Many things that start out glorifying God come to a crossroads. For whatever reason, the revival happens, people are getting saved, and then a plateau event happens or something comes along where those that are in leadership have to make a decision about the way that an activity or organization should go. Invariably, organizations seem to choose to relax standards that they’ve long held rather than stay put.
In some cases, this may be a good thing– where it would impact our ability to minister or witness to continue to hold to something extra-Biblical. Most often, though, it’s in an area of separation from the world which seems to be the thing to go. Too often we see something that looks like it’s prospering because of the sheer numbers (like the whole “Purpose Driven Life” craze) and want to allow that without looking beneath the surface to what they believe and what they hold to.
AWANA is leaning this way by promoting some material in the emerging/contemplative spirituality camp— people that do not hold to the same Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that AWANA has long claimed.
We’re having to deal with the effect of pentacostalism in our church’s Christian School. And it’s hard. It’s hard to have names and faces to a movement that you don’t agree with and believe you need to separate from on a church level.
Until the Lord returns and sets things right, I feel like Mrs. Meg Logan said the other day in comments– we’re going to continue to spiral to be more and more like the world.