Could the Decline of the Protestant Majority Be a Good Thing For the Kingdom of God?

A new study by the Pew Forum has gained a lot of attention lately. The study found that Protestants are not the majority in the United States of America. The news may come as quite a surprise for some, but many who have been following the trend saw this coming. The question is, should we be worried?

Farewell to the American Protestant Majority

I have really come to enjoy Dr. Moore’s writings on his blog and those published on the Christian Post. When I saw this headline on the CP I was intrigued. As I came to the end of the article I realized that Dr. Moore is correct. The spreading of the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been hindered by the abundance of false Christian beliefs.

Frankly, we should be more concerned about the loss of a Christian majority in the Protestant churches than about the loss of a Protestant majority in the United States
Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/farewell-to-the-american-protestant-majority-83158/#WxQWJu21XCZsiISp.99

Dr. Moore makes an excellent point. We should be more worried about how the church is misrepresenting Jesus than we should be concerned about the decline of those who identify themselves as Christian. If the church is corrupted by false doctrines that spread quickly due to affiliation with churches… the outcome is the same.

Sometimes animists, Buddhists, and body-pierced Starbucks employees are more fertile ground for the gospel than the confirmed Episcopalian at the helm of the Rotary Club. Accordingly, evangelicals will engage the culture much like the apostles did in the first century-not primarily to “baptized” pagans on someone’s church roll, but as those who are hearing something new for the first time. There may be fewer bureaucrats in denominational headquarters, but there might be more authentically Christian churches preaching an authentically Christian gospel. Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/farewell-to-the-american-protestant-majority-83158/#WxQWJu21XCZsiISp.99

My sister once asked me why a church would focus on world missions when there are so many hurting in our own cities. My answer to her was that when Christians go to the ends of the earth to help others, it allows us an opportunity to share God’s love in practical ways and to share the Gospel of Jesus. But when we do it in America, most have heard it and are desensitized to it. It is hard to share the Gospel in America because many affiliate themselves with being a Christian although they show no signs in their lives of real relationship with the father.

Maybe Dr. Moore is correct. Maybe the decline of the Protestant Majority will be good for the spreading of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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About Mitchell Norton
My life was changed when God saw fit to forgive me of my rebellion against him. I am not worthy of a righteous God, and I am thankful that he reached out to me. My walk with the Lord has lead me to understand that loving others is just as important as loving God. I am a husband to a beautiful wife, father to an adorable daughter (and one on the way!), and servent of the Gospel. I am not perfect, but one day I will be. "Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and has made the Lord his hope and confidence." - Jeremiah 17:7

2 Responses to Could the Decline of the Protestant Majority Be a Good Thing For the Kingdom of God?

  1. Freeman - Fear of man brings a snare. says:

    Amen…
    “We should be more worried about how the church is misrepresenting Jesus than we should be concerned about the decline of those who identify themselves as Christian.”

    Seems lots of folks are recognizing and leaving – “The Corrupt Religious System” of today. Many never leave The Church of God. aka The Body of Christ. (I love His Church.) Most have left “The Corrupt Religious System” – That has damaged so many. The 501 (c) 3, Non-Profit, Tax $ Deductible, Religious $ Corporation, the IRS calls church.

    Should His Disciples call an IRS Corporation “His Church?” His ekklesia?

    Corrupt – Dictionary

    1- showing a willingness to act dishonestly in return for money or personal gain.

    2- in a state of decay; rotten or putrid.

    3- debased or made unreliable by errors or alterations.

    Hasn’t The Whole Religious System, for 1700 years, been *Totally Corrupt?* With…
    1 – Elder/Overseers who do NOT meet the qualifications found in the Bible?
    …..(1. Must be Blameless. 2. Holy? 3. Just? 4. Rule well their own house? etc.)
    2 – Multiple thousands of denominations – NOT found in the Bible?
    …..(Baptist, Presbyterian., Catholic, Lutheran, Assembly of God. etc.)
    3 – Multiple Movements – NOT found in the Bible?
    …..(Reformed, Evangelical, Pentecostal, Emergent, etc.)
    4 – Abusive Heirarchy – Abusive Authoritarians – NOT found in the Bible?
    …..(Who Exercise Authority like the gentiles and lord it over God’s heritage.)
    5 – Traditions of men – NOT found in the Bible?
    …..(Money as a Tithe, Go to church, Join a church, church membership. etc).
    6 – Titles/Positions – NOT found in the Bible? (Pastor/Leader/Reverend?)
    …..(Clergy, Doctor, Right Reverend, Cardinal, Senior Pastor, Lead Pastor. etc.)

    Isn’t “Today’s System” filled with those having “a willingness to act dishonestly”
    and are after…
    1- “money and personal gain” (Celebrity Pastors, Authors, Conference speakers.)
    3- and make “Today’s Religious System” “unreliable by errors or alterations,”
    to the Bible, how the Bible describes “His Church.” Qualifications for Overseer?
    And because of these errors and alterations to the qualifications of Elder/Overseer
    2- The Corrupt Religious System is in a state of decay; rotten and putrid.

    And folks are leaving by the millions. And turning to Jesus.

    • Freeman,

      Thank you for visiting Studying the Way and for your comments. You seem very passionate about the “corruption” that you see in the church. I do agree that the church has been hindered by instances of corruption. But I still love the church, and I do believe that organized institutions are benefical to the spreading of the Gospel.

      I agree that we should not lose sight of the significance of our personal connection with the Holy Spirit, but meeting together and celebrating our King is also needed for spiritual growth. Jesus called twelve individuals acting as a team to reach the world. These Apostles were sent out two by two, and they started the early church. The early Church was composed of collections of beleivers who lived life with one another and met regularly to celebrate our Savior. I would agree that the North American Church has failed to create the REAL communities that the early Church created. It was these communities of believers who taught the world to love one another, and that should be our goal as well.

      I understand your concerns and tradition should never take precedant over the teachings of Jesus, but traditions are not all bad. Many traditions help us to refocus on our faith. They remind us of the things that are most important in life. Jesus even instituted some of the traditions that most denominations still hold.

      I see objections to denominations, but I am not so certain that all denominations are corrupt. I believe the teachings of Jesus allow for a degree of diversity that provides for more outreach to the lost. I would imagine there was some diversity among the early Church as you moved from city to city. Worship styles, teaching methods, and evangelistic methods allow for more people to be reached and helped. The diversity of itself does not contridict anything that Jesus taught, but we must not lose sight of what connects us. I believe it to be a grave mistake of denominations when we pit ourselves against each other. We should be working to further the Gospel of Jesus Christ and accept that we have different traditions and different methods, but one Lord, one Spirit, and are one body.

      And althought I understand your concerns about a church hierchy; scripture does speak of pastors/shepherds, preachers, teachers, and apostles. The apostles chose the deacons to serve the Church. Jesus is our example of what it means to be a leader, and he lead by serving. So everyone in the Church should be focused on being that servant leader, not to climb a ladder of position or power.

      I share some of your concerns, but we can not “throw out the baby with the bathwater.” The church has accomplished many great things as well. Someimtes I feel as if I am harping on the Church. I believe the Church to be at a crossroad. We either find our identity in Christ and focus on His Gospel, or we lose ourselves in the myriad of spiritual choices that lead all their followers to eternal judgement.

      Thank you again for stopping by and for your comments.

      -Mitchell

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