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The Chaos of a Conflicted Church

by | Sat, Aug 26 2023

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What is the reason for the ever-increasing tension we seem to face in the West today? Is it a philosophical issue? Many people believe it is. But could it also have something to do with the decline of the Christian church?

Nations are divided, and countries like Australia are becoming increasingly secularized. While many parts of the Christian Church are indeed flourishing, there is a general perception that attendance has been decreasing over the decades.

Australian Christian Leader, Ken Ham, is concerned that Western culture is descending into chaos. He believes a conflicted church is the result of leaders failing to equip believers to engage with a fallen world. Ken recently joined us 20Twenty to share some of his observations.

As well as being one of the world’s best-known Biblical apologists, Ken is also CEO and founder of Answers in Genesis and The Creation Museum. His ministry has become one of the biggest in the world, directly impacting approximately 30 million people every year.

Powerful Tools for Ministry

Since the pandemic began, Ken says more people have started looking to eternal things and questioning what is important in life.  The now-famous Ark Encounter together with the Creation Museum have become powerful witnessing tools for the ministry.

In his new book, Divided Nations- Cultures in Chaos and a Conflicted Church, Ken continues to address what he believes are the biggest issues facing Western Christianity today. He focuses on what he says are failures in teaching people the right way to think and engage with the current culture.

‘Churches aren’t equipping us to understand that there’s no neutrality,’ says Ken. ‘Non-Christians are not neutral; everyone has a religion and a foundation for their worldview. Ultimately there are only two religions, God’s word and man’s word.’

People longer build their thinking on God’s word. We’ve had generations secularized through our education systems in the West. We are taught that man determines truth. Anything goes except the absolutes of Christianity. How do we decide what’s right and wrong?

A Conflict of Worldviews

God’s word tells us that marriage is between a man and a woman, that abortion is killing a human being made in the image of God. But this now creates a conflict of worldviews. Many Christians have not understood that this is the real battle.

‘It’s a foundational battle between God’s word and man’s word,’ says Ken. ‘And Christians haven’t been equipped with apologetics and taught how to defend the Christian faith. They don’t know how to give answers to those who attack God’s word.’

Once when you shared a story from the Bible, it was seen as a historical event and something that was true. But today it’s perceived as a fairytale.  What we have to understand is the change that’s occurred in our culture.

The Foundation of the Gospel

‘We still need to teach doctrine from the Bible, but we also have to be raising up people to contend for the Christian faith,’ says Ken. ‘We need to understand the arguments that are being used against the Bible so we can raise up generations of young people equipped with the answers.’

‘The whole message of Jesus and the whole message of the Gospel is founded in Genesis. It’s the foundation for everything we will ever need to know.’

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