The Church and the Ways of the World
[The Church's] ministry to the world is not realised in compromise activities, by identifying with [the world's] practices. One of the most distressing spectacles is that of the visible Church been seen attempting to mimic the world and adopting its questionable gimmicks. It is a sad reflection on the spiritual state of the Church. A Church that is but an organisation, probably well organised, but lacking spiritual life will not effectively appeal to the world or meet the need of deeply impoverished souls.The Church is a living organism called to dispense life to a dead world and should not be swooning over its corpses or worshipping its idols. For the Church to copy the world is tantamount to putting a shroud on a living person.
Melvin J. Seaborne, Aspects of Biblical Ecclesiology (Penygroes: A.C.T.S., 1991), 19