The 20th century brought us a dispensational retreatist-faith, much like the 18th century Church facing the Enlightenment era. The Church in that era also retreated into pietism for a time and turned inward to a large degree. This is once again, the same tactic embraced by much of today’s Church under the influence of dispensational-premillennialism. This inwardness is the same sort of pietism practiced by the Pharisees of Jesus’ day. Their pietism was in prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. But, Jesus exposed this ‘limited’ holiness as man-centered and self-righteous; rather than serving the overall kingdom of God they were more concerned with appearing to be ‘spiritual.’ Just as almsgiving may be self-serving or for social-recognition, so too, a Church of ‘little faith’ becomes unhealthy and impotent in influencing its surrounding cultural environment. In like fashion, today’s pietistic ‘Phariseeism’ has refocused the New Testament ‘sign of tongues’ at Pentecost, into a self-aggrandizing ‘personal experience,’ instead of its original prophetic vision of taking the gospel of Jesus Christ to all nations and tongues. Today’s unhealthy ‘dispensational’ attitude does not encourage the Church to challenge its surrounding cultural environment because it believes it is in the ‘last days,’ so why bother with reforming politics, economics, justice, the legal system, law enforcement, schools, etc. Overall, its pessimistic outlook continually grants victory to an antichristian world order.
Responsibility-loathing Christians in the church and God-loathing Atheists outside the church, united in one accord and one belief: “Christians crawl and beg, Secularists laugh and rule.”
God has no intention of letting this slide, so Christians can expect to feel the chains tighten on their wrists, while Secularists will insist ever more forcefully on both public and private recognition on their particular delusions, as they lead the nations into sterility and bankruptcy.
The future does not belong to Secularists, of only because they build up debt instead of wealth, love fantasy instead of reality, and dump their future in the medical waste departments of hospitals and clinics across the West.
The ‘postmillennial hope’ promotes a far more robust view of the future of the gospel of Jesus Christ, which is, in the long run, a more complete gospel message that ultimately overcomes the world. It reflects a gospel that influences and builds up all areas of our lives and communities. Although Christianity may be stagnant today in much of the Western World, it is rapidly expanding in the southern hemispheres and many other parts of the world. May that motivate 21st century Christianity in the western world to recover and revive its ‘gospel hope’ and move forward again in reestablishing an everlasting gospel paradigm that reflects an all-encompassing robust faith.
My money says that it may well revive in America, after the clay feet of the Government-God is busted by bankruptcy.
You’ll have to wait a few generations more for the gospel hope to be reborn in the newly-Africanized cultures of Western Europe, led by Christian preachers named Mohammed and Okunola.
God gets to win: you can win with Him, or be crushed on His way to victory.
For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over His kingdom, to establish it and uphold it with justice and righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. — Is. 9: 6-7