Gospel Coalition Lists 9 of the Biggest Challenges Facing the Church as the Reformation Turns 500


(Photo: Reuters/Hannibal Hanschke)German theologian Martin Luther’s theses door is pictured during the 500th anniversary of the Reformation at the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, on October 31, 2017.

The Gospel Coalition has listed nine of the greatest challenges facing Christianity worldwide, as believers marked the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

Kevin DeYoung, chairman of the board of The Gospel Coalition, and senior pastor of Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, North Carolina, wrote in an article on Tuesday that Christians cannot be blind to the major issues, which he listed as: “Secularization in the former countries of Christendom, opposition to biblical orthodoxy in the West, and increasing violence against the church in parts of the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia.”

DeYoung continued: “Theological heterodoxy holds sway in too many places, as do grinding poverty (on the one hand) and affluent indifference (on the other). And this is to say nothing of rising racial tensions, widespread nominalism, and the plight of those — numbering in the billions — who have no access to the Gospel.”

Still, he said that the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, observing the day on Oct. 31, 1517, when Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses to the door of the…

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