The relationship of Christ, and, more particularly His Church, to the culture in which the church finds itself is a question that must constantly be answered.
- How does the church respond when it is a culture that is hostile--much of the Muslim world and some of the former communist lands for example?
- How does the church keep from becoming the civic-religion in a land that is largely friendly to it?
- How does a church that values clear doctrine behave when it is in a situation where another version of Christianity, one that doesn't share the doctrinal distinctives of the church in consideration, dominates and has a friendly relationship with the dominant culture--Protestants in predominantly Roman Catholic or Orthodox cultures, or vice-versa, and any number of other combinations?
The article, as well as the book, is worth a read. I have added the book to me "to reread" list.