Articles by Garry Williams

The World in the Church 4: Lawless World: Lawless Church?

Article by   November 2015
My first article began with the observation that Satan ambitiously aims to attack the church at the very points that are intended by God for its defence. He seeks to bring the world into the church through its elders, and at the heart of its public worship. Having considered the problems of distractedness, the desire to appear normal, and hostility to religion, in this final article I turn to reflect on how a worldly lawlessness may have infected the church. We live in a lawless age. The modern and post-modern turn inward that I mentioned in my last article is also a turn away from external moral responsibility and any kind of external moral regulation of the self's desires continue

The World in the Church 3: Irreligious World, Irreligious Church?

Article by   November 2015
In the West we live in an age when people generally dislike formal religion. There are exceptions of course, but it is a well-established commonplace to observe that many of our contemporaries identify themselves as 'spiritual but not religious'. This emphasis on an interior spirituality detached from external religiosity fits well with the turn inward in Western philosophy. Modern and post-modern man alike have turned away from outward structures and authorities toward the self-sufficient self. At the fountainhead of the Enlightenment, René Descartes made the thinking subject the test of truth. Cogito ergo sum: upon my being a thinking creature rests the entirety of my certainty continue

The World in the Church 2: Ordinary World, Ordinary Church?

Article by   October 2015
My first article began with the observation that Satan ambitiously aims to attack the church at the very points that are intended by God for its defence. He seeks to bring the world into the church through its elders, and at the heart of its public worship. Having considered the growing problem of distractedness, in this article I turn to reflect on the desire that Christians can feel to demonstrate to the world that they are normal, and the resultant risk of churches becoming like the world at just the points where they should be differe continue

The World in the Church: A Distracted World, a Distracted Church?

Article by   October 2015
How does the world get inside the church? The prince of this world is not modest in his schemes or unambitious in his aspirations: his attack on the Son of God reveals the insane over-reach of his pride. Sometimes he might use subtle and insidious means, but he is just as capable of attacking the church at the very point where her divinely ordained defence is focused. Thus while the elders of the church are appointed by God for her protection (Acts 20:28-31), Satan is ready to attack them in order to undermine the church. continue
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