Last Gasps of the United Methodist Church
American culture is sick, and the reason is that so many of our churches are.
Death and decay are rampant in our culture because churches have been unable or unwilling to confront them. They fail or refuse to bring salt and light to the world around them.
The United Methodist Church is one such example.
Perhaps you’ve seen the television ads that ask you to “rethink church.” “Church can happen anywhere,“ they say. The United Methodist Church’s “Rethink Church” campaign is the latest attempt by the UMC to slow the 48-year membership hemorrhage.
Since the unification of Methodist and United Evangelical Brethren churches in 1968, membership has tumbled from 11 million to 7.7 million people even though the population of the country has climbed 60% over the same period. Some may be tempted to think, “Yeah, but that’s due to the secularization of our culture. Church membership is down everywhere.” Not so.
The truth is that the percentage of Americans that attend churches regularly is about 50% of the U.S. population, where it has been for the past 50 years. The more conservative Evangelical churches, and mostly conservative non-denominational churches are seeing their memberships explode.
An interesting trend has occurred over the past 40 years, and it continues to this day. Mainline denominations like the United Methodist Church, Presbyterian Church USA, the Episcopal Church, and the United Church of Christ, have made their churches less judgmental and more sin-friendly to the point that the path to salvation, and indeed, even the need for it, are no longer mentioned.
After all, to suggest that anyone needs salvation implies that some might be helplessly lost, without God and without hope, and that is anathema to the holiness-hating humanistic liberal mindset.
The trouble is that our culture has now become so corrupt, chaotic and depraved that many people are looking for something to help them to make sense of the current timessome way to escape the insanity and emptiness of the purposeless existence that did not and cannot satisfy them. When they come in search of answers, they do not find them in mainline churches.
Mainline denominations have forfeited the gospel and its power in order to gain members and the approval of the secular world. As a result, they have become so much like the world, embracing every form of liberal extremism and every fashion of depravity, that they can now offer nothing to the man or woman who is looking for truth, deliverance from sin, a personal relationship with God, and real peace.
With its “Rethink Church” campaign, the United Methodist Church is attempting to use the world’s methods and apply them to a spiritual problem, and that is why this misguided effort is doomed to fail. Evangelism is not simply advertising the gospel in order to make a sale.
Evangelism is testifying to, and demonstrating the power of God through radically transformed lives.
The Church cannot transform the world, by becoming like the world.
But because of the obscene leftist bent of the UMC and other mainline churches that neither require nor encourage repentance from sin, personal growth and sanctification, an abundance of changed lives is not something that United Methodists can readily reveal. I know because I was one of them.
The UMC is holding its state conferences this month, and during this year’s conferences, the churches will decide whom they will send to the 2016 national conference in Portland, Oregon. In 2016, United Methodists will decide whether or not to endorse same-sex marriage, and whether or not to eliminate their insipid official statement that “homosexuality is inconsistent with Christian teaching.”
Because of this, lesbians and buggers will attempt to pack the conference with pro-degenerate delegates. No one dares to ask, “By whose authority do we countermand scripture?” Indeed, scripture is rarely quoted and less often upheld as authoritative in discussions about homosexuality.
We know that we are in the perilous last days, because Paul tells us that people will be lovers of themselves, unholy, proud, blasphemers, despisers of good and having a form of godliness, but denying its power.
This is an accurate description of liberal mainline Christendom today. The Apostle Paul then tells Timothy, “From such, turn away.”
Every drunk in recovery knows that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result each time. But the United Methodist Church believes that by encouraging people to “Rethink Church” it can reverse its 50-year slide of dwindling numbers by pushing further and further to the left and away from God. The right answerthe only solution that will workis to follow the opening word of Christ Jesus’ ministry to Israel, “Repent!”
If the United Methodist Church refuses to stand against the loud and obnoxious hate-filled rants of the homo-fascists, they will die a slow agonizing death into obscurity following every other mainline denomination that has turned its back on God.
No one needs to rethink church, instead, Methodists need to rediscover the power of God in a real relationship with Christ.
There is no victory for the LGBT degenerates in the demise of mainline churches.
Some may be tempted to view these events as tragic losses. That would be a mistake. None of the past or coming church defections has taken God by surprise, and none of them will alter His plan in any way.
These actions are simply hastening the decay of corpses that have been dead or dying for years upon years. In the end we know, Christ is the Victor!
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