This blog originally founded by Blogger who holds a theological degree and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Taught Psychology for 32 years and is now Professor Emeritus. Is a board-certified psychologist and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in his profession. Ministered as a chaplain, and pastored Baptist and Episcopal churches. Publications cover the integration of psychology and theology. Served in the Army, the Merchant Marines and the Peace Corps.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

How to Shrink Your Church in One Easy Step

 
Every major American church that has taken steps towards liberalization on sexual issues has seen a steep decline in membership writes the author. The Federalist

THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH
In 2003, Gene Robinson became the first openly gay, noncelibate man to be consecrated as a bishop of the Episcopal Church. In the wake of his consecration, entire dioceses severed ties with the Episcopal Church. By 2012 average Sunday attendance had fallen 24.4 percent.

THE EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH OF AMERICA

2009 Churchwide Assembly, ordination was extended to gay men and women in "committed monogamous relationships." In addition, the Assembly passed an amendment allowing churches "to recognize, support and hold publicly accountable lifelong, monogamous, same-gender relationships." By the end of 2012, ELCA had lost 12.3 percent of its members in three years—nearly 600,000 people. If the present rate of defections holds steady, ELCA will cease to exist in less than two decades.

THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

The UCC declined rapidly accelerated after the gay marriage vote. Since 2005, UCC has lost 250,000 members, a decline of 20.4 percent over seven years. If the post-2005 rate in membership losses do not taper off, the denomination will cease to exist in 30 years.

THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF AMERICA

Already, the denomination is on track to lose 75,000 members each year through 2020. The Presbyterian Church USA needs money to sustain member losses after their endorsement of same-sex marriage. Once again, if post-2006 trends continue, the denomination will cease to exist by 2037.

What about the orthodox churches? The Renewal churches are growing rapidly. Bible followers like the Southern Baptists are seeing declines, but very small. An example of one new denomination that split from the Episcopal Church over the sexual issues is the Anglican Church of America. It has seen its membership rise by 13 percent and its Sunday attendance rise by 16 percent in the past five years. Since 2009, the ACNA has planted 488 new congregations. In 2012, the entire Episcopal Church managed to plant only four new churches.

14 comments:

Blogger said...

Those people I know left their church because their leaders were playing fast and loose with the Bible. One specific issue may not have been enough to leave but playing loosy goosy with the Bible is perilous. They left their pews to protect their souls.

In 1987, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall delivered a lecture, "The Constitution: A Living Document," in which he argued that the Constitution must be interpreted in light of the moral, political, and cultural climate of the age of interpretation. This so called “progressive” approach today is being used in approaching the Bible.

The arrogance of progressives in thinking their brilliance far exceeds that of those who came before them, knows no bounds. Eventually, they always manage to screw things up.

Anonymous said...

Let's hope the next god forgives the current god.

Anonymous said...

That's what happens when Christianity sells it soul to the homosexual lobby.

I know of nowhere in the Bible where homosexuality is condoned.

Maybe the resident experts can show us chapter and verse where God says it's OK for one man to stick his penis in the rectum of another man.

Anonymous said...

Where does god say it is OK to stick a mans penis?

Reader said...

You are correct, Blogger.

Anonymous said...

Ask Him.

Anonymous said...

Blogger

Is it your position hate and discrimination will improve church attendance?

Anonymous said...

Catholic church loss of attendance:

http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Blog/3184/church_attendance_in_the_us_numbers_and_challenges.aspx

Baptist church loss of attendance"
http://www.religionnews.com/2015/06/16/make-southern-baptists-declining-numbers-commentary/

Atheism growth:
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/11/05/7-facts-about-atheists/

USS Rodger Young said...

Nonymouse coward,

Do you believe it ok for a human to engage in sexual acts with willing animals? After all, acceptance and choosing is the mantra of liberal socialist sheep, right? What about having several wives or husbands, is that ok with liberal socialist sheep? What about willing 17 year olds engaging in coitus with willing teachers? Funny how the hope and change crowd can't seem to answer to the above. The Good Book speaks distinctly about right and wrong. What you call hate and discrimination is a reality you are unable to accept. Ignore it at your own peril!!

USS Rodger Young

USS Rodger Young said...

I see the liberal left doesn't want to touch this one. Typical, they run away when confronted with difficult opines. LOL!! I won.

Anonymous said...

Victorious in falderol!!

Sarkazein said...

What's " falderol"?

USS Rodger Young said...

Looks like the liberal socialist sheep still don't want to touch my post. The lemmings must've all jumped off the cliff!!! LOL!!!

Stings don't it

USS Rodger Young said...

My my, the liberal sheep have fled the field. Conservatives win (again). LOL!!!!!