Skip to comments.How To Shrink Your Church In One Easy Step
Posted on 08/24/2014 12:21:56 PM PDT by ReformationFan
By now, weve all heard the refrain that U.S. churches need liberalize their teachings on sexuality and homosexuality or rapidly decline. The logic behind the argument is simple: more and more Americans are embracing homosexuality and same-sex marriage, including growing numbers of religious Millennials. So long as churches remain the face of opposition to gay marriage, those churches will shrink into irrelevancy when gay marriage (inevitably, we are told) becomes a settled political issue.
These arguments often see church acceptance of homosexuality as a carrot as well as a stick. It isnt so much that denouncing homosexuality will drive people away from church, but that embracing it will also lead people into church. LGBT individuals and their supporters, many of whom hold a dim view of religion after a decades-long culture war, will reconsider church if denominations remove their restrictions on gay marriage and ordination.
But a number of Christian denominations have already taken significant steps towards liberalizing their stances on homosexuality and marriage, and the evidence so far seems to indicate that affirming homosexuality is hardly a cure for membership woes. On the contrary, every major American church that has taken steps towards liberalization of sexual issues has seen a steep decline in membership.
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I would rather go to church with 2 others than compromise my beliefs.
Consider that homosexuals are only 1.5% of the US and UK respective populations why would they promote the way they walk in life?
Not so much because of the sexuality and homosexuality issues...
The pastor never preached against these issues...or for them...probably concerned he would offend some members...
We left because of the milquetoast preaching...
“churches need liberalize their teachings on sexuality ...”
No way... Yahweh....
Refuse to obey.
Apparently, we can get people to follow the Bible by rejecting the teachings of the Bible! Liberal logic 101!
I think a lot of people would start going to church again if churches stopped with the shallow platitudes of Cafeteria Christianity. Even the “conservative” churches are far too accommodating to the Sodomites. Churches need to start heeding the words of Scripture (as well as the position of our Founding Fathers) and start advocating for our legal system to begin administering capital punishment against Sodomites.
I cannot understand why anybody would give up their Sunday morning and a bit of their money to attend a church that really doesn’t believe in much of anything. May as well relax, get some work done or whatever.
God doesn’t reject homosexuals but the sin of it. To teach homosexuality as an accepted Biblical doctrine is pure heresy with a steep penalty to pay.
Exactly. If they want liberalism on a Sunday morning all they have to do is stay home and watch television. It’s cheaper and requires less effort.
I hope you two find a church with good strong Biblically orthodox preaching.
I had a family member leave a Presbyterian USA congregation because they never bothered to actually talk about the Bible. The last straw for her was when the minister decided to read a poem a lady wrote about her dead cat in front the congregation, all while relying less on God’s written Word and more on feelings.
Any congregation which uses its hymnbook more than its Bible shall surely be cast into the Lake of Fire.
While the gay/lesbian population is 02.5% of the U.S. population, they press their agenda on traditonal conservative institutions, including Churches.
Just because the gay / lesbian agenda has been legitimized by this administration , doesn't make it right; remember, Prohibition was legally reversed.
Also ,but most importantly, religious Christians believe that God's Word is eternal, and does not bend to the whimsey of curent 'popular' agenda.
Does a significant number of the population even still go to a church? I stopped going years ago for personal reasons, and it was also rather monotonous/boring anyway. It would be great if one could go and just listen to a message for an hour, but there’s all of the socializing, handshaking, and singing that I don’t care for.
Churches would probably do themselves some good by streaming their sermons online. Offerings can be done via paypal, ect. Unfortunately, in today’s world of stagnant wages and people working around the clock, Sunday is no longer a ‘day of rest’ for many people. If churches are going to survive, they’re gonna have to adapt.
We have...we had been going to Calvary Chapels for over 25 years until our last move...12 years ago..
When we moved we looked for the closet CC and the pastor there was a former youth minister and I understand a really good one, except he seemed to be stuck in that youth minister mold when he took over the pulpit...took only a few weeks of that, to drive me away..
Just found out he left a few years ago and a asst. pastor from another CC I know personally took over...
Jeremiah, Elijah and others found sound preaching does not always result in growth. Likewise heretical teaching does not always mean shrinkage.
All we can do is tell others what we know to be true.
A considerably larger percentage is compromised by, or in bondage to, pornography, which clouds and crosses natural sexual boundaries. Contemporary culture is ripe for judgement lest Sodom and Gommorah have their verdicts overturned on appeal as unscriptural.
Hmmm, sounds a lot like Sharia law; no thanks; I don't trust churches or governments to legislate the Scriptures in righteousness.
He put another parable before them, saying, The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds? He said to them, An enemy has done this. So the servants said to him, Then do you want us to go and gather them? But he said, No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.
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