Leftists would have us believe that the liberal Gospel – the one that transforms Jesus Christ into an androgynous hippie more concerned with carbon emissions than abortion – has taken root in Western society while the authentic Gospel, wrongfully labeled "conservative" by some, is on the decline.
A new study from Canada shows that's not the case at all. As it turns out, the hippie Gospel doesn't have much allure, considering no one would feel compelled to join, or remain a part of, a church that preaches no consequence in regards to sin.
The biggest hit has been among mainline Protestant churches, which have seen a decline in membership since the social justice Gospel began infiltrating their congregations in the 1960's.
"Mainline Protestant churches are in trouble," reports WaPo. "A 2015 report by the Pew Research Center found that these congregations, once a mainstay of American religion, are now shrinking by about 1 million members annually. Fewer members not only means fewer souls saved, a frightening thought for some clergy members, but also less income for churches, further ensuring their decline."
Some might attribute this to the overall rise in social liberalism among Westerners, but it may not be so simple, considering that mainline Protestant churches didn't dig their heels into the culture wars, but downright surrendered them as change swept across the nation, due in part to a book by Episcopalian bishop John Shelby Spong titled Why Christianity Must Change or Die, in which he called on Christianity to liberalize itself with the rest of the culture. It clearly didn't work out as well as he hoped:
Over the last five years, my colleagues and I conducted a study of 22 mainline congregations in the province of Ontario. We compared those in the sample that were growing mainline congregations to those that were declining. After statistically analyzing the survey responses of over 2,200 congregants and the clergy members who serve them, we came to a counterintuitive discovery: Conservative Protestant theology, with its more literal view of the Bible, is a significant predictor of church growth while liberal theology leads to decline.
As for the so-called "conservative" churches, the study found them growing at faster rates while the liberal churches didn't have a prayer.
"Growing church clergy members are the most theologically conservative, while declining church clergy members are the least," the study concluded.
The study couldn't quite cite the reason for this disparity (the reason should be obvious for anyone of authentic faith); they conjectured that the reason could be because so-called "conservative" churches take Christ's demand to "make disciples" as a serious command, which yields converts.