Here's yet another sad sign of the evangelical decline. An amazing 57% of those who attend evangelical churches now say they believe that adherents of non-Christian religions might also be saved. The more people anchor their faith in the subjective (religious experience), the less likely they are to see evangelical Christianity as a truth claim. Some of us are hardly surprised by this news. Saddened, yes. But not surprised. Click here: Religious Americans: My faith isn't the only way (OneNewsNow.com)
The PCUSA continues to lose members--some 57,000 last year alone (that's about the same number of people in the OPC/URC combined). The loss is blamed on the church's liberal theology and blue hair--the church's aging membership. Many congregations have left to join the EPC. If you don't give people a reason to stay in your church, they won't. The PCUSA isn't alone in this. The Methodist Church has lost 23% of its membership since 1970, and the Episcopal Church is down 33% since the mid-sixties. Of course, what these churches need is more liberal theology and "contemporary worship."
Here's a noted theologian/writer who believes that Jesus will return within the next 20-25 years. That's not out of the ordinary. The catch? Harun Yahya is a Muslim (widely read around in the Muslim world) who believes that when Jesus comes back it will be as the Islamic Mahdi and a champion of the prophet Mohammed. This is typical Islamic doctrine, but Yahya is as successful (in terms of sales) as Tim LaHaye. That means a series of Islamic novels about the end times is sure to come. Click here: Muslim creationist preaches Islam and awaits Christ - Yahoo! News
How many stories like this one will we read about before the presidential election in November? Here's a preacher who told his congregation that God wanted them to vote republican. That's bad enough. It gets worse. He was doing this to provoke an IRS investigation, hoping for a court fight. Shouldn't a guy like this be looking for a new line of work? He's obviously failed in his calling to preach the gospel. And if he wants to change things so badly, why not just run for political office (an honorable calling), rather than commit such atrocious behavior in the pulpit. Click here: ABC News: Pastors Use Pulpit to Challenge Election Law