Accommodate at your peril

“You can imagine the Israelites in, say, Babylon, and those wonderful, whispering voices of Anglican (or any other denomination – my comment) accommodation that would’ve been around even then, turning round to the leaders and to the prophets saying, ‘Now look. We’re not really saying that we want to dump Jehovah. All we are saying is that the Babylonians have done really rather well for themselves. They have nice gardens. They seem to be running rather good water systems. The roads are excellent; health care provision is good. So, we’re really saying how about a bit of a mixed economy here? How about giving these gods a bit of a run, and keeping on with Jehovah, and let’s see how it goes?”

Martyn Percy, “The Challenges of Contemporary Culture” (Conference Address presented at the St Albans Diocese Clergy Conference (‘Meeting the Challenge of Mission and Ministry’), The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Alfreton, Derbyshire, June 25, 2012)
In an essay here.

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