“Christians who are conformed to the world introduce into the Church the value-judgments and concepts of the world. They believe in action. They want efficiency. They give first place to economics, and they think all means are good…. They are defined by their sociological milieu. The Protestant thinks to adopt the means which the world employs. Since he finds those means useful in his profession, or in his leisure time, they stand so high in his estimation that he cannot see why he should not introduce them into the Church and make the things of the spirit dependent on them.
“He never faces the problem of these means…. They are effective. Hence they are good. Since they are in a sanctified world and are effective, why not make use of them in the Church? The criteria of his thinking as a Christian are so vague, and the demands of his faith are so ‘inward,’ that he is unaware of any contradiction between the world’s means and the life of faith.”
Jacques Ellul, in False Presence of the Kingdom (1972),
cited in Marva Dawn, Powers, Weakness, and the Tabernacling of God (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans, 2001), pp. 84-85.