by John Ellis
A little over a year ago, in an op-ed for the Washington Post, Rachel Held Evans continued her naïve drumbeat about how to fix churches. Like her book, the op-ed blamed diminishing church attendance on things like “cooler bands, hipper worship, edgier programming, [and] impressive technology.” Further down the article, she drags out her favorite hobby horse – the treatment/rejection of the lgbt community and her desire to open the Lord’s Table to any and all, regardless of whether or not they are repenting of their sins and placing their faith in Jesus. Of course, as I stated in my review of her last book, Rachel Held Evans either ignores or is simply unaware of the vast amounts of data that scream that liberal theology (you know, embracing aberrant sexuality and embracing an inclusive soteriology devoid of a drastic re-shifting of a person’s identity) is the culprit for declining church attendance.
I won’t rehash the data (you can read some of it in my review of Rachel Held Evan’s book here). Needless to say, however, someone needs to sit down with the United Method Church’s Council of Bishops and rehash if not simply introduce the data to them. In their latest obvious embrace of apostasy, the UMC is taking 75 weeks to pray about accepting unrepentant lgbt persons into full-fellowship. As I wrote elsewhere, the UMC’s Council of Bishops have given themselves 75 weeks to figure out how to stop the exodus of tithing members once they announce what they’ve already decided. In a recent article for PJ Media, I expounded on the whole brouhaha. You can read that article by clicking the link below.