QUOTE: “My wife and I just started the P90X workout program. (And yes, it is as intense as the infomercials indicate.) We’re up at 5 a.m. and are getting our behinds kicked for a full hour, six days a week. Persecution is the P90X of the church. It will help us lose the fat of carnality, build our heart rate as we love Jesus and others (especially our enemies) and rip our spiritual muscles out. Why do you think the early church was so spiritually chiseled? They were chased, beaten, crucified and flogged. … I believe there will be many churches who give into the coming cultural and political pressure to take their foot off of the evangelistic gas peddle and stamp hard on the doctrinal brakes. These churches will buy the lie that they are making more of a difference by being culturally relevant. They will hide behind the fact that they are doing acts of social justice and preaching an evangelism without words. But evangelism without words is the oxyest moron of all. These churches will preach a nice Jesus in the nicest part of the Gospels. They will stay away from the angry parts of the Old Testament and the ‘not so nice’ parts of the Gospels. … The divide between these two kinds of churches in a P90X future will be much wider and deeper than they are today. I am convinced pastors and church leaders will have to pick a side. Because in this kind of future there is no middle ground.” —youth ministry leader Greg Stier of Dare 2 Share Ministries, offering his take on the future church in the United States [christianpost.com, 1/29/09]
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