” The most pervasive and common thread of our autopsies was that the deceased churches lived for a long time with the past as hero. They held on more tightly with each progressive year. They often clung to things of the past with desperation and fear. And when any internal or external force tried to change the past, they responded with anger and resolution :” We will die before we change.”
And they did.
Hear me clearly : these churches were not hanging on to biblical truths.”
Thom S. Rainer – Autopsy of a Deceased Church: 12 Ways to Keep Yours Alive, p.18