Like Yogi Berra said, predictions are hard, especially about the future. For the Colson Center, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.
In the famous last words department: Soviet Premier Nikita Kruschev famously told Western diplomats at the peak of the Cold War, “History is on our side. We will bury you.”
Well, how’d that work out?
I was reminded of these words by an article about the decline of liberal churches, in which was noted that it was nearly 20 years ago Episcopal bishop John Shelby Spong released his much-heralded book “Why Christianity Must Change or Die.”
Spong urged Christians to ditch the ancient creeds, not worry about the resurrection of Christ, and embrace the sexual revolution. Otherwise, the church would die.
How’s that working out? A year after he wrote his book, the Episcopal Church claimed just shy of 2.5 million members. Today it’s 1.7 and falling. That trend holds for other theologically liberal denominations, too.
Meanwhile, growth in churches that hold to creeds and the Truths of the faith is solid—and in some parts of the globe, explosive.
Change? No. Repent? Yes. Always.