Christianity is religion-less. It is not synonymous with church; it is so much more than an institution or any one grouping of people organized around particular doctrines or style of worship.
Christianity is religion-less.
Christianity is a spiritual practice rooted in ancient sacred texts while church is the institutional embodiment of religion that identifies itself with historical events, people, ideas, and customs. Unfortunately, Christian institutional religion has long obscured the religion-less nature of Jesus’ wisdom found in the gospels.
A new reformation is radically changing Christianity, decentralizing old religious empires and crumbling the power and credibility of those arrogant enough to assert a monopoly on Christian wisdom, or foolish enough to tout a singular truth for wildly interpretive sacred texts.
The fire of Evangelicalism and Pentecostalism that engulfed Christianity for the past generation is receding in the face of economic secularism that absorbs and mutates everything within its path. In Europe only three percent of the population is in church on a given Sunday and in the Northeast and Northwest of the United States it is now less than ten percent. While in Central and South America there has been an Evangelical and Pentecostal tide sweeping millions away from their historic cultural mooring to Roman Catholicism, economic secularism is eroding all three. “Spiritual not Religious” is the norm among Millennials and they are leading us into a less-churched future.
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