Tremendous Demands

"Consider the contrast with the church in the West today. The early Christians made tremendous demands of their converts - demands that affected the most important areas of their lives. And people came in droves. But we bend over backward in our churches to accommodate the radical individualism of people who come to us to find a 'personal' Savior who, we assure them, will meet their every felt need. And the overwhelming tide of secular culture threatens to suffocate what is left of the spiritual life of our churches, as the West becomes less and less Christian."

-J. Hellerman, When the Church was a Family, 101-102.