A Clarifying Decline

In an article for Fox News, Pastor Mark Driscoll explains how recent surveys showing a sharp decline in the amount of people claiming to be Christians is actually quite helpful to the church and to the world. While it may appear that true Christianity is on the outs, Driscoll says:

Therefore, the number of Christians has likely not diminished as much as has been reported, but rather we are seeing an increasingly accurate accounting of actual Christian America. The ARIS study confirmed this by saying that the number of people who claimed to be Christians decreased, while the number of people who claimed to be evangelical increased. This fact is not discouraging, but rather clarifying.

This is especially helpful to those of us who care about the Biblical distinction between the church and the world (think of 1 John 2:15, for instance). We want to see the church look like the bride of Christ, not the prostitute of Babylon.

Driscoll closes by making one helpful application, pointing out that as “the residue of some aspects of Protestant morality” disappears, many more people will be scared by the effects of more damaging sins like sexual immorality, substance abuse and addiction, and anarchist tendencies.  He concludes:

Proceeding forward, the distinctions in lifestyle between Christian America and non-Christian America will become increasingly stark and will require great service by the church in the areas of mercy and justice to help people damaged by a Christless culture.


About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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