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In addition to individualism, the Church of North America faces the challenge of consumerism, and which individuals quote view religion as a commodity we consume, rather than one in which we invest ourselves.” In a consumer society consumers are more committed to getting their needs met than they are to a community of people. “If their needs go unmet, they’re quick to switch to another church, just as they would doctors, grocery stores, or airlines to find better service.” To consumers, church membership involves little loyalty, and church discipline would have little impact, as those who exercise discipline neat little to those receiving discipline.

Those Who Must Give an Account

“Church Membership, Church Discipline, and the Nature of the Church

John S. Hammett