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Christianity In Collapse Mode

March 12, 2009
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Yesterday,a born again Christian’ friend of mine who voted for the current president, responded to my misgivings concerning the President’s past favorable voting history to allow post abortion infant death (babies who survive abortion to be ‘legally’ left alone to die).  His response was, “Jesus is coming.”  That same day I heard of Connecticut‘s government types wanting to intervene into how Catholic’s govern themselves through their bishops by placing a board of laity to judge the value of their decisions. Then I heard Glen Beck read some of this article on my way to work today. 

I am sharing some of Mr. Spencer’s work here.  One, because I agree with this part of his work.  Two, because responding to the will of God has, historically, changed everything . . .  and perhaps . . .  The coming evangelical collapse | csmonitor.com

 

 

An anti-Christian chapter in Western history is about to begin. But out of the ruins, a new vitality and integrity will rise.    By Michael Spencer   from the March 10, 2009 edition of the Christian Science Monitor
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.

Despite all of these challenges, it is impossible not to be hopeful. As one commenter has already said, "Christianity loves a crumbling empire."
We can rejoice that in the ruins, new forms of Christian vitality and ministry will be born. I expect to see a vital and growing house church movement. This cannot help but be good for an evangelicalism that has made buildings, numbers, and paid staff its drugs for half a century.
We need new evangelicalism that learns from the past and listens more carefully to what God says about being His people in the midst of a powerful, idolatrous culture.

• Michael Spencer is a writer and communicator living and working in a Christian community in Kentucky. He describes himself as "a postevangelical reformation Christian in search of a Jesus-shaped spirituality." This essay is adapted from a series on his blog, InternetMonk.com .

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