„Want to know why people are really leaving the church? Being on the other side of the Exodus stinks, don’t it?
I see the panic on your face, Church.
I know the internal terror as you see the statistics and hear the stories and scan the exit polls.
I see you desperately scrambling to do damage control for the fence-sitters, and manufacture passion from the shrinking faithful, and I want to help you.
You may think you know why people are leaving you, but I’m not sure you do.
You think it’s because “the culture” is so lost, so perverse, so beyond help that they are all walking away.
You believe that they’ve turned a deaf ear to the voice of God; chasing money, and sex, and material things.
You think that the gays and the Muslims and the Atheists and the pop stars have so screwed up the morality of the world that everyone is abandoning faith in droves
They aren’t the problem, Church.
You are the problem.
Let me elaborate in five ways …”
1. Your Sunday productions have worn thin.
2. You speak in a foreign tongue.
3. Your vision can’t see past your building.
4. You choose lousy battles.
5. Your love doesn’t look like love.
„Mă prezint. Sunt un tânăr de 21 de ani, născut și crescut într-o familie de creștini. De mic copil am fost dus la biserică, am fost în tabere de tineret, am participat la concerte creștine, etc. De când am ajuns un adolescent și până în prezent, mulți din prietenii mei au decis să se îndepărteze. Tineri pe care i-am cunoscut dintotdeauna abandonau biserica. M-am întristat nespus pentru că aproape nu mai rămâneau tineri în biserica noastră. O întreagă generație pierdută.
„I feel that most pastors and churches would agree that there continues to be a deep need for a spiritual revival in our churches today. We need to decide, as pastors and churches, to deal honestly with God’s desires for us to give our full allegiance to Him. Until we surrender to Him fully, we will have little to no prospect of a revival in our hearts, limited to no stirring of the Spirit in our churches, and little to no spiritual awakening in our land. True revival is nothing less and nothing more than the manifest presence of God in our lives. It is when Jesus is free to be who He wants to be in, through, and around us. A surrendered pastor and a surrendered church will experience spiritual revival, especially when both are surrendered at the same time…”Read more >>
„…The focus here is on evangelicalism for three reasons: we are often the most outspoken regarding the ills of culture; we seek to base our worldview on the Bible, and have passion for the application of biblical values in society; we have enough influence remaining to have tilted the voting balance in a presidential election.
But what if we are actually contributing to the problem?
Christopher Dawson wrote that Christianity is the soul of Western civilization. In a human, the „soul” is the psuche, or „psyche,” according to the Greek New Testament. It is the organ of self-awareness and identity, thought, emotion, and volition.
In a living person, if the mind gets confused, emotional instability takes over, and erratic, destructive choices become the pattern. Such symptoms suggest the individual is having a nervous breakdown, or going insane.
Western culture is having a breakdown because the Western „soul” is losing its equilibrium. Consider just three symptoms of many currently evident among churches, Christian organizations and movements in one big chunk of the West, the United States…”