The Christian Sky Falling?

Posted: April 29, 2009 in advocacy, church, history, life, missional, pepperdine, politics, priorities

I’m not a Chicken Little type when it comes to the changing demographics of the world and the current state of the Christian church. I believe Jesus when he tells Peter that the gates of hell will not prevail against the church. If they do, then Jesus was wrong and we should all go about doing something else anyway. But as my latent concern for evangelism grows and my heart becomes more missional (not to grow larger churches, but so that people will come to know Jesus), videos like the one below concern me.

While I may not vocalize my concern as demonstrably as the narrator does, the facts are the facts and they are indicative of the churches increasing malaise when it comes to boldly proclaiming our confession that Jesus is Lord. While more and more Christians are rightly becoming more focused on justice issues around the world (I’ll be teaching a class on it next week at Pepperdine University), we cannot lose sight of Jesus’ warning to be less concerned with what can destroy the body in relation to what can destroy the soul.

So here are our options as Christians: 1. Have more kids or 2. Get busy being the church in the world. I’m a both/and kinda guy.


I need to mention that one of my church members sent me this video. He said he didn’t know if the stats/facts are/were true and neither do I. At any rate, except for the Southern Hemisphere, the Christian church ain’t doing that great. That’s my point! Not to scare folks — which might be the intent of the film makers.

  1. Denny says:

    Those are pretty frightening statistics. But I do not think Daniel’s 70th week is too far off. The Lord Jesus Christ will return to Earth to rule and to reign for 1,000 years. But first, we Christians must all go through (the pre-tribulation rapture of the church is a lie) this time of testing. The love of most will grow cold and many will depart from the faith and hate and betray one another. But those that endure to the end shall be saved (Jesus Christ’s Words, not mine).

    I have an interesting blog entry concerning the timing of Daniel’s 70th week for those interested in prophecy.

    Thanks for listening,

  2. Casey McCollum says:

    Have you read “Who Get’s to Narrate the World” by webber?

  3. Sean says:

    No, Casey, I haven’t read it. It’ll have to go into my already monstrous and growing “to read” stack.

  4. Lisa Dunn says:

    Very interesting video.

    I like your comments about creating a church where people know Jesus– not just a “mega church” with high attendance.

    I pray that we (Redwood) can be about bringing people to know Jesus at the real soul level…and let the numbers be what they may.

  5. WesWoodell says:

    Whattup Sean – just ran across your blog via a Pepperdine tag.

    I’m a bit north of you in San Francisco – we ought to have lunch sometime. 🙂

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