In Volume 4_A Christian View of the Church, Schaeffer considers many difficult issues Christendom needs to address if it is going to be salt and light in this world. Among the issues is orthodox Christian doctrine, which too often is dispersed for peripheral doctrines that don’t hold up the structure of historical Christianity. We major on the minor issues and ignore the major ones like “the perpetuity of spiritual gifts vs. the Trinity”. This occurs when we do our theology from a man centered base, not from the God who is there and grounds all absolute truth.
Another issue is that the watching world longs for a love that is real and true. Believers have an opportunity to demonstrate this love only when God’s truth is their passion and the Lord Jesus is their model. Too often that’s not the case and God’s name ends up being profaned. Then there’s the departure from our Reformation roots as evangelicals which has resulted in a loss of confidence in the Scriptures inerrancy and authority, and subsequent promises of blessing and cursing. This has made the gospel a sham and many of our churches have become tombs for the living dead. Lastly, if the aforesaid is not reversed, we will be remembered as that generation who talked the talk but did not walk the walk. To such people Jesus says, “Depart from me I never knew you, you workers of iniquity .”