Saturday, November 08, 2008

I've been working an awful lot of hours and have not had much of a chance to read very much. But I did read a little bit and the most striking thing that I've read recently is an article in First Things titled The Death of Protestant America: A Political Theory of the Protestant Mainline. The article discusses the decline of the once culturally dominant "mainline" Protestant churches such as the Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Methodists, Lutherans, etc...

The older, larger versions of these churches long ago went "liberal" theologically. They preach a social gospel and they long ago gave up on preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Because they have abandoned the faith on which they were founded, millions of Americans have left their ranks for Churches that still promote Biblical Christiansity or left the Christian faith for non-faith or cults. These mainline churches have been hemorrhaging members for decades.

While they make the news when ordaining an active homosexual to the office of bishop, or debating "gay marriage" they have lost the cultural clout that they once had in this land. Today they are just shrill voices on the far left.

I know there are many solid Christian people in those denominations, who have been fighting the liberal drift and working to restore the biblical foundations of those once great denominations. I pray for these Christian. And my heart goes out to them, but I will not weep when these mostly apostate churches disapear completely.

It is sad, but so many of them have ceased to be Churches of Christ they have lost there reason to exist at all.

Coram Deo,

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