“I say, then, in the first place, that a scriptural view of sin is one of the best antidotes to that vague, dim, misty, hazy kind of theology which is so painfully current in the present age. It is vain to shut our eyes to the fact that there is a vast quantity of so-called Christianity now-a-days which you cannot declare positively unsound, but which, nevertheless, is not full measure, good, weight, and sixteen ounces to the pound. It is a Christianity in which there is undeniably ‘something about Christ, and something about grace, and something about faith, and something about repentance, and something about holiness’; but it is not the real “thing as it is” in the Bible. Things are out of place, and out of proportion. As old Latimer would have said, it is a kind of “mingle-mangle,” and does no good. It neither exercises influence on daily conduct, nor comforts in life, nor gives peace in death; and those who hold it often awake too late to find that they have got nothing solid under their feet. Now I believe the likeliest way to cure and mend this defective kind of religion is to bring forward more prominently the old scriptural truth about the sinfulness of sin. People will never set their faces decidedly toward heaven, and live like pilgrims, until they really feel that they are in danger of hell.” (J.C. Ryle, Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots, Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers) p.12 I believe that what JC Ryle wrote above in 1877 is still relevant today. Much of evangelicalism is a “mingle-mangle.” The same issue of shallowness and light-fluffy theology prevails and endangers the gospel today. Too much of the culture is infiltrating the church today. From business oriented methods, shoddy evangelism, and candy cane theology to poor exposition of Scripture, non-existent accountability, and a dearth of doctrine, the church is in need of a wake-up call! I ask you to pray for the church at large. Let us keep the apostolic tradition going. We can save the evangelical church!