Liberals Bleeding to Death

I can’t remember how I found this report, but I did. The writer makes some plain statements about how the mainline denominations in the US are bleeding to death under the evil of liberalism.

When a church doesn’t take itself seriously, neither do its members. Itis hard to believe that as recently as 1960, members of mainlinechurches ā€” Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Methodists, Lutherans and thelike ā€” accounted for 40% of all American Protestants. Today, it’s morelike 12% (17 million out of 135 million). Some of the precipitousdecline is due to lower birthrates among the generally blue-statemainliners, but it also is clear that millions of mainline adherents(and especially their children) have simply walked out of the pewsnever to return. According to the Hartford Institute for ReligiousResearch, in 1965, there were 3.4 million Episcopalians; now, there are2.3 million. The number of Presbyterians fell from 4.3 million in 1965to 2.5 million today. Compare that with 16 million members reported bythe Southern Baptists

When your religion says “whatever” on doctrinal matters, regards Jesus as just another wiseteacher, refuses on principle to evangelize and lets you do pretty muchwhat you want, it’s a short step to deciding that one of the things youdon’t want to do is get up on Sunday morning and go to church.

The same could be said of the UK, I’m sure. What amazes me is that liberals themselves cannot seems to see the reality of the second quoted paragraph and doggedly persist in their nonsense. They really are the blind leaders of the blind.

Read the whole thing.

Liberals Bleeding to Death

4 thoughts on “Liberals Bleeding to Death

  1. Donnahttp://heirofgrace.com says:

    Stephen, my parents and family left the Presbyterian Church, as did many of their friends, when the Powers that Be decided to allow homosexuals into leadership. The decline doesn’t surprise me a bit. Very sad, really.

  2. jene' says:

    Keep in mind that the Baptists don’t do math well. I live in a town with a Baptist church which boasts of membership of 22,000. Their average attendance of a Sunday morning is 4,000.

  3. Dan B. says:

    Stephen,
    In the Baptist camp as well, I can concur on the Southern Baptists being very bad about keeping folks “on the rolls” (of membership) who don’t attend regularly or even at all. Reformed Baptists and other Baptists have tried to call attention to this problem, but are met with scorn most times.

    In fact, do you know what the resolution was before the SBC (Southern Baptist Convention) just this past month? One that dealt with abstaining from alcohol, rather than having it in moderation. People have convictions on both sides, but if they do not pay attention to more important matters of theology, the Baptists too will go the way of other liberal denominations here in the States.

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