It may not have been said by Albert Einstein, but it’s true. “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”
I think about this every time I read another article about “why young people are leaving the Church.” So many of these articles are written by progressives or ex-evangelicals proclaiming that churches must adopt liberal theology, LGBT ideology, and focus on social justice rather than sin and salvation if they hope to survive. But churches and denominations have already tried this for years, and the ones who have are overwhelmingly old, white, and dying. The churches losing members at a dizzying rate still are the ones that have ordained gay clergy and are preaching a social gospel. On the other hand, their conservative counterparts are growing still.
Look, young people don’t need another institution to make them feel good. They need one that will tell them the truth about sin, and the Savior who calls them to be transformed in the world, not conformed to it.
(Republished from 8.29.17)
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