What Was the Condition of the American Christian Church Prior to the Civil War?
In the mid-1800s, numerous theological compromises were adopted in American churches
- Rejection of the historical, grammatical interpretation of Genesis 1 by holding to the erroneous belief that the days of creation were not literal
- Note that this re-interpretation occurred decades prior to the publication of Charles Darwin’s book On the Origin of the Species
- Embracing of the goodness of man and his ability to come to Christ by a decision without the need for the re-generating work of the Holy Spirit
- Acceptance of revivalism techniques to have people respond to the Gospel of Christ - particularly as embodied in the teaching of Charles Finney