3 thoughts on “British Christianity Dies While Islam Thrives

  1. Thankfully there are still serious-minded biblical-theological Christian’s in Britain! But indeed they are seen less and less in many of the so-called historic Christian Churches! Again, it is both the culture of modernity and postmodernity that prevails, and sadly even with many in the Christian Academy. The pastoral can never be separate from the biblical-theological!

  2. People in the West have forgotten, sadly, what it means to “BE” the church. We have perhaps become so used to “Doing” church that we have forgotten what our faith is really all about.
    Many of the works of mercy previously done by the church have been taken over by the state and other organisations and NGO’s. These people do good work and are needed in our society. As the church, however, we are in need of being awakened from our slumber before we are forced into giving up our faith at the point of a sword, and I suspect that many who call themselves Christians may compromise when put into that type of situation.(Rather like those who said “better Red than dead ” during the Communist era.)
    When I was in Burma I worshipped with a small chuch which used Bengali and Hindi in their services as well as Burmese and English. it was for me a truly wonderful experience to be but a small part of that group of Christian people.
    People were very poor and had few financial resources and they walked for 10 miles plus to be at worship every Sunday. They spent the whole day there, sharing the few items of food which they ‘pooled’, and all the business of the church was done after this shared lunch; Instruction, catechism. music rehearsals, all coupled with prayer and thanksgiving.they also planned youth and mission activities and so on.they would then go out into the world and be the church during the week.
    This church was part of the Church of India in Burma and had good working relations with all the members of the Myanmar Council of Churches, YMCA/YWCA and other Christian groups, all of whom were quietly fighting a system of repression.
    This was during the time of the military government and I myself was “investigated” as a foreign minister. I was a Deacon then and was mainly part of the liturgical ministry there.
    The West I fear has become too complacent about their Christian roots, which we have taken for granted. Rarely have we had to “fight” to be allowed to worship freely.
    In places across Africa, Asia and the Middle East where Christians have had to keep faithful under persecution, these are the places where Christianity is growing.In some South American countries evangelical churches are springing up like mushrooms by the thousand, challenging the more “institutional’ churches in Mission and preaching the Gospel.
    Churches in non western societies are not so much ‘hooked’ into buildings,liturgy , style of worship and in ‘maintenance mode’ , as some churches in the West seem to be, but are truly trying each day to live out the Gospel of Jesus in their daily lives and to be faithful to “the Great Commission”.
    If the church and Christianity is to survive in the West , we will have to get out of our ‘comfort zone’ and become “a church without walls”.
    We need to remind ourselves of the words of Archbishop William Temple, that “The Church exists primarily for those outside of it.”
    Radical Islam is growing because of the complacency of the West and the perception amongst these radilcals is that the West is decadent and uncaring.I believe that there is an urgent need for some form of dialogue to promote understanding as to what real faith in God means.
    We shall all earnestly need to pray about this. It is indeed worth noting that Islamic leaders in Britain strongly condemned the attack on the soldier who was brutally killed in Woolwich last week. Surely more inter-faith dialogue is necessary, but i am not sure how that is brought about in radically Islamic countries where Christians are not permitted to practice their faith freely.We only have to look at the Coptic Church to see how under new regimes since the “Arab Spring” have affected Chritian witness.Remember the words of Jesus: “….upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” That does give us hope, surely?

  3. I second Damien Thompson’s point, which he drove home numerous times, and which the good Bishop agreed to, that the churches have lost their way. Their leadership is lukewarm at best and does little to inspire the faithful. The clergy have collossaly failed to catechize the faithful (with the exception of the evangelicals, who, are doing rather OK) and seem content with the status quo, or, if “change” is needed then it must mean throwing out even MORE of the faith!

    These things wouldn’t be magic bullets, by the way. But we’d be in unbelievably better shape if our leaderships pulled their fingers out.

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