Arthur at “the voice of one crying out in suburbia” makes a good point in his post “Yeah but.” No, many times we don’t want to know what Scripture teaches. And, when we do know, it’s much more comfortable to conform Scripture to match our lives (through various hermeneutical tricks) than to conform our lives to Scripture.
It wasn’t long ago that I couldn’t imagine church without steeples, hymnals, staff, pews (or chairs in rows), Sunday School, children’s programs, men’s ministry, women’s ministry, tithes and offerings, dress clothes, pulpits, preachers, Youth groups, revivals, search committees, choirs, little plastic cups and little pieces of bread, discipleship programs, evangelism programs, etc.
Why? Because that’s the way I learned it. Scripture was always taught in light of what we did, not the other way around.
Plus, we were quite comfortable with the way things were, and it worked.