Betcha never heard of the ‘Evangelical Cycle’.
The ‘Evangelical Cycle’ runs various courses but each ends up in the same place. Perhaps the most typical cycle goes something like this….
He/she begins the cycle a God-person. A God-person is one who speaks of God, speaks to God and petitions God. Notably, a God-person speaks God.
A God-person is, at least somewhat, a humble person. He knows there is Someone bigger than himself. He respects that Someone and attempts to placate that Someone. To appease, he spends his days being good enough. He becomes a doer, anxiously measuring his deeds, hoping the good outweighs the bad.
A God-person will sometimes become a Jesus-person. A Jesus-person is one who has discovered the Lord Jesus and received His great salvation. A Jesus-person is still a God-person, but now he relates to a God he knows, no longer a distant God, a God he has learned to call Father.
Notably, a Jesus-person speaks Jesus…. because Jesus is his enthusiasm. He speaks the overflow of his heart and his heart is enamored with Him. A Jesus-person is a content and appreciative and effective person. He is not a doer, but gets things done. He enjoys life because he enjoys Christ. He is filled with, and managed by, the Spirit.
Soon the Jesus-person becomes an Evangelical-person. An Evangelical-person is one who has been enticed to attach himself to an evangelical institution of one sort or another.
An Evangelical-person is one who speaks evangelical jargon, governs himself by evangelical logic, and keeps step with other Evangelical-persons. The Evangelical-person becomes, once more, a God-person, though now he is a born again God-person.
The Evangelical-God-person speaks of God, speaks to God and petitions God. Notably, an Evangelical-God-person speaks God…. no longer speaking Jesus. God has become, again, the Someone to be placated. To appease, as before, he spends his days being good enough. He becomes a doer, anxiously measuring his deeds, hoping the good will outweigh the bad.
Evangelical Cycle complete.