“Bolin had diagnosed in some detail “the sorting” within evangelicalism—the scramble of Christians switching congregations, churches rising and falling, pastors adapting or heading for the exits. It occurs to me, while he discusses these potential changes, that no church is guaranteed anything. The moment Bolin stops lighting fires from the pulpit at FloodGate, how many of its members—who are now accustomed to that sort of inferno, who came to FloodGate precisely because they wanted the heat—will go looking for them elsewhere?”
This piece made me quite sad to read, but I also wonder about this, for those who are used to a stance of both anger and victimhood, what happens when they stop hearing that at church? And how in the world do these pastors reconcile what they're doing with so much of the bible? A question that no one seems to ask them too much.