Wow, there is so much ruckus in the evangelical community right now about Christmas and Easter. The preachers and radio talk hosts are on the defensive big time and even going on the offensive against those who would condemn Christmas or Easter as having pagan roots. I even heard the “Bible Answer Man” (LOL), Hank Hanegraaff attacking those critical of Christmas by promoting a new book called Defending Constantine.
These people are going on the attack because they have a lot to lose. Their entire careers are on the line here and its very hard to swallow ones pride and admit you were wrong and go a different direction when you know you could lose your job over it. It’s completely different for a guy like me to change direction. The change in my life only came at the expense of a few family members thinking I was crazy or had become legalistic. These pastors and evangelical leaders instead have to answer to a board of directors that are in charge of paying their salary…and if they leave the reservation, well lets just say they don’t come back.
However, these mega preachers are seeing people leave the church in droves and even more coming to church leadership with questions that are hard to answer honestly without admitting doctrinal heresy.
I don’t have the numbers yet but I’m going to get them. Barna Group is saying that while its a fact that the main stream evangelical church is seeing a mass exodus, its not because those who are leaving are losing faith, but rather becoming educated and finding out that much of their church doctrine doesn’t match up with scripture. How bout that!
These facts just make these interesting times we live in, just all that more interesting.
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