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Predictions

Posted by Godefroi on March 10, 2009

A mostly doom-and-gloom perspective of the future of Evangelical Christianity.  An excerpt, with my emphases and interjections:

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. {After that whole generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation grew up, who knew neither the LORD nor what he had done for Israel. – Judges 24:10} (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. {Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me – Matthew 24:9} 

Millions of Evangelicals will quit. {At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other – MT 24:10} Thousands of ministries will end. Christian media will be reduced, if not eliminated. Many Christian schools will go into rapid decline. I’m convinced the grace and mission of God will reach to the ends of the earth. But the end of evangelicalism as we know it is close. {Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold -MT 24:12}

His reasoning can be found at the Christian Science Monitor article (H/T: Headline thingy at Hot Air), or the author’s blog Internet Monk.

For further consideration, let me suggest reading Philip Jenkins’ “The Lost History of Christianity“, which documents such utter destruction of the once-flourishing church in the Middle East that Christianity – BORN in the Middle East – is now mostly considered a Western heresy.

The happy thought amid the sobering prediction: “At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.”

Yes!!  Come Lord Jesus!

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5 Responses to “Predictions”

  1. Mark said

    Hi thanks for a great post. I’ll be back 🙂

  2. The truly evangelistic churches I know — the ones which give all the glory to our Lord Jesus and offer comprehensive Bible studies — are flourishing.

    As I see it, too many of the so-called evangelistic churches became cultlike, with too much veneration of their pastors and not enough emphasis on Biblical principles.

    As for the young generation, they are being spiritually poisoned in the public schools. The poison is continued by the media to which the young are inexorably drawn.

  3. Godefroi said

    Pastor worship – along with laziness – was the root of the demise of the last church my family attended. We were without a paid pastor for not quite two years. Too many pew-warmers led to the hiring of someone who was not right, and in our opinion not needed.

    As members of one body, we are ALL expected to contribute. “Do not come to the altar empty-handed”.

    We’re now doing “church” at home with a couple of other families. I found the author’s note that house-churches would become more common quite interesting. I’ve found that to be true in many places.

    I also couldn’t agree more about the problem of public education. Our own experiences were very influential on our decision to home-school our children.

    Thanks for the comments.

    God Bless,
    ~GdB

  4. Godefroi said

    OK, that was weird…my own comment just disappeared.

  5. Godefroi said

    And now it’s back.

    Ahem.

    Anyway, I wanted to get your thoughts on the following regarding “flourishing” churches.

    Pastor Bill Hybels of the world-renowned Willow Creek Church recently concluded that his church has failed to shape fully mature disciples of Jesus. Isn’t it enough that Willow Creek hauls in 20,000 souls each week, many of whom never before darkened the doorstep of any church? Not really, to hear Hybels tell it. While it has attracted so many into its fellowship, the church discovered it has not turned them into what he calls “self-feeders”—people who regularly read their Bibles and pray on their own. The majority of those who enjoy Willow Creek’s services and programs remain dependent on them for their spiritual growth.

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