Do you ever feel the pressure the make sure your church is “worldly” so people will be attracted to it? If not I wonder what planet you live on. The pressure is on to make the church into an ecclesiastical version of the David Letterman Show or worse. This is epidemic in our time but it is not something new. Spurgeon felt the pressure to make the church “worldly” to make it effective in his day. Phil Johnson blogged an interesting quote on the subject recently.
John MacArthur has written powerfully on the subject. In Ashamed of the Gospel he compared the Seeker Movement with the Downgrade Controversy of Spurgeon’s day. More recently he has evaluated the Emergent Church in The Truth Wars.
How do we reach the world and love the world without being conformed to the world? John Piper addresses this in a message on Romans 12:1-2