"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Bible, and whosoever believes in it (in addition to all the other required stuff) shall not perish but have everlasting religion."
Whatever our 'non-negotiables' are in Christianity become equal with Jesus. It seems like the conservative trinity is GOD the intolerant, the Bible, & Christians traditions (beliefs & culture).
Nicky Gumbel says that our faith is based on the Bible, I thought it was based on the 'good news' of Jesus. I guess it wasn't good enough.
Everyone knows our religion has a consumer crisis. The product we indulge in is religious self-affirmation.
Question, does your God care more about religious legislation or people? If your expression of faith about how you live, or helping others to become fully alive? Is your church for Christians or pagans?
If Christians NEED to come back to church every Sunday to get filled up again to face the next week then they need to plug their hole. The church is not a business so we don't do 'work for pay', we are supposed to serve and be fulfilled by the idea that we are making a difference. If you want to break the consumer culture in your church then start cultivating a fulfillment based environment. Always be showing people how they have made a difference.
If they are not making a difference then they are not following Jesus... show them how. They will see a difference very quickly.