So Long, Sin. Hello “Ceasingly Cheerful Worship”

Sin. Lament. Confession.

According to Cornelius Plantinga Jr., senior research fellow at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, these words and concepts are absent in many evangelical—even confessionally Reformed—churches in the United States.

So what’s the dominant tone and tenor of these churches?

Ceasingly cheerful worshiper? Yes. says Plantinga.

Ceasingly cheerful worshipers? Yes, says Plantinga. And it’s not good.

Ceasingly cheerful worship.”

Plantinga, along with The New York Times columnist Ross Douthat, spoke at the Ethics and Policy Public Center’s recent 2014 Faith Angle Forum on the topic “Whatever Became of Sin—2014 Edition.”

Read Plantinga’s perceptive comments and consequences of this shift here.

Also read Plantinga’s bracing book Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be:  A Breviary of Sin, or download a condensed article of his book in this free PDF.