I have a query - and I don't know if there is a right answer, or even if this is the right question, but here it goes.
Which of the following tends to be a greater cause of error?
1. People refuse to see their own sin and the devastating impact of sin on the world, and so an ego-centric pollyannaish approach is taken.
2. People get bored with the Gospel, so instead end up focusing on other things to the Gospel's determent.
I normally end up thinking I see the second more -- that there is a boredom of the Gospel, that there is a disdainful attitude that comes to the simple preaching of Christ, of seeing Him over and over again. Wanting something "different". There is that disdain of the Gospel -- we know *that*, give us something new.
Of course, on the other hand, I think I am seeing more folks who, when you get to it, don't really understand the impact of sin. They think sin is just like a small zit - something that if you apply a bit of spiritual make-up is gone -- just give me a little touch up and I'll be good for the week.
Of course, these two are intertwined. If you actually understand the depth and impact of sin, the Gospel is never boring, is never anything less than wondrous. The answer to which is probably "yes" -- but I wonder, which in our culture pops out more. Is it a pretend self-righteousness or being so rich that the Gospel seems chopped liver.