Is the Church Impacting World Culture, or Is Worldly Culture Invading the Church?

John 17:14-  I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of theworld, even as I am not of the world.

1 John 2:15-17
– 15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
2 Corinthians 6:17 – Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
churchOver the past 15 years, the body of Christ has made great advances regarding the call of believers to influence every mountain of culture for Christ for societal reformation (cultural mountains such as religion, family, education, politics, media, arts/entertainment, economics and more). For too long, the local church has functioned as a straightjacket, limiting the expression of Christ to merely spiritual things and the life to come. The results have been catastrophic, as the church abandoned culture, which has led to propitious moral decay in every cultural mountain. In response to this unfortunate dualism between the spiritual and natural order, many (including me) have called for a theological paradigm shift that calls the church back into the kind of engagement that validates, equips and commissions believers into their marketplace vocations in accordance with the cultural mandate of Genesis 1:28. Consequently, there have been some extremes in various directions, as we are all grappling with how to bring the lordship of Christ over all creation. In general, many evangelicals preaching the kingdom are in virtual agreement in regard to their goals but have differences regarding the definition of terms, understanding the nature and role of the church, and methodological approaches. The following are just some of the issues many of us are grappling with: More


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