Dr. Travis Smith of the Hillside Baptist Church in Tampa recently wrote on his blog, "It is the third generation that is now in positions of leadership in our churches and institutions. History evidences the propensity of the third generation to set upon a path of spiritual apathy and decline.
This generation lacks a sense of identity with the faith and vision of the first generations. They often become critics of those who went before them and, if they are honest, wrestle with spiritual uncertainties questioning who they are, what they believe, and what they should practice. The sad reality is that a spiritual apathy often dominates this generation leading to dead orthodoxy (doctrine, beliefs) and inevitably a rejection of the convictions of the generations that went before them. Lifted up by pride, they tend to be obstinate and independent of God and man. They have fought few battles, are benefactors of the sacrifices of others and few are willing to confess that they themselves built nothing. They have, in the words of Martyn Lloyd Jones, "spent yesterday's capital until they have nothing left."
Dr. Smith is quoted in the summer 2015 issue of The Projector and Pastor Ted Brainard in this same article continues, "Spiritual apathy concerning what the Bible teaches concerning Biblical separation and the glorious principles and doctrines of scripture leads to spiritual decline which leads to spiritual ruin. Biblical distinctives are what make Christianity different from all the false religions of the world. When one sets aside those distinctives, one becomes no different than the world. Biblical distinctives matter and Biblical separation is the cornerstone of all Biblical distinctives. "...let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God" (II Corinthians 7:1). Separated, consecrated Christian living is not optional. It is part and parcel of the DNA of a Christian. It is what identifies us with our Lord Jesus Christ in this world. When the cornerstone is removed, the building collapses under its own weight. What is more important: loving and maintaining God's Biblical distinctives, or loving and maintaining cultural adaptations under the guise of relevancy? Your answer to that will determine your outcome.