“Evangelicals used to be defined by their theology. But today they are increasingly defined by their style. They used to seek pastors who knew the Bible. Today they search for ministers with entertainment and management skills. They flock to dynamic pulpit personalities rather than to those who exhibit godly character.
“…Chief among the truths evangelicals need to recover are the great Reformation doctrines summarized by the well-known solas (Latin for “only” or “alone”): sola Sciptura, which means “Scripture alone”; solus Christus, which means “Christ alone”; sola gratia, which means “grace alone”; sola fide, which means “faith alone”; and soli Deo gloria, which means “glory to God alone.”
“…Without these five confessional statements—Scripture alone, Christ alone, grace alone, faith alone, and glory to God alone—we do not have a true church, and certainly not one that will survive for very long. For how can any church be a true and faithful church if it does not stand for Scripture alone, is not committed to a biblical gospel, and does not exist for God’s glory? A church without these convictions has ceased to be a true church, whatever else it may be.
“…We must recover the historic Christian faith. This will require serious study of the Bible, and for some it will involve a radical reordering of their entire perspectives, not to mention the way they have been going about their Christian work. For all, it will mean a new reliance on the power of the Holy Spirit to work through the teaching and preaching of God’s word, rather than a frantic search for some tantalizing new methodology to persuade unbelievers to attend and join our churches.”
James Montgomery Boice, Whatever Happened to the Gospel of Grace?