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PITFALL OF THE EVANGELICALS 4/86 Evangelicals emphasize certain things to the neglect and exclusion of everything else. To name these things that they emphasize: - doctrine - giving money to the church - Bible study - being actively involved in church - witnessing activities - testimonies - the "gospel" message They emphasize these things to the point of fanaticism. They become so obsessed with them, so carried away with them, that they become intellectual automatons. The consequence of it is that they become starved spiritually and end in spiritual emptiness, spiritual bankruptcy. What is it that is so vital to spiritual growth and health that gets neglected, crowded out and excluded? The search for spiritual understanding. The process of asking questions, the process of inquiry. The search for knowledge of self. Spiritual truth and understanding comes from thinking, questioning, and examining. It comes from observing life, learning from life. It comes from asking what is important in life and what isn't. It comes from reading things that wise and thinking men have written down through the ages. It comes from searching for truth and understanding, from whatever the source. It comes from listening to your feelings and intuition, from listening to the light that lies within you (if your basic feelings and intuition tells you something is wrong, listen). And it comes from serious reading of the Bible. True Christianity is a thing of the heart, a thing of the right values, outlooks and priorities. The obsessions and fanaticisms of evangelicalism create a religion of the head, a religion of ideas instead of feelings.