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Cookie_Parker

Since: Sep 08

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#1 Oct 17, 2013
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steve-mcswain/w...

"Clearly, the Church is dying. Do your research, Mr. Stetzer. According to the Hartford Institute of Religion Research, more than 40 percent of Americans "say" they go to church weekly. As it turns out, however, less than 20 percent are actually in church. In other words, more than 80 percent of Americans are finding more fulfilling things to do on weekends.

Furthermore, somewhere between 4,000 and 7,000 churches close their doors every year. Southern Baptist researcher, Thom Rainer, in a recent article entitled "13 Issues for Churches in 2013" puts the estimate higher. He says between 8,000 and 10,000 churches will likely close this year.

Between the years 2010 and 2012, more than half of all churches in America added not one new member. Each year, nearly 3 million more previous churchgoers enter the ranks of the "religiously unaffiliated.""

In the article, there are some plausible reasons for what is called "transitions" being made in churches.

"3. Leadership Crisis

Enough has been written about this in the past. But you can be sure, clergy abuse, the cover-up by the Church, and fundamentalist preachers and congregations have been driving people away from the Church, and continue to drive people away, faster than any other causes combined.

4. Competition

People have more choices on weekends than simply going to church. Further, the feelings of shame and guilt many people used to feel and church leaders used to promote for not attending church every week is gone.

There are still those, however, who want to categorize Christians as an explanation for the church's decline in attendance in a futile effort to make things not look so bad. But this, too, is the illusion that many church leaders and denominational executives are perpetrating but nobody is paying attention. They are just too blind to see that."

It's a good article.

Do you believe it makes a valid case from its premise? Do you think declining Church attendance has a reason other than what the writer does?

“Wear white at night.”

Since: Jun 09

Albuquerque

#2 Oct 17, 2013
Cookie_Parker wrote:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ steve-mcswain/why-nobody-wants -to-go-to_b_4086016.html?ir=Re ligion
"Clearly, the Church is dying. Do your research, Mr. Stetzer. According to the Hartford Institute of Religion Research, more than 40 percent of Americans "say" they go to church weekly. As it turns out, however, less than 20 percent are actually in church. In other words, more than 80 percent of Americans are finding more fulfilling things to do on weekends.
Furthermore, somewhere between 4,000 and 7,000 churches close their doors every year. Southern Baptist researcher, Thom Rainer, in a recent article entitled "13 Issues for Churches in 2013" puts the estimate higher. He says between 8,000 and 10,000 churches will likely close this year.
Between the years 2010 and 2012, more than half of all churches in America added not one new member. Each year, nearly 3 million more previous churchgoers enter the ranks of the "religiously unaffiliated.""
In the article, there are some plausible reasons for what is called "transitions" being made in churches.
"3. Leadership Crisis
Enough has been written about this in the past. But you can be sure, clergy abuse, the cover-up by the Church, and fundamentalist preachers and congregations have been driving people away from the Church, and continue to drive people away, faster than any other causes combined.
4. Competition
People have more choices on weekends than simply going to church. Further, the feelings of shame and guilt many people used to feel and church leaders used to promote for not attending church every week is gone.
There are still those, however, who want to categorize Christians as an explanation for the church's decline in attendance in a futile effort to make things not look so bad. But this, too, is the illusion that many church leaders and denominational executives are perpetrating but nobody is paying attention. They are just too blind to see that."
It's a good article.
Do you believe it makes a valid case from its premise? Do you think declining Church attendance has a reason other than what the writer does?
People probably quit going to church because they have to turn off the cell phones in church.

“Still Politically Incorrect”

Since: Feb 10

And Damn Proud Of It Too

#3 Oct 17, 2013
That's an interesting article,however,if you drop all the techno gibberish,scientific equations and political correctness of it and get to the very root of the problem you will find even far more truer reasons why such as...

The church is corrupt in so many ways and its mainly driven by two factors of which are consisted of greed & delusions of godhood.

“theholychristian church.com”

Since: Jun 10

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#4 Oct 17, 2013
Because people find out that the churches today are a bunch of sects fooling the idiots who boldly refuse to read the truth!

http://www.theholychristianchurch.com

“Wear white at night.”

Since: Jun 09

Albuquerque

#5 Oct 17, 2013
Cliff09 wrote:
Because people find out that the churches today are a bunch of sects fooling the idiots who boldly refuse to read the truth!
http://www.theholychristianchurch.com
That is so stupid. If anything, it's people like you insisting that Christianity must be exclusive of anyone not adhering to your pathetic interpretations of 'truth'. How many fundies do you suppose there are in the forum insisting that all denominations are pathetic cesspools or calling anyone that knows Noah's Flood never happened an atheist? I'll tell you what. Fundies are loudmouthed idiots with whom no rational being would want to be associated.
Smell the Coffee

Akron, OH

#6 Oct 17, 2013
15th Dalai Lama wrote:
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That is so stupid. If anything, it's people like you insisting that Christianity must be exclusive of anyone not adhering to your pathetic interpretations of 'truth'. How many fundies do you suppose there are in the forum insisting that all denominations are pathetic cesspools or calling anyone that knows Noah's Flood never happened an atheist? I'll tell you what. Fundies are loudmouthed idiots with whom no rational being would want to be associated.
Most fundies are carriers of the hillbilly gene.........LOL.....with one of the symptoms of being stupid.

