Is it time to bring out the tiny violin, as Don and Tim Wildmon’s “news” organ, OneNewsNow, reports that a Christian blogger predicts the decline of the evangelical movement?

A Christian writer is predicting a “major collapse of evangelical Christianity” to occur within ten years.

Christian blogger Michael Spencer says evangelicalism as it is known in the West is “bloated and hyper-inflated” and will soon collapse because of its emphasis on the culture war and affiliation with the Republican Party. According to Spencer, many people who are identifying themselves as evangelicals are not at all sold on the evangelical version of personal discipleship and commitment to Jesus Christ.

He expects about half of evangelical churches will die off in the next 25 to 30 years due to generational reasons or because their members become more attracted to a secular version of life.

…In a recent column for The Christian Science Monitor, Spencer wrote, “We Evangelicals have failed to pass on to our young people an orthodox form of faith that can take root and survive the secular onslaught. Ironically, the billions of dollars we’ve spent on youth ministers, Christian music, publishing, and media has produced a culture of young Christians who know next to nothing about their own faith except how they feel about it.”


Note from Autumn: Further reading:

* Christian Science Monitor: The coming evangelical collapse; An anti-Christian chapter in Western history is about to begin. But out of the ruins, a new vitality and integrity will rise. (source article for the OneNewsNow piece)

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding