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We are on the verge – within 10 years – of a major collapse of evangelical Christianity. This breakdown will follow the deterioration of the mainline Protestant world and it will fundamentally alter the religious and cultural environment in the West.
Within two generations, evangelicalism will be a house deserted of half its occupants. (Between 25 and 35 percent of Americans today are Evangelicals.) In the "Protestant" 20th century, Evangelicals flourished. But they will soon be living in a very secular and religiously antagonistic 21st century.
This collapse will herald the arrival of an anti-Christian chapter of the post-Christian West. Intolerance of Christianity will rise to levels many of us have not believed possible in our lifetimes, and public policy will become hostile toward evangelical Christianity, seeing it as the opponent of the common good.
Millions of Evangelicals will quit. Thousands of ministries will end. Christian media will be reduced, if not eliminated. Many Christian schools will go into rapid decline. I'm convinced the grace and mission of God will reach to the ends of the earth. But the end of evangelicalism as we know it is close.
Why is this going to happen?
1. Evangelicals have identified their movement with the culture war and with political conservatism. This will prove to be a very costly mistake.
2. We Evangelicals have failed to pass on to our young people an orthodox form of faith that can take root and survive the secular onslaught.
3. There are three kinds of evangelical churches today: consumer-driven megachurches, dying churches, and new churches whose future is fragile.
4. Despite some very successful developments in the past 25 years, Christian education has not produced a product that can withstand the rising tide of secularism.
5. The confrontation between cultural secularism and the faith at the core of evangelical efforts to "do good" is rapidly approaching.
6. Even in areas where Evangelicals imagine themselves strong (like the Bible Belt), we will find a great inability to pass on to our children a vital evangelical confidence in the Bible and the importance of the faith.
7. The money will dry up.
Originally posted by johnsky
As if Christianity would do us such a favor as to simply fade away without a struggle. No, I highly doubt the Christians are going anywhere.
The ultimate truth is,
Some people simply can't function without something to believe in...
they just can't face the fact that there is no ultimate plan for them,
that they're no more special than the ant they just stepped on,
And besides, what fun would the world be if they weren't around to torment?
All there would be left to do is... make peace.
Originally posted by seagull
What a shame the the vast majority of christians are not evangelical, at least not the bible thumping variety. I have little, to no, use for most organized religion. But that's me. If people want there religion with all the trappings and trimmings, hey that's their business, and they are more than welcome to it.
Like all movements, religion is cyclical...what's popular today isn't tommorrow. Doesn't neccesarily mean it's doomed to death.
Religions in general are a search for ultimate truth. Religion doesn't promote war, or genocide or any of the other complaints against it. Only the men and women within the religion do that. As with a wheat harvest, you have chaff amongst the grains. Grains are truth, you discard the rest...None of them are intrinicly evil, they are what the people within them are, nothing more, nothing less.
Do away with religion, you'll still have all the conflict, just differing reasons for it. Nothing will have changed. Yet, religion, or the people in it, have been saints as well as sinners. Those of you who would have religion done away with, would do well to remember the good as well as the bad.