Cookie_Parker

Since: Sep 08

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#7 Oct 17, 2013
15th Dalai Lama wrote:
<quoted text>
People probably quit going to church because they have to turn off the cell phones in church.
Sadly, that sounds so very true. For some reason, we sure have a lot of people addicted to their cell phones.

Cookie_Parker

Since: Sep 08

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#8 Oct 17, 2013
Gary Coaldigger wrote:
That's an interesting article,however,if you drop all the techno gibberish,scientific equations and political correctness of it and get to the very root of the problem you will find even far more truer reasons why such as...
The church is corrupt in so many ways and its mainly driven by two factors of which are consisted of greed & delusions of godhood.
Some certainly are. Then again, we agree there are those churches who lead the masses in the word of Christ and strive to help the poor and least of these...thank heaven for them.

Since: Oct 07

Edinburgh, UK

#9 Oct 17, 2013
Acts 17:24
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

24 God that made the world and all things therein,
seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth,
dwelleth not in temples made with hands;

Since: Oct 07

Edinburgh, UK

#10 Oct 17, 2013
Jeremiah 31:33-35

Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

33 but this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel;
After those days,
saith the Lord,
I will put my law in their inward parts,
and write it in their hearts;
and will be their God,
and they shall be my people.

34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour,
and every man his brother,
saying,
Know the Lord: for they shall all know me,
from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

35 Thus saith the Lord,
which giveth the sun for a light by day,
and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night,
which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The Lord of hosts is his name:

“Wear white at night.”

Since: Jun 09

Albuquerque

#11 Oct 17, 2013
Cookie_Parker wrote:
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Sadly, that sounds so very true. For some reason, we sure have a lot of people addicted to their cell phones.
Angelina is one of the singers on Sunday and her job is to remind the people not to be chewing gum and turn off their cell phones. Sadly, Sunday before last, her cell phone when off during the consecration.

As an aside, Padre is often absent for cancer treatments in Mexico City so a while we had a substitute priest, a Black man, and the musicians went all out to make him feel welcome, as well as the congregation. He remarked that the music reminded him of his Black Southern tradition and I pointed out that the 'Amen' arraignment was from 'Lilies of the Field', Sidney Poitier.

Now they play that arraignment almost all the time so I started throwing in 'Aleluya' which shows up about two minutes into the video and now the tenor does too. It's a nice touch.
--


God bless you.

“Jesus=only way into Heaven”

Since: Nov 12

saved by grace through faith

#12 Oct 17, 2013
"Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore"

Well the Word of God says not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together. Christians really ought to be involved in a good old fashioned soul winning Bible Believing, Bible Preaching church. I'm aware that some people have to work Sundays but most churches have more than 1 service throughout the week. Even a home Bible Study with a few other Christians would easily suffice if need be. Most early New Testament churches were out of people's homes.

Hebrews 10:25- Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
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I suppose the real answer to the question is the falling away as prophesied in the Word of God (1 Tim 4:1-3, 2 Thessalonians 2:3, 2 Tim 4:3-4).

Old Fashioned Bible Believing churches are dropping in numbers, as the fake Christians leave to go a-whoring after fluff-ball feel good "preaching" churches with modern New Age Contemporary "Christian" music or just leave so they can sleep in late on Sunday mornings.

You even have some churches out there ordaining women and divorced/remarried people. Yes, there are actually churches with women pastors and/or divorced/remarried pastors, God forbid! They'd rather obey their man-made idea than to obey God's Holy Word.

Churches are caring more about their own wealth and social status than being obedient to Christ and winning souls and helping the less fortunate. O Laodicean church, Jesus will puke you out!

The Catholics and Protestants have splintered into thousands and thousands of different denominations and Bible-twisting sects and man-made doctrines of demons.

The Christian church is an absolute disaster, come quickly Jesus, come quickly!

"When the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?"

“Jesus=only way into Heaven”

Since: Nov 12

saved by grace through faith

#13 Oct 17, 2013
But the most important thing of all is whether a person knows that Heaven will be their home when they die.

Question: "How can I know for sure that I will go to Heaven when I die?"
Answer: http://www.gotquestions.org/know-sure-Heaven....

