Christianity is dying. At least, that’s what major newspapers are telling us today. I think this is perhaps bad news for America, but it is good news for the church.
This is good news because the kind of “Christianity” that is a means to an end — even if that end is “traditional family values” — is what J. Gresham Machen rightly called “liberalism,” and it is an entirely different religion from the apostolic faith handed down by Jesus Christ.
The Pew report holds that mainline denominations — those who have made their peace with the Sexual Revolution — continue to report heavy losses, while evangelical churches remain remarkably steady — even against some heavy headwinds coming from the other direction.
Christianity isn’t normal anymore, and that’s good news. The Book of Acts, like the Gospels before it, shows us that Christianity thrives when it is, as Kierkegaard put it, a sign of contradiction. Only a strange gospel can differentiate itself from the worlds we construct. But the strange, freakish, foolish old gospel is what God uses to save people and to resurrect churches (1 Cor. 1:20–22).