TODAY’S ‘CHRISTIANITY’ – NOTHING MORE THAN FEELINGS-PART 2
By Paul Proctor
February 2, 2011
In an attempt to feel better, both physically and emotionally, today’s Christians are turning not only to eastern mysticism for feel-good results through yoga and mantra meditation, but also to people from other religions and beliefs for feel-good relationships in spite of the Bible’s warning against offering “vain repetitions” for prayer and being “unequally yoked” to unbelievers. But in doing so, the 21st century church is being led into a religion where it doesn’t matter as much what you believe as it does what you feel.
This is not Christianity – this is Feelianity.
The old 60’s slogan, “If it feels good, do it,” is now the measure of health and morality here in America and is spreading like a plague among professing Christians with little or no objection from church leaders who ought know better. “Christian Mysticism,” often referred to as “contemplative spirituality,” was introduced to protestants in and through the Emergent Church and is now going mainstream thanks to the “Willowback phenomenon” as Lifeway Research’s Ed Stetzer calls it – referring to the overwhelming number of churches that embraced and adopted the teachings and practices of ‘Becoming A Contagious Christian’ author and pastor, Bill Hybels from Willow Creek Community Church and ‘Purpose Driven Life’ author and pastor, Rick Warren, from Saddleback Community Church.
In a recent Tennessean article titled, ‘More churchgoers ditch their denominations,’ readers learn that churchgoers have by and large “ditched their denominations” for church networks, creating, in the view of this writer, a de facto denomination based, not on the absolute truth of God’s Word, but on an end-justifies-the-means “evangelism” where results and relationships are everything.