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By Virgil - Posted on 10 March 2009

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.

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Mick's picture

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. Ironically, the billions of dollars we've spent on youth ministers, Christian music, publishing, and media has produced a culture of young Christians who know next to nothing about their own faith except how they feel about it. Our young people have deep beliefs about the culture war, but do not know why they should obey scripture, the essentials of theology, or the experience of spiritual discipline and community. Coming generations of Christians are going to be monumentally ignorant and unprepared for culture-wide pressures./

This is related to my comments on my blog here:

Mickey E. Denen

Islamaphobe's picture

But since there is such profound ignorance, there are also great opportunities for teaching, and the fact that the world has entered a great crisis that is fundamentally spiritual in nature means that great numbers of people should be open to what Christianity has to offer if ways can be found to reach them. Let us hope that preterism can find a path to breaking in to the consciousness of the mainstream media.

John S. Evans

JulieUnplugged's picture

I think this development is exciting and necessary. New wine skins. Time to embrace the shift. Young people don't need us to teach them what we thought was true. They need to find it out (just like we did when we broke with our parents and went to the churches that gave us life). And I have every confidence they will, that many of our age group will think they are off course, and naturally, they will bring a breakthrough insight we can't even see yet. Can't wait. That seems to be how the Spirit does it.

Virgil's picture

Julie, you got that right and our cohort conversation really covered a lot of this last weekend. I do believe it is the spirit moving a new generation of people who are desperately searching for their place in history and among God's people.

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