Mark Tooley at the American Spectator has an article concerning the Episcopal Church in America. Since the 1960s, the church has been in declined, but really took a nose dive in 2004 when the church ordained openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson. Since that time, the already failing church has lost almost 60 percent of its membership.
Some might see this is bad news, but I see it as a blessing. According to the article, the Episcopals started trying to broaden the meaning of the gospel back in the 1960s. In other words, they were trying to make the gospel more relevant for our modern tastes. The moment you do this is the moment you lose the gospel. The gospel is not something that can be tampered with because it reduces the power of the gospel. The gospel is both a person and a message at the same time. It is Jesus Christ as the way of salvation and the message of His resurrection. Given that the mainline denominations have been trying to broaden their scope of who actually gets into heaven, they are at odds with Jesus and His gospel. Since this is true, it is no wonder they have been losing numbers.
Again, this a good thing. The sooner these mainline denominations die out, the better off Christians will be. The sad reality is that the problem of making the gospel relevant hasn’t gone away. The same is true in the evangelical world today with churches punting on the truths of the gospel and making it more acceptable and palatable. This is doing the same thing the Episcopals did back in the 1960s. It bears repeating, the moment you tamper with the gospel, and reduce the authority of God’s word, is the moment your message and you become irrelevant. You may become more relevant to certain communities, like the gay community. But not where it is important and lasting: the Kingdom of Heaven.
Here is more of what Tooley writes:
Not surprisingly, the rejection of orthodoxy in favor of cultural and political fads, whatever the spiritual consequences, has been disastrous for Episcopalians and all Mainline Protestant denominations, all of which have been losing members since the 1960s, between 25 and 40 percent. Former Presbyterians and Methodists and Lutherans either gave up on organized religion, or they joined evangelical or Catholic churches, or they, more permanently, died (!), leaving few if any descendants, as Mainline Protestants, especially Episcopalians, have notoriously low birth rates. The current Episcopal Presiding Bishop even celebrated this demographic collapse, claiming that Episcopalians were protecting the planet by abstaining from children.
With a view of children like that, good riddance. May the rest of the apostate denominations go extinct as well.