A friend was sharing his diagnosis of the current fallout (to add to the previous) in the Church, and I added something to it which I think equally obtains, and could be applicable to American/European Christianity in general.
At the core of the problem (among many other things) is the modern abhorrence of giving privileges to the “particular” and the great admiration of making all things work in harmony and equality.
We think that by telling other religions, cults, denominations, and the whole mass of the unbelieving world that they all stand under a heavy obligation to submit in repentance towards the risen Christ as the only true God and Ruler of Creation, and to grasp hold of his forgiving love offered in His cross as the only way to enjoy everlasting happiness and avoid the eternal pains of hell, is a commitment the “evil” of particularism, discrimination, proselytism, judgmentalism, fundamentalism, and even colonialism (as I heard recently).
Somehow and someway, we have become duped into thinking Christ was only a committed integrationist such that all his concern was for us to get along, and to do so in the most peaceable manner, despite divergent beliefs and habits. A Christ who is particularist, who will only save the sheep and scourge with hell the goats is simply no longer admissible. That Jesus is no longer allowed in churches today. Those who worship this “Jesus” would be surely surprised to read that the Jesus of the New Testament “hates” false doctrine, and threatens to fight against those who hold to it with everlasting judgment (Rev 2:15-16).
This is why the language of the Church has changed to be what it is in the last 50+ years. It is now meant to offer tea and biscuits and a lovely time , rather than to communicate a divine summons from a Heavenly Lord demanding men to prepare the way of the Lord who comes to separate the wheat and the chaff.
The truth is, ever since Lucifer, and the host of fallen angels, rebelled against the Creator, there has been a division within creation that cannot be closed as long as this rebellion exists. Moreover, since it was tricked into the philosophy of self-reliance and God’s insufficiency, the human race has joined into the other side of the dividing line in opposition to the Creator. There is no cessation of this division, ultimately, since we know that God has prophesied the eschatological destruction of the devil and his angels, together with the mass of disobedient humanity. Withal, this suffering will have “no end” (2 Thes 1:9). This is also why there will always be a division in the world against the children of God and the children of the devil (1 John 3:10), and this division can’t be dissolved as long as both sides retain their character. This is also why secular politics is deceived into thinking it can govern humanity while catering to this division. Even the unsolvable problem of civil unrest shows the need for a Messiah who will come to clean away the opposition and establish an everlasting Kingdom for only one side of this division, the just.
Final note: No, I don’t intend here to say there is no universalist aspects to the Lord. So before I see citations to “when I be lifted up, I will draw all men into Myself” or “God so loved the world”, or “God is no respecter of persons”, please read me in context. I want to be clear that there is a universalism insofar as Christ is king of the universe and demands the universe to bow to Him as Lord and Savior. To quote someone, “A form of universalism, if you’d like…sure”