Friday, October 12, 2007


"A new book [David Kinnaman, "UnChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity.] based on research by the California-based research firm The Barna Group found that church attitudes about people in general and gays in particular are driving a negative image of the Christian faith among people ages 16-29...The vast majority of non-Christians — 91% — said Christianity had an anti-gay image, followed by 87% who said it was judgmental and 85% who said it was hypocritical.

"Such views were held by smaller percentages of the active churchgoers, but the faith still did not fare well: 80% agreed with the anti-gay label, 52% said Christianity is judgmental, and 47% declared it hypocritical.

"Kinnaman said one of the biggest surprises for researchers was the extent to which respondents — one in four non-Christians — said that modern-day Christianity was no longer like Jesus."

[For the full article, see here.]

When what purports to be "Christianity" is perceived as judgmental, hypocritical, and homophobic and diametrically opposed to Jesus' teachings, and then that perversion of what is called "Christianity" is then identified with the real thing, we have what's called a work of perversion!

Christianity is about following Jesus! It's about extolling as virtues, and doing our best to live up to the virtues, of "love" and "grace." As Christians, we are to be agents of God's grace in this world, and we are to live our lives in such a way that they wouldn't make any sense if God did not exist!

This book verifies the fact that the greatest danger to Christianity are those who call themselves, "Christians," and are, in fact, haters and hate-mongers who appeal to the virtue of Christianity to justify their evil that is largely manifested in their antiChristian messages of condemnation of others because of who they are! Hence, Christianity has become identified in the public's mind with antiChristian rhetoric and behaviors that will take a long time to overcome, if we can ever overcome that perversion at all!

That's another reason why it's crucial that Christians worthy of the name, those who are Christians in fact, speak out against those who contravene and make a mockery of Jesus' teachings; confront those who pervert the Gospel of grace into one of legalism, perfectionism, and exclusion!

And when professing Christians remain silent when clergy (or others), either through their rhetoric and/or their actions, oppress LGBT or any other groups of people, or attend the churches of pastors who engage in discriminatory rhetoric and/or actions, they are complicit in giving implied consent to that oppression; they are thereby helping to fuel the increasing perversion of Christianity!
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