I have to say from vast experience that I can identify with the author, Paul Proctor, in his vivid explanation of what is really happening to many [and perhaps MOST] churches that are 'dying', folding up, disappearing in the USA today. From what I hear, the Southern Baptists are almost nil right now! Even if the churches and pastor meant well-- you can't mix in the world of Satan and his entertainment with pure Christian worship! Churches that I have attended in the past few years felt that an 'Open Food Pantry' every Sunday night after that service was open to the public, and I can tell you exactly 'what type of people' showed up! In the old days in China, etc., these kind of people were called "Rice Christians." They came to church and preaching ONLY for the food!
I also feel that Paul Proctor is very correct about the near future when a economic crash hits the world and especially the spoiled America, things will change swiftly, over night. Two things will happen: Many will finally see the light and get right with Jesus Christ-- and others will forsake Him. "The love of the greater number will cool off." See Timothy.
I just get a warm feeling when someone that I think is much smarter than I agrees with me.
It's COLD OUTSIDE! Brrrr. Wouldn't you think that a big guy like me would be insulated?? I just found a deal at 'KingSize' on-line where I bought 2 fleeced camo sweat pants. I may put one pair in my "bug out bag" --LOL. Sharon said that she already has enough warm clothes. I took her out to Golden Corral for lunch today, and another doctor's visit so the docs can haul in their loot before obama-care kicks in-- and maybe retroactively.
December 17, 2009
Franklin Graham: 'Our Churches Are Dead'Paul Proctor / NewsWithViews.com:
I read an interesting article/interview with Franklin Graham, son of famed evangelist, Billy Graham, in a publication called The Gathering where he not only expressed the importance of sharing the gospel, but also some less than flattering comments about today's churches and pastors "going directions Jesus never told us to go into," referencing the new "liberal" evangelical emphasis on "social justice" and “Christianizing” the culture. Of course, I can’t speak for Franklin Graham, but it sure sounded like a slap in the face of Rick Warren with his Global Peace Plan. Certainly, there are many who have made the social gospel job one, but none more notable than the Purpose Driven pastor from Saddleback Church.