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January 4, 2013


Institute on Religion and Democracy - Church News Predictions for 2013

IRD has 7... see if you can guess before you peek.

What would you ad or subtract from the list?


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I’d subtract the prediction concerning evangelical liberal disenchantment. I simply don’t see Rachel Held Evans, Brian McLaren and company raising a big stink about the Obama administration’s actions.

[1] Posted by the virginian on 1-4-2013 at 04:49 PM · [top]

RE: “Evangelical Liberal Disenchantment: The distance between the Evangelical Left and the liberal political establishment will increase, especially differences with President Obama over religious liberty and abortion.”

I strongly disagree with that one.  For one thing, there’s really no such thing as an “evangelical liberal”—there are merely liberal religious people who claim the label of “evangelical” while being in no way a proponent of the Gospel—ie, Rob Bell.

And the likes of liberal activists won’t have any problems with the policies on Obama, either.  So . . . just don’t agree.

I also don’t agree with this one:
New Archbishop of Canterbury: After succeeding Rowan Williams in March as head of the world’s almost 80 million Anglicans, Justin Welby cautiously leads the Church of England and the worldwide Anglican Communion in a more orthodox direction, with a nod to Global South Christianity’s growing influence on the Western Church.

I think there’s be a lot of hand-waving and general mouthings along charismatic lines about healing and reconciliation, which will serve as a distracting “shiny red ball” for some.  But eventually the “shiny red ball’s” distraction will be worn out anyway, and everything will revert back to how it is now, only with an even larger chasm between those who believe the Gospel, and those who don’t, along with their enabling “reconcilers.”

[2] Posted by Sarah on 1-4-2013 at 05:35 PM · [top]

I agree with Sarah and the Virginian.  It makes no sense to believe (#4) that “the distance between the Evangelical Left and the liberal political establishment will increase” if you also believe (#5) that “Post Sexual Revolution mores will spread in evangelical colleges and universities,” and (#6) that “the National Association of Evangelicals will experience further liberalization.”

I am not sure there really is such a thing as the Evangelical Left.  I think you simply have liberals who continue (for whatever reason) to inhabit (and infect) evangelical church structures.  As the seduction by the culture continues, those who call themselves evangelicals but who don’t Stand Firm(TM) in their biblical convictions will fall away, as Scripture teaches in numerous places (Psalm 53:2-4, Psalm 101:2-4, Matthew 13:21, Matthew 24:9-11, Luke 8:13, 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4, 2 Timothy 4:3-4, 2 Peter 2 and all of Jude, to cite only a few).

[3] Posted by ToAllTheWorld on 1-4-2013 at 07:16 PM · [top]

I am sorry the links to some of the Scripture references in my comment above got messed up.  It seems that the automatic system for turning these into links gets confused, so that when a Bible book begins with a number as in 2 Timothy, 2 Thessalonians, and 2 Peter, it appends the 2 to the previous Scripture reference.  Let’s see how it works if I try Roman numerals: II Thessalonians 2:3-4, II Timothy 4:3-4, II Peter 2, Jude 1.

[4] Posted by ToAllTheWorld on 1-4-2013 at 07:24 PM · [top]

“After succeeding Rowan Williams in March as head of the world’s almost 80 million Anglicans, Justin Welby cautiously leads the Church of England and the worldwide Anglican Communion in a more orthodox direction, with a nod to Global South Christianity’s growing influence on the Western Church.”

Wrong. +Welby is broad church, favors women bishops and will indaba with the GLBT folks. How is that orthodox?

[5] Posted by Fr. Dale on 1-4-2013 at 07:33 PM · [top]

Interesting list of predictions:

#1. While I wish it would come true, I am not betting anything that it will. I agree with the others who have already written their opinions. I just don’t see it happening as much as I would like to happen.

#2.

Evangelical/Catholic Partnerships Grow: Both groups have led in anti-sex trafficking efforts over the last decade. Thanks to the Obamacare HHS mandate, however, active Protestants and Roman Catholics will grow closer together in the public square, especially as religious freedom cases continue to unfurl.

Agreed. I also think that both groups will continue to see misunderstanding bordering on persecution by the MSM.

#3

Persecuted Middle East Religious Minorities: Conflicts in Syria and Egypt, home to two of the largest Christian communities in the Middle East, will result in increasing emigration.

Unfortunately, this one will happen except I am not sure emigration will be allowed. I do believe the massive slaughter of Christians which is already happening in several countries (not just the Middle East) will continue unabated. This one barely even gets news coverage in the US.

#4.  I agree with Sarah who has already noted that “Evangelical liberals” don’t really exist. At least not in the true sense of the word Evangelical.

#5.

Sexual Liberalism: Post Sexual Revolution mores will spread in evangelical colleges and universities. Meanwhile, transgenderism and polyamory will be increasingly touted openly in old line church circles.

Yep this trend will continue unabated and it will continue to lead to a loss of members among “old line” (is that supposed to be “main line”) churches. I wish it were not so.

#6.

Ecumenical Councils Struggle: While the National Council of Churches struggles to stay afloat, the National Association of Evangelicals will experience further liberalization and marginalization. At least two oldline seminaries will shutter, and the most liberal church bodies, such as the United Church of Christ, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the Metropolitan Community Churches, will continue to move closer towards eventual consolidation.

I am not up on “Ecumenical Councils” so won’t comment about that. I do see the trend of liberal “churches” moving closer to consolidation and eventual closure. They forgot The Episcopal Church on their list of liberal “churches”. Is that because TEC is now so small and irrelevant that no one cares any more? I will add another sentence to that one. Those liberal “churches” will continue down the steady yet slippery slope to total destruction. It won’t happen in 2013 but they will come much closer to seeing that happen.

#7, Quite possibly. I would rather see the growth of Mormonism than the growth of the liberal leftists we have in control now.

[6] Posted by SC blu cat lady on 1-8-2013 at 07:29 AM · [top]

One I would add is that despite severe persecution in many places, Christianity will continue to grow and continue to add believers/disciples.

[7] Posted by SC blu cat lady on 1-8-2013 at 07:33 AM · [top]

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