Famine for the Word – Part 2

Volume 30, Issue 5, July 2024 by Gary E. Gilley, Pastor/Teacher Southern View Chapel Our last Think on These Things article, “Famine for the Word,” examined the concerning drift of the evangelical church toward biblical illiteracy, and placed much of the blame on pastors. There we took a historical perspective, as well as a look at modern and recent unhealthy trends particularly regarding theology. In this paper we continue down this lane with a critique of evangelicalism in general. If what the surveys and studies are indicating are true, and it’s not just Christians in general, but evangelicals as well (who historically would represent the most theologically conservative of Christians), then we must ask, “What has happened to evangelicals?” We begin with some definitions. Evangelicals The theological landscape among evangelicals has not improved over the last several decades. Before we press forward, we must first attempt to define an evangelical, since no one seems to know any longer who or what evangelicals are or what they believe. Nevertheless, theologians often fall back on historian David

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Volume 30, Issue 4, May 2024 by Gary E. Gilley, Pastor/Teacher Southern View Chapel From general observation to suffocating surveys, theological drift and biblical illiteracy have come to be recognized as the norm in much of the evangelical, even conservative church. As a result, there is clearly a famine in the land regarding understanding and applying biblical truth. The blame for this demise are many: the busyness of modern life, social media influence, the diminishing

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