That’s the title of an article in Christian Today:
A survey of nearly 2,000 British evangelicals found that more than half (54%) are concerned that “becoming Christlike will increasingly alienate Christians from the culture around them”.
No kidding. This is new? Hasn’t it always been this way? When did becoming Christlike NOT alienate Christians from the culture around them?
This is concerning? Why be concerned about something we were told 2000 years ago, when we see it happening? Are we concerned to find out that the Scriptures are true?
Does “concerned” mean they don’t want to become Christlike, because they love the world and don’t want to be alienated? The article implies no one pressed the question.
Teaching recommendations for “evangelical” churches (“evangelical” means just about anything these days, especially here in Britain):
- We are called to be strangers and pilgrims in this world (I Peter 2:11).
- We are not to love the world (I John 2:15-17), and it will not love us (John 15:19).
- Godly living in Christ Jesus brings persecution (II Timothy 3:12).
- Even if we are tried by fire, we will be found to praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ (I Peter 1:6-7).
- We love our Lord and thus rejoice to suffer for Him (I Peter 1:8).
Churches might also teach that if you want to take the name of Christ (“Christian”) but don’t want to be like Him, you live a lie and mock His name. You bring judgment on yourself, and you aren’t helping the church or the world, either.