Dangerously different

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The truth is that the greatest enemy of the Western church is not the state or any ideology such as atheism, but the world and the spirit of the age.

Anything less than a full-blooded
expression of the Christian faith
has no chance of standing firm
against the assaults and seductions
of the advanced modern world.

So when the church becomes worldly, she betrays her Lord, and she also fails to live up to her calling to be dangerously different and thus to provide deliverance from the world by a power that is not of the world.

–Os Guinness
(emphasis added)

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A faith worth losing

Sometimes when I listen to people who say they have lost their faith, I am far less surprised than they expect. If their view of God is what they say, then it is only surprising that they did not reject it much earlier.

Other people have a concept of God
so fundamentally false that it would be better
for them to doubt than to remain devout.

The more devout they are, the uglier their faith will become since it is based on a lie. Doubt in such a case is not only highly understandable, it is even a mark of spiritual and intellectual sensitivity to error, for their picture is not of God but an idol.

― Os Guinness

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