What happened to the Y?


I'm enjoying my stay at the Singapore YMCA. On my way to breakfast each day I pass this plaque displaying their mission statement.

There are some worthy ideals about "serving and enriching all members of the community." Nothing about the gospel.

The YMCA was once an evangelical missionary movement. It birthed the Student Volunteer Movement which mobilized 20,000 workers for world missions.

It was a Western secularized kingdom theology that derailed both these movements and the Student Christian Movement a century ago.

For one hundred years, every movement in the Western world that has replaced an evangelical gospel for a secularized kingdom theology has eventually imploded.

Yet the cycle continues . . .


I spoke too early of the Singapore YMCA. Talked to someone who assured me they still have a commitment to gospel.