Mounting disillusionment and shrinking membership seem common place in Evangelical churches. Millennials are seeking a different “religious experience”. Sources disagree but many researchers consider adults born between 1978 and 2004 as Milennials.
In an article written by Chelsen Vicari in Charisma Magazine, “The ‘feel-good’ doctrine is playing a big part in America’s moral decline. Millennials’ ‘religious practices’,” the magazine claims, ” depend largely on how the actions and messages and programs make them feel.”
“We only attend churches that leave us feeling good about our lifestyle choices, even if those choices conflict with God’s clear commandments,” one Millennial said. “We dismiss old hymns that focus on God’s transforming salvation, love and mercy and opt for “Jesus is your boyfriend” songs.
The response of the Millennials to the Church is a symptom of the Church falling away from Biblical truth.
The Church may continue to lose membership. More feel-good churches may gain ground and influence more folks to fall away from traditional, Evangelical, Bible-believing churches. Bright and shiny, mediocre Christianity may replace some “old fashioned” conservative evangelicalism.
But as authentic followers of Jesus Christs we have this hope. God is still on the throne. His Church will prevail. Jesus will reign. He is THE way, THE truth and THE life. He is building His church on solid rock and the gates of hell will never prevail against it.
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Steven, keep doing what you are doing. I know the purpose of this blog, I know you have had people respond both positively and negatively to different posts. In each instance though, it has brought about a discussion, a learning experience, and a teaching opportunity. I think you are fulfilling the purpose you set forth.
It’s not just the Millennials … but also the error of the church in what is oftentimes being presented … and it was foretold … ‘For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.’ 2 Timothy 4:3-4 This post is an insightful reminder Steven … thanks brother!
“The Church” of Jesus, that is his true “body” or “bride” is made up of “disciples” who are faithfully “following” and “serving” him. It is only some “feel good” congregations and individuals who are following this “world’s” leaders down the “broad way” that leads to their “destruction”. And you can tell the difference by their “fruit”.
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Bob, great summation. I like your thought that those “feel-good” churches are leading folks down the broad road of “destruction. How very true. Thanks for your interest and great comment.
Steven, What is the Spirit of the Lord producing in your life and the ministry of your blog? You have previously indicated that you had a particular purpose and focus for your blog and each of your posts. How is God enabling you to implement that purpose in what you are writing? I have a particular purpose and focus for my blog and website, which is also to glorify God and proclaim the gospel, so I understand the challenge of your vision. I invite you to take a look at my statement regarding “Discipleship” on my website. I think that it addresses the challenge of what we are both concerned about in much of what we are writing. You can find it here: http://www.christianityetc.org/discipleship.php . I would also urge you to check out the latest post on my blog regarding the matter of “Amazing love”. You can find it here: http://www.christianityetc.org/blog/amazing-love.
Thank you, Bob. It is almost midnight here and I’m wrapping up my posts for tomorrow. But I really look forward to reading your discipleship statement. I’ll get back to you after I read it. Thanks for sharing it with me. God bless.
I read several of your posts. the one on the trinity was a bit circular in thinking. I also noticed you have no place for people to respond besides sending a message to the webmaster. Unless i missed something somewhere.
Suze, maybe it was me who missed something. At the bottom of the post you’re speaking of I see the window giving readers the chance to leave comments. Is that window not on your screen? Please let me know. I want to make sure readers always have an opportunity to leave comments on my posts. Thank you.