Wherever in the church biblical authority has been lost, Christ has been displaced, the gospel has been distorted, or faith has been perverted, it has always been for one reason: our interests have displaced God's and we are doing his work in our way. The loss of God's centrality in the life of today's church is common and lamentable. It is this loss that allows us to transform worship into entertainment, gospel preaching into marketing, believing into technique, being good into feeling good about ourselves, and faithfulness into being successful. As a result, God, Christ and the Bible have come to mean too little to us and rest too inconsequentially upon us.
On the basis of the quid pro quo agreement in the correspondence,  the Arab Revolt was launched on 5 June 1916.  However, in May 1916 the governments of the United Kingdom, France, and Russia secretly concluded the Sykes–Picot Agreement , which Balfour described later as a "wholly new method" for carving up the area, after the 1915 agreement "seems to have been forgotten". [i] It was negotiated in late 1915 and early 1916 between Sir Mark Sykes and François Georges-Picot , with the primary arrangements being set out in draft form in a joint memorandum on 5 January 1916.   Sykes was a British Conservative and Unionist MP whose role had developed from his seat on the 1915 De Bunsen Committee to have a significant influence on British policy in the Middle East, including initiating the creation of the Arab Bureau , whilst Picot was a French diplomat and former consul-general in Beirut.  The agreement defined their proposed spheres of influence and control in Western Asia should the Triple Entente succeed in defeating the Ottoman Empire during World War I,   dividing many Arab territories into British- and French-administered areas. In Palestine, internationalisation was proposed,   with the form of administration to be confirmed after consultation with both Russia and Hussein;  the January draft noted Christian and Muslim interests, and that “members of the Jewish community throughout the world have a conscientious and sentimental interest in the future of the country.”   [j] Prior to this point, no active negotiations with Zionists had taken place, but Sykes had been aware of Zionism, was in contact with Moses Gaster – a senior Zionist and former President of the English Zionist Federation  – and may have seen Samuel’s 1915 memorandum.   In Sykes’ mind, the agreement became outdated even before it was signed – in March 1916, he was to write in a private letter: “to my mind the Zionists are now the key of the situation”.