The coming evangelical collapse

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I want to make some comments about this article. I will only quote parts of the article so I suggest you click on the link above to read the entire article.

An anti-Christian chapter in Western history is about to begin. But out of the ruins, a new vitality and integrity will rise.

Oneida, Ky. – We are on the verge – within 10 years – 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.

Very strong statements about what is going to happen in America. I challenge you to read the entire article.

Why is this going to happen?

2. We Evangelicals have failed to pass on to our young people an orthodox form of faith that can take root and survive the secular onslaught. Ironically, the billions of dollars we’ve spent on youth ministers, Christian music, publishing, and media has produced a culture of young Christians who know next to nothing about their own faith except how they feel about it. Our young people have deep beliefs about the culture war, but do not know why they should obey scripture, the essentials of theology, or the experience of spiritual discipline and community. Coming generations of Christians are going to be monumentally ignorant and unprepared for culture-wide pressures.

This screams out about our lazy churches and preachers. We have service but we do not serve. We preach but we do not teach. God’s people are not ready to stand. They do not know what to believe or why they believe it.

Parents I hope you will read this and take warning!

3. There are three kinds of evangelical churches today: consumer-driven megachurches, dying churches, and new churches whose future is fragile. Denominations will shrink, even vanish, while fewer and fewer evangelical churches will survive and thrive.

6. Even in areas where Evangelicals imagine themselves strong (like the Bible Belt), we will find a great inability to pass on to our children a vital evangelical confidence in the Bible and the importance of the faith.

My heart breaks as I read this article and have to acknowledge how true it is. How many pass on to their children a true love for God and His word? They can not live off of their parents faith.

What will be left?

•Expect evangelicalism to look more like the pragmatic, therapeutic, church-growth oriented megachurches that have defined success. Emphasis will shift from doctrine to relevance, motivation, and personal success – resulting in churches further compromised and weakened in their ability to pass on the faith.

This about sums up what is happening in the majority of churches. I do not want this to be the ministry that Vision has! I want to teach doctrine. I want us to pass on our faith to an entire world that desperately needs the Lord Jesus Christ.

Evangelicalism doesn’t need a bailout. Much of it needs a funeral. But what about what remains?

Will the coming collapse get Evangelicals past the pragmatism and shallowness that has brought about the loss of substance and power? Probably not. The purveyors of the evangelical circus will be in fine form, selling their wares as the promised solution to every church’s problems. I expect the landscape of megachurch vacuity to be around for a very long time.

Will it shake lose the prosperity Gospel from its parasitical place on the evangelical body of Christ? Evidence from similar periods is not encouraging. American Christians seldom seem to be able to separate their theology from an overall idea of personal affluence and success.

I do not want Vision to be involved in the circus, selling our wares and promising solutions. I want us to be a Bible preaching, teaching, and practicing church. Come help us build a church, a real church, that is doing what God meant for a church to do.

God has given us a good three years. We are set to start out now on our fourth. I hope we will be worthy. I hope we will preach and teach and do what He wants us to do!

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