Summary: How to not take the road of "Easy Christianity", and ask the question, "What can I sacrifice for Christ?" not "What can Christ do for me?"
THE MYTH OF NEUTRALITY
By Jerry Falwell
Thesis: You Can’t Live in the Middle
You Must Cross From One Side to the Other
Many want "Easy Christianity," also called, "Easy Believism." They take long vacations from church, and are not loyal in attendance and tithes. They seek selfish pleasures and have lost the desire for separation and holiness. They have addictive habits, and are slaves to sin. They only want practical sermons to help them make it through tough times, they have no stomach for doctrine or the deeper Christian life. They ask "what can Christ do for me?" NOT "What can I sacrifice for Christ." Too few have taken Christ "For better or worse . . .in sickness and health, till death do us part." Many try to cut out on God, yet keep the good things they got from their Christianity. The Bible teaches there is no middle ground. NEUTRALITY IS A MYTH.
The highway of life goes in two different directions, each leading to opposite destinations. "The highway to Hell is broad, and its gate is wide enough for all the multitudes who chase its easy way. But the Gateway to Life is small, and the road is narrow, and only a few ever find it" (Matt 7:13,14, Living Bible).
B. THE SHRINKING MIDDLE IS SHRINKING.
1. There was a historical safety net.
Actually, there never was "middle ground" between God’s side and Satan’s world, or between God’s road and the Devil’s road. But historically there appeared to be middle ground because America was "Christianized." That middle ground was cultural Christianity.
Illustrations of cultural Christianity:
• Bible Reading in public schools
• 10 Commandments basis for morality
• Lord’s Day honored
• "Sin tax" to control liquor and cigarettes
In the past, many who left Christ’s service did not fall into paganism; i.e. idol worship, demon domination, or addictive sin. A "Christianized" society gave those who departed from the church the benefits of Christianity, even though they left organized Christianity, i.e. the church. Their safety net was cultural Christianity.
2. American is losing its Christian influence, even though there is no loss of the outward factors of Christianity.
American has not lost:
a. Its percentage of church members. About 41% of America prefers Christianity, the same at 1940,
b. Its belief in God, the Bible, heaven, etc. (About the same percentage believe in these essentials today or 1940, according to Gallup Poll),
c. Its number of churches. Outwardly, the presence of church building appears about as strong as 50 years ago.
3. There is definite loss of authentic Christianity.
American Christianity is losing the cultural battles. Called "The Secularization of Christianity," the following forces have diluted the effectiveness of individual Christians:
c. Hostile public school system,
d. Hostile media.
4. The eight present cultural battles against Christianity.
Summarized by George Barna.
1. Media mockery
2. Rewriting history (reconstructionism)
3. Declining loyalty in church attendance (membership remains the same)