Thursday, May 23, 2013

Decline of Church in England tied to acceptance of same sex "marriage".

This story ties the decline of the Church in England to the redefinition of marriage in Britain.  I think that's spot on.
Although the Church of England opposes the homosexual marriage bill, its influence in the country seems to be waning along with church attendance: Figures for 2011, released May 7, show a weekly average attendance of 1.1 million Anglicans, down from 1.2 million in 2001.

U.K. census figures show an even starker reality. The proportion of people in England and Wales identifying themselves as Christian dropped to 59 percent in 2011, down from 72 percent in 2001. Meanwhile, the number of people claiming no religion nearly doubled.
I think the same conclusion applies to the United States and Minnesota in particular.  The redefinition of marriage in Minnesota clearly falls at the feet of the church in Minnesota.  Both for embracing an unscriptural understanding of marriage by some and the failure of others to be "salt" and "light" in society.  When Christians fail to be salt, the consequence as Jesus in Matthew 5 points out is being trampled on the ground.

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