It is utterly unevangelical
and a denial of everything Christ taught to permit the carrying or even the presence of firearms in any Christian church (NCRonline.
134) The use was unevangelical
, and, in its present state of tobacco sin, the world could not be evangelized.
10) Tom Torrance made the same point: "The gospel is preached in an unevangelical
way, as happens so often in modern evangelism, when the preacher announces: This is what Jesus Christ has done for you, but you will not be saved unless you make your own personal decision for Christ as your Saviour .
From Robert Baird's early classic (Religion in America, 1856) to Syndey Ahlstrom's magisterial (and canonical) magnum opus (A Religious History of the American People, 1972), both the story and the writer reflected the overwhelming demographic and cultural dominance of Protestantism in American society; the subtitle of Baird's work ("An Account of the Origin, Relation to the State, and Present Conditions of the Evanglical Churches in the United States with Notices of the Unevangelical
Denominations") and the title of Ahlstrom's last section ("Toward Post-Puritan America") reflect the dominance of Protestant narrators telling a Protestant version of American religious history.
118) Indeed, the subtitle of Baird's work--an Account of the Origin, Progress, Relations to the State, and Present Condition of the Evangelical Churches in the United States with Notices of the Unevangelical
Denominations--celebrated the fact that evangelicalism and the "State" were progressively folding into one another.
31) While Wyclif was a champion of an Ecclesia Anglicana guided by the king and free from all papal interference, he was also well aware of how this idea could be abused in order to justify the most unevangelical
From the standpoint of history, this development was a most unevangelical
As a young pastor, I remember being sternly advised by a retired clergyperson that the Advent meditation on Mary's Magnificat that I'd just presented to my fellow clergy was dangerously unevangelical
, however much I quoted Luther on the matter.
In a corresponding way, there is an increased sense of the need for repentance: an awareness of certain exclusions, which seriously harm fraternal charity, of certain refusals to forgive, of a certain pride, of an unevangelical
insistence on condemning the "other side," of a disdain born of an unhealthy presumption.