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September 13, 2010

Culture and the Church

Question that's been on my mind since church yesterday....what is the difference between becoming culturally relevant and allowing culture to permeate the church?  Is there a difference at all, or is it simply semantics?  I'd love to hear some other people's thoughts.


Whitney said...

"We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ" - 2 Corinthians 10:5. I think each church probably has different grey areas for each unique situation, but I also think the Scripture, such as this verse, makes it clear that we are to hold fast to the word of truth found in Christ, and anything that distorts Scripture and touts it as acceptable should not be allowed to do so. I think that's a good starting place :)

Matt Coulter said...

You know my thoughts on this. Paul committed to knowing nothing but Christ and him crucified -- and to Paul, that included reading, knowing and quoting pagan philosophers and poets.

There are things that are "of the world" that we shouldn't let creep into the Church - but these things are not generally what evangelical Christendom thinks of first. Things like quarreling, jealousy, anger, bitterness... these are the worldly, cultural things we must guard against.