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Emerging Concerns Over Legitimacy of Young Evangelicals Wins Response From Bishop Ricky Sinclair of Miracle Place Church

Apr 22 2013 12:00AM



BAKER, LA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/22/13 -- According to Bishop Ricky Sinclair of Miracle Place Church, Christians are constantly focused on the ways to introduce religion to those who have yet to be touched by the words of the Lord. Namely, many existing Christians focus on helping those who are young or have faced great challenges in life without the support that Christianity can offer. Through the steady development of Miracle Place Church, Sinclair has gained an appreciation of his congregation's desire to reach out to the community and the passion that his youth members exhibit.

While Ricky Sinclair is impressed by the benevolent actions and thoughts of today's young Christians, a recent article from The Christian Post highlights an opposing view from Eric Teetsel, director of The Manhattan Declaration. At a recent panel hosted by The Institute on Religion and Democracy, Teetsel defined young evangelicals as followers of "Oprah-doxy" rather than "Orthodoxy."

In the article, Teetsel explains, "Orthodoxy requires the cultivation of what my professors at Wheaton called the 'life of the mind.' When considering an issue, orthodoxy lays out first principles and are non-negotiable truths, with the Bible as a touchstone, creating a framework through which the merits of ideas can be considered and their consequences evaluated. Oprah-doxy, on the other hand, allows us to respond to issues without the hard, time-consuming work of thoughtful consideration. There are no immutable principles. Instead, we start with a base set of emotions, positive and negative. Love, justice, inclusion, authenticity and equality -- these are good. Judgment, rigidity, stratification -- these are bad. People and ideas are judged accordingly."

Although Teetsel argues that many of today's young Christians are motivated by church culture and modern trends, rather than the values presented by the Bible, Sinclair sees these behaviors in a different light. "Culture is constantly changing and continuously impacts the way congregations deliver their methods. It will always be true that youth are easily impressionable, but the fact that young Christians are still motivated to channel their inquisitive minds into a desire to make a positive impact is highly encouraging for the community. They could be doing worse things with their time, but instead they are finding a way to make religion and charity fun, relevant and thought-provoking."

According to Teetsel, the idea that Christian youth "want desperately to interface seamlessly in American culture," rather than focus on the tenants of their religion, is a bad indication for the future of evangelicalism. However, Ricky Sinclair observes, through the growth of his youth ministries, that young individuals are given the chance to grow and slowly learn that their appreciation of culture can transform into a more positive interpretation as they get older.


Miracle Place Church and Bishop Ricky Sinclair are dedicated to improving the community while assisting the congregation in building stronger relationships with God. Members of Miracle Place Church place a great deal of value on service and, as a result, participate in a range of ministries that support different members of the population. Through Miracle Place Church, the congregation is able to have a positive impact on the people of the community while helping build the spirituality of the area.

Source: Marketwire

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