Reflection. The Evangelical Church in Postmodernism. By Fabian Massa.

Translated from Spanish to English with Google Translate.

Week 70 shares with us: "The Evangelical Church in Postmodernism".

Talking to my friend Sergio about the Church today, I recommended Article CULT, THEOLOGY AND POSTMODERNISM [i] the Theologian César A. Henriquez M., which I transcribe a section:

Modernity assessed and placed in a privileged position to reason as the sole criterion of truth, but postmodernism has chosen absolutise feelings [ii]. The famous phrase of the philosopher Descartes "I think, therefore I am", went to prehistory and has been replaced by "feel, therefore I am".

The postmodern world is full of "spiritualities" to order those who want to "feel good" inside. The solutions are not outside but inside everyone, just dive into our inner world and extract the peace and happiness that are there. As there is no future or utopia, do not go forward, but inwardly toward private and intimate. The world can not be changed, you can only change yourself. To produce these changes is essential to meet the sensory needs. Mikel de Viana says: "what the media broadcast is not" reality "but a hyperrealistic show aimed to arouse emotions as intense and fugases possible ..." [iii]. Large postmodern concentrations are not motivated by ideas or projects, but finding collective feelings that are then expressed in the key of religion and spirituality [iv]. "Do not think, just have to feel". "Do not think you just have to experiment." "Put your mind blank and let go." These are the slogans that are left to listen and to promote a spirituality that is disconnected from reality and that leads to distinct from humans atmosphere.

                This emphasis on experience is easy to find expressed in worship of evangelical churches, which have made the sensory center of their celebrations. God is present "to make me feel" right "to me vibrate with joy, to bring in my strongest emotions, to" fill "peace. Praise, which now occupies over 70% of the time the "cult" becomes a space of "spiritual psychotherapy" and the hegemony of the senses is present through songs whose abound in expressions such as "feel "," feel "," touch "," view "," fill ". [v] The pastors are not theologians of these churches, but the musicians, composers and singers of the new" restored praise. "

                The Bible is subordinated to the experience, which becomes law for the whole church and the purpose of worship is to provoke and stimulate the emotions of the worshipers so they can experience the presence of God and become better Christians. Spirituality is confused with "emotionalism" and escape from reality. Contemplation and action dominates the individual over the collective. All this is powered by sensory music today occurs in the middle and the ability of managers emotionally bomb seekers "instant nirvana". Gisela Yohannan, referring to this type of celebrations says:

"Often, the first impression, applause, testimonies, worship, altar call, exercising the gifts, etc., seemed so real like a true revival or real action of the Holy Spirit. But unfortunately after a few visits I realized that much of this was created and recreated as pushing a button [vi]. "

                The ancient legacy of reform expressed in the oral presentation of Bible has given way to moments of praise that represents the most important and the axis around which revolves the cult in postmodernity. Plutarco Bonilla alerts us to this reality warning us that:

   ... Are worrying some phenomena that are proliferating among the evangelical church, one is particular to these phenomena is extremely disturbing. We refer to the displacement of Scripture to secondary positions for the enthronement of the Christian experience: the feelings [vii].

                This liturgical inclination magnifies the mystical experience as celebrations oriented towards production and search of sensations and emotions that may well help you feel good at the time, but the benefits do not have any significance in life. Jorge A Lion, pastor and psychologist stresses that "the mystical experience is the spiritual experience of mentally healthy believers, (but) the mystic delirium, on the contrary is one of the clearest manifestations of mental illness [viii]".

                Worship in modernity was marked by reason, while postmodernism by emotions. The first taught us to worship with the brain, the second with feelings.

It helped a lot reading this article, because ye perceive many of these things but every time I decided I was talking about them, most times without a valid interlocutor. Now I understand that I may "dirty" meaning "reason things" at a time when 95% of the Church "the feel".

All this is powered by sensory music today occurs in the middle and the ability of managers emotionally bomb seekers "instant nirvana". In previous post I presented how to manipulate (usually unconsciously) the congregation with songs where the choruses are repeated as a litany for long minutes [1]. People confuse this state of mind alpha [2], which is entirely physical and linked to the soulish (feelings) with a status of "Spirituality".

Praise, which now occupies over 70% of the time the "cult" Music has moved to The Word, the result is obvious: In a congregation I visited recently, his pastor (the same for 20 years) no You can preach more than a few verses of worship, without touching more (important but basic) basic themes that his congregation can not digest "a more consistent food". Then this pastor should give them milk instead of pottage (Hebrews 5.12) and return on primary, fundamental, such as repentance from acts that lead to death, faith in God, 2 instruction about baptisms, the laying of topics hands, the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment (Hebrews 6.1-2 NIV). The issue is that this pastor has not realized that he has contributed to the current state of the congregation, after all has directed for 20 years ... The state of this church is similar to most, because they all have the same system of inductive and facile education, which applied to a population that reaches the road without an educational base, produces only achieve never understand the Bible for themselves, with 90% of them Pastor / Leader dependent.

The current trend is to show love without demanding: "Do not say the brothers to study, read the Bible, be trained, do not put them load. Rather let us all facilitated "But this is not love but overprotection [3].

The author of Hebrews already had this problem in the 60 century I. He wanted to be able to pass a herd of topics Hebrews 5 Hebrews 6, and is what most pastors longing in your heart today. How is it done? Changing strategy, planting anything other than you sow today; the seed that will produce the change is called Word of God and the planting system is systematic study of the Scriptures.

The Law of Sowing says that what is sown is harvested: If we continue with music and songs of Hillsong United and all the scene Christian + cults to Show (powerless) cults of miracles (no miracles), visits Prophets (who prophesy only good news on the economic-financial) cults basics (no more than 5 verses and two matches), begging the brethren that "While it read 2 verses per day [4]" We will get more than we already have.

It's time to change, as we continue giving spiritual bottle brothers who congregate for over 20 years, for many the Great Tribulation has begun: EI [5]. has already killed more than 1,000 Christians in the past eight months. Week 70 is about to begin, are we ready?

[1] evangelical.html
[2] As Beta brainwaves are associated with being in activity, the alpha state is experienced as feelings of wellbeing, in particular, be not pressurized.
[3] distorted.html
[4] years-to-read-bible-by.html
[5] E.I. = Islamic State
[5] Presented at the Theological consultation: "The church facing the challenges of postmodernism", convened by the Evangelical Seminary Associate from 4 to 7 April 2002.

[5] Team New Evangelization. Pastoral notes to postmodernism. SIC Magazine. Year LVIII / No. 579. Caracas, Venezuela. November 1995. Pág.404

[5] Mikel de Viana. The Body: Narciso sweet prison. SIC Magazine. Year LIX. No. 588. Caracas, Venezuela. September-October 1996, p. 342

[5] Escobar Samuel and Daniel Salinas. P. 221

[5] Op. Cit. P. 213

[5] Gisela Yohannan. Revival, imitation or reality. Pastoral Notes Magazine. Vol. Xiv. No. 3. p.32

Postmodernism, religion, theologian M. César A. Henriquez, New Era, false spirituality.


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