A simple but straightforward illustration of the gospel message.
http://img.forministry.com/3/33/33C4F85F-9679...

“Wear white at night.”

Since: Jun 09

Albuquerque

#14 Oct 17, 2013
Romans Road wrote:
"Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore"
Well the Word of God says not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together. Christians really ought to be involved in a good old fashioned soul winning Bible Believing, Bible Preaching church. I'm aware that some people have to work Sundays but most churches have more than 1 service throughout the week. Even a home Bible Study with a few other Christians would easily suffice if need be. Most early New Testament churches were out of people's homes.
Hebrews 10:25- Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
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I suppose the real answer to the question is the falling away as prophesied in the Word of God (1 Tim 4:1-3, 2 Thessalonians 2:3, 2 Tim 4:3-4).
Old Fashioned Bible Believing churches are dropping in numbers, as the fake Christians leave to go a-whoring after fluff-ball feel good "preaching" churches with modern New Age Contemporary "Christian" music or just leave so they can sleep in late on Sunday mornings.
You even have some churches out there ordaining women and divorced/remarried people. Yes, there are actually churches with women pastors and/or divorced/remarried pastors, God forbid! They'd rather obey their man-made idea than to obey God's Holy Word.
Churches are caring more about their own wealth and social status than being obedient to Christ and winning souls and helping the less fortunate. O Laodicean church, Jesus will puke you out!
The Catholics and Protestants have splintered into thousands and thousands of different denominations and Bible-twisting sects and man-made doctrines of demons.
The Christian church is an absolute disaster, come quickly Jesus, come quickly!
"When the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?"
Nobody wants to be around arrogant, self-centered, pontificating blowhards like you. That's why your converted Seven-Elevens and garages are closing their doors left and right.

“Wear white at night.”

Since: Jun 09

Albuquerque

#15 Oct 17, 2013
Romans Road wrote:
"Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore"
Well the Word of God says not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together. Christians really ought to be involved in a good old fashioned soul winning Bible Believing, Bible Preaching church. I'm aware that some people have to work Sundays but most churches have more than 1 service throughout the week. Even a home Bible Study with a few other Christians would easily suffice if need be. Most early New Testament churches were out of people's homes.
Hebrews 10:25- Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
----------
I suppose the real answer to the question is the falling away as prophesied in the Word of God (1 Tim 4:1-3, 2 Thessalonians 2:3, 2 Tim 4:3-4).
Old Fashioned Bible Believing churches are dropping in numbers, as the fake Christians leave to go a-whoring after fluff-ball feel good "preaching" churches with modern New Age Contemporary "Christian" music or just leave so they can sleep in late on Sunday mornings.
You even have some churches out there ordaining women and divorced/remarried people. Yes, there are actually churches with women pastors and/or divorced/remarried pastors, God forbid! They'd rather obey their man-made idea than to obey God's Holy Word.
Churches are caring more about their own wealth and social status than being obedient to Christ and winning souls and helping the less fortunate. O Laodicean church, Jesus will puke you out!
The Catholics and Protestants have splintered into thousands and thousands of different denominations and Bible-twisting sects and man-made doctrines of demons.
The Christian church is an absolute disaster, come quickly Jesus, come quickly!
"When the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?"
You're a liar. The Catholic Church is One Church. You fake protestants are the ones who can't find your own butts with two hands and a map. With sixty-eight million adherents in the United States today, that number is expected to grow to one hundred million by 2040 while your made-up Christianity will be nothing but a vague memory. Smoke on your pipe and put that in.
Jesus Is

Kirribilli, Australia

#16 Oct 18, 2013
People not wanting to go to my church:
http://ts3.mm.bing.net/th...

“Wear white at night.”

Since: Jun 09

Albuquerque

#19 Oct 18, 2013
Jesus Is wrote:
People not wanting to go to my church:
http://ts3.mm.bing.net/th...
The Romans called that 'Bread and Circuses'.
--(from Latin: panem et circenses)

The Christians called it 'Feeding the Christians to the Lions'.
--(from Latin: Damnatio ad bestias)
nc resident

Charlotte, NC

#20 Oct 18, 2013
Churches are closing du to financial situations. attendance being down is due to change in culture. The elimination of blue laws, organized children sports, divorce and drug epidemic are just some of the causes. Personally I believe those who attend church choose to go to nurture their faith more than out of expectation. So many hater of those who choose a god centered lifestyle. Celebrating the closing of someone's church regardless of your own philosophical/political beliefs shows your own intolerance.
Jesus Is

Kirribilli, Australia

#21 Oct 18, 2013
PEOPLE NOT WANTING TO GO TO CHURCH?: http://www.bing.com/images/search...
Jesus Is

Kirribilli, Australia

#22 Oct 18, 2013
HILLSONG CHURH NEW YORK:
http://www.bing.com/images/search...

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