Christian myth and ritual shape the people of God, by the power of the Spirit, into conformity to Christ, creating within the Church a palpable aroma of love, peace, purity, joy, ministry, mission and forgiveness. That aroma spreads from the Church to the city around it.
But what has happened if Christians fail to produce this aroma? What can we say when the fruits of the Spirit are not evident? What can we say when it no longer seems that the Spirit catches up the Church into the love and mission of the Trinity?
Perhaps the Spirit has departed. Perhaps the Spirit has been grieved.
-Peter Leithart, Against Christianity, p.112