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Choice News THURSDAY, NOV 29, 2018  |  12 comments  |  1 commentary
“Between 6,000 and 10,000 churches in the U.S. are dying each year”

Many of our nation’s churches can no longer afford to maintain their structures—6,000 to 10,000 churches die each year in America—and that number will likely grow. Though more than 70 percent of our citizens still claim to be Christian, congregational participation is less central to many Americans’ faith than it once was. Most denominations are declining as a share of the overall population, and donations to congregations have been falling for decades. Meanwhile, religiously unaffiliated Americans, nicknamed the “nones,” are growing as a share of the U.S. population. ...

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News Item12/2/18 12:50 PM
Hal C. Ondays | Isles of Langerhans  Find all comments by Hal C. Ondays
Atlantic is a secular publication, and same website shows an article about the death of restaurants. So maybe their editors are creating a theme of 'death of'
I wish they would do one on how Liberals Love Death, like abortion, euthanasia, etc.
Again, dealing with secular people means they don't understand the fine points of religion, much less theology that interest many posters here at SA.
For them, those big buildings with steeples, bell towers, crosses on top sitting on prime real estate, in very visible locations in town and city downtown areas, are all the same as The Church, and that is represented by people like the Pope, Billy Graham, Joel Osteen, etc. They could not tell the difference between any of them.
The article seems to be about one initiative of the United Methodist Church to get churches to do more community development and maybe even commercial uses of their dying sites. I think a city zoning official would want to look into this to see if they are violating any laws.
I know of their locations that occupies half a city block, land is worth millions.
Around the corner is a Christian Scientist Church that razed the 2 story apartment buildings that I think were used by elderly members. They now have a big hotel there.
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News Item12/1/18 1:39 AM
The Quiet Christian  Find all comments by The Quiet Christian
Part of the problem with this story is that it only told half of what's happening. Churches do die. Churches are also born. Some churches and groups, particularly those who preach the Gospel, are growing. Those who do not and who have compromised the true Gospel, usually for the social-justice gospel, are shrinking. And a good many of those churches that are shrinking are old, established churches in old, occasionally historic buildings.

Someday, Just A Guy, we'll hear of the demise of Joel Osteen's church. Some will wonder what happened. We'll already know. ;-}

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News Item11/29/18 7:24 PM
Wayfarer Pilgrim | Lubbock,tx  Find all comments by Wayfarer Pilgrim
The problem is demographics, old people die, young people move and what moves in doesn’t cotton to Christianity.
Christian denominations are stuck on a “growth” model. The gospel will prevail and nothing will end the church. Brick and mortar may collapse but the blood bought bride will not. And whatever stays probably is saved and what walks away probably isn’t.
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News Item11/29/18 11:59 AM
Just a Guy | Mississippi  Find all comments by Just a Guy
Honestly...

Most of these "churches" are not churches...

If someone said "Joel Osteens church just failed. Largest church failure ever!" we know that's not true...

And its no different with the 50 member church that doesn't preach Christ. It wasn't a failed church, it is a failed fake Church...

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News Item11/29/18 10:59 AM
Plain Old Tim | Possum Hollow, USA  Find all comments by Plain Old Tim
Many visible churches are growing, Adriel. They are the ones that take the Great Commission seriously. In other words, they are churches with Acts 20:20 vision.
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News Item11/29/18 10:39 AM
Adriel  Find all comments by Adriel
The 'visible' church is dying.

However the 'invisible' church is growing and always will until the big finish!!

Westminster....
25/1. The catholic or universal Church, which is invisible, consists of the whole number of the elect, that have been, are, or shall be gathered into one, under Christ the Head thereof; and is the spouse, the body, the fulness of Him that fills all in all.

II. The visible Church, which is also catholic or universal under the Gospel (not confined to one nation, as before under the law), consists of all those throughout the world that profess the true religion; and of their children: and is the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ, the house and family of God, out of which there is no ordinary possibility of salvation."

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News Item11/29/18 9:47 AM
Frank  Contact via emailFind all comments by Frank
I remember years ago that our receptionist overheard me telling someone that I “became” a Christian at a certain time. She later approached me and said something like this: weren’t you born in this country? I said of course and then she responded by saying well then you have always been a Christian. What else could you have been. She really meant that.

Most of the professing world simply adopt the faith that their family or culture has. If they are born in a Christian family, they are Christian, if in a catholic family they are catholic, in a Muslim family, Muslim, etc. It is something I refer to as cultural Christianity.

I was raised in a catholic family and when I was able to be independent, like most catholics back then I became an agnostic.

Luke 18:8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

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News Item11/29/18 9:22 AM
Plain Old Tim | Possum Hollow, USA  Find all comments by Plain Old Tim
If what you say is true, 1517, why are “churches” mentioned three dozen times in the Bible?
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News Item11/29/18 7:43 AM
1517  Find all comments by 1517
There is only one “church” and it’s Christ’s. To be sure, it is NOT dying...it’s growing.
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News Item11/29/18 2:59 AM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
An interesting article, though it seems to be about failing Catholic parishes and Methodist congregations, neither which I find that important, interesting yes, and important -- no.

However the article did have an interesting link to a very good article about the downfall of the [in](?)famous Mark Driscoll. It's a quite well-done article,

https://tinyurl.com/jgtreqk (How a Megachurch Melts Down)

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News Item11/29/18 12:17 AM
Backwoods Duck Farmer | Mississippi  Find all comments by Backwoods Duck Farmer
Dying churches are not just a sign of dying souls, they are a sign of dying communities, families, businesses, schools, governments, and ultimately, nations. This is a stark reminder that we're heading into a nightmare that will make all the trials this nation has seen look like a cakewalk. Such is the nature of apostasy.

Even though it can be hard to see most of the time, the Lord is preserving a faithful remnant - even among my generation. A generation that is the most lazy, selfish, arrogant, rebellious generation in history. That makes myself and people like me (true Christians who by God's grace and mercy still have heads on their shoulders) stick out like sore thumbs, and there's no doubt in my mind that we'll get in trouble for being different from the herds. But then again, Christ will use those troubles to further purify His church. It all works out for the best in the end!

"This day the noise of battle, the next the victor's song."

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News Item11/29/18 12:10 AM
Plain Old Tim | Possum Hollow, USA  Find all comments by Plain Old Tim
Just checked to see if Hebrews 10:25 is still in the Bible; it is. So rather than saying that “congregational participation is less central to many Americans’ faith than it once was,” let’s tell the truth and say that obeying God is not as important to us as it used to be.
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