven.”

Whereas the first onslaught resulted in monarchical catholicism, the new onslaught will produce democratic catholicism, a religion characterized in your lead story, “When the Faithful Just Don’t Care.”

In both cases the character of the visible church is debased and spoiled by secular humanism and cannot be saved, but must be abandoned. In the case of Constantine’s secularization of the church, the abandonment (separation) took the form of a new wave of monasticism. Should we today be afraid of abandoning our denominations and local churches in favor of smaller, more pious bodies of believers who remain true to the word? Should we fear separation and church splitting? Many already home school; perhaps we should home church as well.

Sheldon Todd Wilson
Lawrence, Kansas

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