Skillet frontman John Cooper took a break from the Christian rock band’s Winter Jam to start a war against the deconstruction Christian movement that goes on in America.

Cooper goes on to question why a generation that claims to love being their most “authentic selves” is also the most medicated, anxious and suicidal in the U.S.A.’s history, blaming celebrities for leading young people astray.

Cooper sees how many youngsters claim to be into Jesus but not into the Bible. Village Church pastor Matt Chandler also offers a take on deconstruction that illustrates how far off the rails the conversation around this buzzy word has got.

“You and I are in an age where deconstruction and the turning away from and leaving the faith has become some sort of sexy thing to do,”

he says.

“I contend that if you ever experience the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ actually, that that’s really impossible to deconstruct from.”

Chandler is arguing for a Calvinist principle that teaches true Christians can never really “walk away” from the faith, because their salvation is dependent on God and not on them —  “once saved, always saved.” For many Christians

“That’s standard evangelical theology.”

But that is not at all according to biblical teaching. Not only is there Jesus warning for a danger when people would go out from such a teaching. Also, the apostles warn those who have become a Christian, should be very careful how they practice their faith and what they do.

The track of a Christian is also not always a straight road. The important thing to remember is that it’s a natural process that many people come to question their faith and for some time go looking around. At some point — between 43 and 44 percent of people undergo some sort of “faith transition” in their life, according to sociologists. And that transition is hard enough without handwringing and shaming those, accusing them of

“walking away from the faith.”

It is all too easy for outsiders to criticise others for their beliefs or to blacken one church or another. Each generation has to go through a time of questioning and has to face new crises, be they economic or political, but sometimes also religious crises. We also see that at moments it can look as if there is a serious crisis but it concerns more rethinking the things they’ve always believed and coming to a new different understanding of parts of it.

Tyler Huckabee writes

It’s a very common and ancient process. Martin Luther, for example, probably wouldn’t have used the word “deconstruction” for his own theological revolution, but it fits into the paradigm of what researchers would call deconstruction today. {Skillet’s John Cooper: It’s Time to ‘Declare War Against This Deconstruction Christian Movement’}

Those in the Reformed, Evangelical Christian camp are getting pretty freaked out about ‘Deconstruction’ these days.

For a few years already, we have seen several evangelicals being at war with the rest of ‘their nation’. They’ve already been at war with those who dare to doubt or question their version of Christianity for a very long time now and would love to do everything to get everyone in line with their thinking. By pressing their narrow sided view on Christianity, or better said, Christendom, they themselves brought borders and thresholds which made communication with others more difficult. In the last few years, we could see they themselves left no room for questions. That way, they themselves made it more difficult for people in their community to develop.

The Evangelical Christian Church has proven that there is no room for questioning, and no tolerance for doubt. Either you accept their Statement of Faith, or you’re out.

Such exclusion made it necessary for young people to find a way outside their faith community. Their many questions got them into a war with their mind before they got into a war with their parents and their preachers. For those who live in cities, it is easier than for those who live in remote areas. By feeling excluded, many believers have also separated themselves from their own faith community, but many have also felt excluded from the Christian faith. Instead of seeking out other Christian communities of faith, many Americans have lapsed into a parched desert.

And so, people have gone out, and continue to go out, because they’re discovering they are not welcome anymore.

The war Cooper calls for has already begun.

Those who believe we do not need the Bible have created mega-churches and preach on the internet, wanting people to believe we only need Christ as our god. They may say that Jesus also tells us that

“my sheep know my voice”

and that, he, as the Good Shepherd, is more than capable of speaking to us in his very own voice. So those who do not hear Jesus’ words are the ones we do not have to worry about, say those so-called Christians.

Those conservative Christians want people to believe they have received the Spirit of God and traditional Evangelical Christians who tend to deify the Scriptures downgrade Jesus to a minor character in the religion named after him.

We can not ignore that in the United Statesprogressive Christianity and conservative Christianity’ drifted so far that several people are wondering if they can be considered different faiths.

Those who see others as ‘the enemy’ should listen more to the voice of Christ asking for peace and love.

They should better notice a universe and a creation that is marked by diversity, variety, and complexity. They would perhaps love to see and live in a uniform world, but we do not live in a uniform world. We are surrounded by a breath-taking array of variously coloured flowers, insects, and foliage. No two snowflakes are alike. Even human beings are gloriously unique from one another. Our faces, eyes, skin colour, and fingerprints are what make us special, and beautiful.

That beauty lots of American evangelicals have to rediscover.

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  1. Hope For, But Not In, Evangelicalism
  2. Does one have to be afraid of Christian nationalism
  3. Points to rescue America

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