Suppose you wanted to eradicate your opposition, to effectively kill the church, so to speak. However, you wanted to do so in a way that avoided any blowback, and lulled your opposition to sleep so that they wouldn’t know what hit them until it was too late. Rather than a full-frontal assault, you might try subtlety instead. Say, the introduction of a lie that became repeated so often by those with influence it was accepted as truth. Despite the fact all of the actual hard evidence says to the contrary it is not. This is what is called “propaganda.” Defined by Dictionary.com as “information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution, nation, etc.” Marxist Progressives who want to replace individual liberty with statism in America have religious freedom in their cross-hairs, even if it means targeting the Little Sisters of the Poor order of Catholic nuns. Because once the church is silenced so is the notion of God-given rights our entire constitutional republic hinges upon. For if your rights do not come from God then they come from government, and what government giveth government taketh away. Yet it’s not the coercive force of government that is the Marxist Progressives’ most powerful weapon, but cultural propaganda. Sadly, too much of the church in America isn’t fighting back against this propaganda that seeks to undermine its mission, but is ingesting it into its own bloodstream. And the effects of believing this Marxist Progressive lie has been devastating. The lie I’m referring to is this: unless the American church accepts the re-definitions of morality and sexuality that have arisen in a post-sexual revolution culture, it is doomed, since no one wants to go to church with a bunch of “bigots” and “haters” still bitterly clinging to the guns and their Bibles. Yet the real numbers show the exact opposite is true. In fact, it seems the best way to shrink your church/denomination is to sell-out the Word of God. Works every time. Just look at the data from a recent report on this debate:
- Prior to consecrating Gene Robinson as its first openly homosexual bishop in 2003, there were 2.32 million Episcopalians in America. Fast forward a decade and this denomination has lost 18 percent of its overall membership, weekly Sunday attendance has declined 24 percent, and marriages conducted in the church have fallen 45 percent. Meanwhile, the more Biblical Anglican Church of North America, which was formed in protest to the liberalization of the Episcopalian Church, has planted 488 new churches since 2009. The Episcopalians planted only four in all of 2012.
- From 1987 to 2009, the average membership decline within the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America was only 0.62 percent. But since that church abandoned Biblical teaching on morals and sexual ethics in 2010, more than 600 congregations have abandoned the denomination. That’s 12.3 percent in just three years, or almost 600,000 people. If this current rate of decline continues, the church won’t even exist 20 years from now.
- It’s been a long time since the United Church of Christ held God’s Word in high esteem. This is the denomination of Jeremiah Wright after all, Barack Obama’s former anti-American pastor. In 2005 the church became the first Protestant denomination to openly support redefining marriage. Since then its lost over 20 percent of its members. An average of 39 congregations left the denomination annually from 1990-2004, but a whopping 350 congregations have bolted since the church officially “came out of the closet.” For the first time membership in this denomination is now below a million people, and it’s on pace to be extinct in about 30 years.
- Since 2006 the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. has been wrestling with whether or not to toss the Bible aside and embrace the sexual revolution. From 2006-2013 the denomination lost 22 percent of its members. Over 100,000 people left the church in 2012 alone. It’s on pace to sleep with the fishes by 2037.
On the other hand, look who’s growing.