I’ve found another excellent excerpt from Nancy Pearcey’s book Total Truth here. I have found it so worth reflecting upon – do read it.

In earlier chapters, Nancy articulates what has gone wrong with much of modern evangelical Christianity:

Evangelicalism still produces a celebrity model of leadership – men who are entrepreneurial and pragmatic, who deliberately manipulate their listeners’ emotions, who subtly enhance their own image through self-serving personal anecdotes, whose leadership style within their own congregation or parachurch ministry tends to be imperious and domineering, who calculate success in terms of results, and who are willing to employ the latest secular techniques to boost numbers.

The local rootedness of the traditional clergy had provided at least some measure of genuine accoutability: their character was known and tested in ongoing, long-term contact with a regular congregation… By contrast, the evangelist could dazzle [audiences] with sheer image-making and marketing hype. Many evangelical leaders became “successful, polished politicians” says Hofstadter, “well-versed in the secular arts of manipulation”.

It tells me things I recognise in my soul: a fierce ambition for immediate results and return for my hard work; yet on the other hand, also a growing yearning for life less frenzied, more ordered, more anchored.

Gold, silver and precious stones. Wood, hay and stubble. Could you tell them apart?

Having begun in the Spirit, are we now being perfected by the flesh? Gal 3:3.

How easy is it to abandon the sweet walk in the Spirit.

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