We Are the Pharisees of the New Millennium

In short, the spirituality of America is Christian in name only…We desire experience more than knowledge.  We prefer choices to absolutes.  We embrace preferences rather than truths.  We seek comfort rather than growth.  Faith must come on our terms or we reject it.  We have enthroned ourselves as the final arbiters of righteousness, the ultimate rulers of our own experience and destiny.  We are the Pharisees of the new millennium.

– George Barna

as quoted by Horton, Michael; Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; copyright 2008; p. 31

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Do You Believe Like Most Americans? I Hope Not…

Most Americans have at least an intellectual assent when it comes to God, Jesus Christ, and angels.  They believe that the Bible is a good book filled with important stories and lessons.  And they believe that religion is very important in their lives.  But this same group of people, including many professing Christians, also believe that people are inherently good, that our primary purpose is to enjoy life as much as possible.

– George Barna

as quoted by Horton, Michael; Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; copyright 2008; p. 31

Why Does God Exist?

To increasing millions of Americans, God – if we even believe in a supernatural deity – exists for the pleasure of humankind.  He resides in the heavenly realm solely for our utility and benefit.  Although we are too clever to voice it, we live by the notion that true power is accessed not by looking upward but turning inward.

– George Barna

as quoted by Horton, Michael; Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; copyright 2008; p. 30-31