Religious organizations are stronger to the degree that they impose significant costs in terms of sacrifice and even stigma upon their members," write Finke and Stark in The Churching of America.
Shane Claiborne, in his book, The Irriestible Revolution, writes, “I am convinced that if we lose kids to the culture of drugs and materialism, of violence and war, it’s because we don’t dare them, not because we don’t entertain them. It’s because we make the gospel too easy, not because we make it too difficult. .”
And, “In our culture of ‘seeker sensitivity’ and radical inclusivity, the great temptation is to compromise the cost of discipleship in order to draw a larger crowd. Weith the most sincere hearts, we do not want to see anyone walk away from Jesus becaue of the discomfort of the cross, so we clip the claws on the Lion a little, we clean up a bit the bloody Passion we are called to follow.”