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    The Danger of Today’s Church Form

    Is the current American church form a scandal to the gospel? Richard Niebuhr, a theologian whose words were heeded by even the State Department, wrote, “Denominationalism represents the moral failure of Christianity.” Scathing words. Isn’t the prophet wagging his fingers too vehemently? Isn’t there any good in denominationalism? Leslie Newbigin acknowledged goods done by denominations, but then pronounced judgment: “it is not, in any biblical sense, the church.” It’s highest achievement, uniting people of common passion and theology, is also its greatest scandal. Denominational division emerges from the Enlightenment culture that relegates faith into the private world of values. What I believe is my preference. Religion, then, is an association, and denomination is the expression…