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Oneida, Ky. - We are on the verge â€“ within 10 years â€“ of a major collapse of evangelical Christianity. This breakdown will follow the deterioration of the mainline Protestant world and it will fundamentally alter the religious and cultural environment in the West.
Within two generations, evangelicalism will be a house deserted of half its occupants. (Between 25 and 35 percent of Americans today are Evangelicals.) In the "Protestant" 20th century, Evangelicals flourished. But they will soon be living in a very secular and religiously antagonistic 21st century.
This collapse will herald the arrival of an anti-Christian chapter of the post-Christian West. Intolerance of Christianity will rise to levels many of us have not believed possible in our lifetimes, and public policy will become hostile toward evangelical Christianity, seeing it as the opponent of the common good....
Faithful Remnant wrote: Yep, no biblical world view...no biblical view period! When you have such silliness as "evangelists" saying God told them to hit somebody for healing, it's no wonder. What a disgrace and false spirit and I never would have thought I'd actually find myself in the midst of such a one until it happened today. Any strict Reformed folks want to get over here to Estonia before it is overtaken by this false movement?
sounds like a job for - creation man ! are you in estonia ? i meet quite a few on the ships
Yep, no biblical world view...no biblical view period! When you have such silliness as "evangelists" saying God told them to hit somebody for healing, it's no wonder. What a disgrace and false spirit and I never would have thought I'd actually find myself in the midst of such a one until it happened today. Any strict Reformed folks want to get over here to Estonia before it is overtaken by this false movement? Hurry up. The void is big and the latest charismatic characters are raking in a harvest here of wondering souls still recovering from past oppression. We had Tod Bently claiming this "hit to heal" show and now the new one is Guy Peh(who is in Estonia at this time and who I heard today in person. As soon as he said that God told him to hit a cancer victim and he obeyed this command, I tuned out and patiently waited for the service to end.
No surprise, since it seems many modern evangelicals are not taught the foundations of their faith or refuse to see this as important and value ecumenical connections with compromise. I think a lot of them simply don't know why they believe what they believe to be true and important. If I was a pastor, I'd be teaching them the important basics of evangelical/protestant doctrine: faith alone, scripture alone, grace alone, Christ alone, to the glory of God alone--why do we believe these to be true and why it is paramount to hold to these untainted with other doctrine. Instead of running to the Roman Catholic and so called Orthodox churches, we should be witnessing to them why we believe what we believe.
King James Bible Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
American King James Version Except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman wakes but in vain.
American Standard Version Except Jehovah build the house, They labor in vain that build it: Except Jehovah keep the city, The watchman waketh but in vain.
Bible in Basic English A Song of the going up. Of Solomon. If the Lord is not helping the builders, then the building of a house is to no purpose: if the Lord does not keep the town, the watchman keeps his watch for nothing.
America is bogged down in "ReLiGiOuS DENOMINATIONAL FUNK" that doesn't promote THE TRUE UNITY OF THE "FAITH" ... men are building buildings as monuments to themselves and in many cases burdening parishioners with exorbitant debt that carries with it budget-busting interest.
When "We" take a sober look at the state of the Church and America's moral decline "We" must contemplate "Our" TWO PARTY SYSTEM with discerning hearts ---- The Democrats and Republicans are in a never ending struggle for POWER AND CONTROL OVER AMERICA'S PURSE STRINGS and the sad reality is, though both parties are constantly posing and posturing to give the APPEARANCE of concern for the well-being and best interest of "We The People", THERE ARE NO TRUE PATREOTS AMONGST THEM !!!
THIS IS A RUDDERLESS SHIP, RUNNING FULL SAILS, FILLED WITH FOOLS ROAMING THE DECKS ADORNED IN THEIR FINERY LOOKING BUSY, BUT ACCOMPLISHING NOTHING OF ANY INTRINSIC AND LASTING VALUE ----- NOT ONE OF THESE CLUELESS ROGUES HAS NOTICED THE SHIP IS RUNNING OUT OF CONTROL, NO ONE HAS EVEN APPROACH THE HELM --- THEY JUST KEEP DOING WHAT FOOLS DO ------ PLAYING AND PRETENDING !!!
Scott, has it right, except he forgot one prominent group of people who have exploited "Evangelicals" and whom "Evangelicals" let themselves be exploited by, politicians. When Christians don't want to be busy about God's business, they busy themselves with man's.
So, the numbers drop, big deal except for the likes of Rick Warren where it is a numbers game, e.g., Church Growth Gone Mad.
"Evangelical Christianity has turned into a merchandising and fund-raising machine over the past decade or so, and individual Christians are seen as piggy banks to be exploited. If they're not being asked to bail out ministries in crisis mode which need immediate money to keep operating, they're being sold an endless parade of books, CDs, videos, trinkets, conferences, etc. All this is done with ever more sophisticated donor profiling and tracking software. When people realize they're worth nothing to these ministries other than the money they give, why would anyone be interested in that?"
Its not just "ministries" though. Many (most?) churches are doing the exact same thing.
""Two of the beneficiaries will be the Roman Catholic and Orthodox communions. Evangelicals have been entering these churches in recent decades and that trend will continue, with more efforts aimed at the "conversion" of Evangelicals to the Catholic and Orthodox traditions.""
Same old problem! This guy doesn't know the real definition of "evangelical."
Predictions such as this emerge from modernist ideologies tainted by the liberal agenda in society.
The reason for any perceived downturn in church and religion is in God's hands and everything works for His good. The numbers game is irrelevant as Gideon found out in Judges 7.
True Christianity is about gradual holy character developed IN individuals as the love of the world is frustrated out by a loving Father. It is NOT about sympathetic personalities familiar with Jesus making life for better for mankind.
To add to Scott's point, when you get a chance, look through Christian publications in the classified section where churches post "openings" for church staff and pastors. Bible expert, teaching experience, intelligence in world issues, etc., are NOT the qualifications sought. Instead, the criteria usually focuses on fund-raising, music/drama experience, internet/technology proficiency, etc.
In ten years, I'm sure people will remember this prediction, which is why people write stuff like this.
There's something to this, though: Evangelical Christianity has turned into a merchandising and fund-raising machine over the past decade or so, and individual Christians are seen as piggy banks to be exploited. If they're not being asked to bail out ministries in crisis mode which need immediate money to keep operating, they're being sold an endless parade of books, CDs, videos, trinkets, conferences, etc. All this is done with ever more sophisticated donor profiling and tracking software. When people realize they're worth nothing to these ministries other than the money they give, why would anyone be interested in that? This situation has gotten so crass that it's unapologetic and undisguised now. Raising money is all that matters. Individual Christians are ruthlessly exploited with quack health nonsense, pop psychology, etc. Any roots in what used to be evangelical Christianity are far gone.