“If a man is redeemed by Christ, then he is a member of [the] one Church – a Church founded in God’s decree before time existed, and by the grace of God manifested in history as long as sinful heirs of Adam have lived.
Enter the modern rootless evangelical, who, with a bemused detachment, is able to tell you only that the church he attends was founded in the late fifties by a gifted biblical expositor, an honors graduate of Bison Breath Bible College. Historically isolated from other periods of the Church, this church member’s faith is very much anchored to the present moment and his own present needs and concerns. For many modern evangelicals, this historical provincialism is perfectly acceptable to them; they enjoy life in the provinces. They have not been taught to appreciate the importance of history, and so, for them, it falls easily to the ground.
But for others, such ecclesiastical rootlessness is intolerable – and rightly intolerable. In search of roots, and not wanting to belong to any denomination that apparently has no more of a historical pedigree than the average cult, they begin to look around.”
Douglas Wilson, Mother Kirk, p.27