The nature of God’s City also affects death and sorrow. We know now what it means to die, but death for the Christian is not like death for the non-Christian. For the believer it's an entrance into life. As for sorrow, Christians know what this is, too. We truly grieve for many things, but not as others who have no hope, according to the teaching of the Apostle Paul. In other words, as we come to this great vision of the holy city, the Christian utopia, we come to it as a reminder of what we are now, what we are growing into as we are conformed to the image of Christ, and what we shall one day be.

The literature of the world is filled with utopias, but all of these utopias are different from the one that we find in the 21st chapter of Revelation. In it we read of the New Jerusalem coming down from heaven as a bride adorned for her husband. The remainder of the chapter spells out the details of that revelation, which differs from the human utopias we have seen in literature. 

4. The world's methods. What are the world's methods? The world's methods are politics and money, and this is where the thinking of the secular church is today. That's why the secular church doesn't care much whether evangelicals proclaim an evangelical theology. They don't care much about theology one way or the other. What they're interested in is power and money, and the two go together.

2. The world's theology. We can deal with this second point more briefly because the world's theology is perfectly obvious. It says that there's nothing much wrong with men and women and that we don't need a savior, perhaps only a little bit of help. The church has begun to buy into this theology as well. This does not mean that the church of Jesus Christ, going by that name, necessarily abandons the terminology. It'll still speak of sin and salvation and faith and evangelism and Jesus and all these things, but it doesn't mean by these terms the things that the church has traditionally meant. 

I think there are four significant results of this kind of thinking. The first result of the abandonment of the wisdom of the church in the Scriptures is that it creates a pitiful uncertainty and insecurity on the part of church leaders.