Michael Spencer talks in this Christian Science Monitor article about what he sees as the coming collapse of Evangelical Protestantism. He writes this as an Evangelical – but some of his conclusions are interesting. He expects many Evangelicals to quit in the face of the growing anti-Christian environment of Obama’s America. He sees Catholics and Orthodox churches growing in the face of this challenge. As a Catholic – I can see some truth in his speculation. With the Real Presence, Our Lady, all seven sacraments, ordained priesthood and the Magisterium – I am certian the Church is up to the challenge – and has seen much worse. The Church after all was built on the blood of Martyrs!
From Mr. Spencer’s article:
We are on the verge – within 10 years – of a major collapse of evangelical Christianity. This breakdown will follow the deterioration of the mainline Protestant world and it will fundamentally alter the religious and cultural environment in the West.Within two generations, evangelicalism will be a house deserted of half its occupants. (Between 25 and 35 percent of Americans today are Evangelicals.) In the “Protestant” ., Evangelicals flourished. But they will soon be living in a very secular and religiously antagonisticThis collapse will herald the arrival of an anti-Christian chapter of the post-Christian West. Intolerance of Christianity will rise to levels many of us have not believed possible in our lifetimes, and public policy will become hostile toward evangelical Christianity, seeing it as the opponent of the common good.Millions of Evangelicals will quit. Thousands of ministries will end. Christian media will be reduced, if not eliminated. Manywill go into rapid decline. I’m convinced the grace and mission of God will reach to the ends of the earth. But the end of evangelicalism as we know it is close.