Liberal leanings chipping away at church membership

Monday, September 2, 2019
 | 
Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

church pewsAn organization that aims to reaffirm the Church's biblical and historical teachings in the face of revisionist challenges is astounded to see the effect liberal interpretation of the Bible has had on membership at oldline Protestant denominations.

In the mid-1960s, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) recorded having more than two million members. But in succeeding decades, the denomination has seen significant drops in membership, with the most recent data showing an 80 percent decline since that time, standing at 382,000 for 2018. 

"This can be seen through their baptism number," explains Jeff Walton of The Institute on Religion & Democracy (IRD). "We know that just between 2017 and 2018 the number of baptisms recorded by the denomination declined by 13 percent. That's very significant. Part of that is a problem because it means that the denomination is figuratively eating the seed corn of its future."

There are faithful people within the denomination, the bulk are extremely liberal folks who tend to conform to the world rather than the Bible.

Walton, Jeff (IRD)"They do not necessarily have the same viewpoint as the Church has historically understood on many issues that currently the Church faces in conflict with the broader American culture," Walton laments. "These include differences on marriage and human sexuality, also on things like the sanctity of human life issues."

That impacts the ability of the Church to minister effectively.

Walton adds that no left-leaning denomination in the United States is experiencing sustained growth on a national level, and he writes that the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is on track to claim the top spot for fastest declining major U.S.-based church last year.

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

FEATURED PODCAST

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

Why is the Democratic establishment so worried that Bernie Sanders may become their nominee?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Worried Democrats rush to slow front-runner Sanders
Dow drops over 1,000 as outbreak threatens global economy
Generational split among SC black voters could hurt Biden
Victims turn to media to expose sex abuse by college doctors
Public memorial service remembers the private Kobe Bryant
US appeals court upholds Trump rules involving abortions
Justices to hear Philly dispute over same-sex foster parents

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos calls out AOC's hypocrisy on school choice
Trump administration asks Congress for $2.5B to combat coronavirus
Liberal Ninth Circuit upholds Trump admin's rules on abortion funding
Greyhound to stop allowing Border Patrol immigration checks on buses
Public school launches secret program to turn kids 'trans' without telling parents

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day
NEXT STORY
Missing in action: Civility in evangelicals' political discourse

angry woman at town hall meetingA survey finds that a majority of evangelicals want civility and unity when it comes to political discourse – but that seems to be in short supply, even within the group that sponsored the survey.