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The dying church [07 Feb 2008|10:02pm]

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THE DECLINE OF THE CHURCH AND ALSO OF LARGER WESTERN SOCIETY:

Not long ago, it was reported by Syndicated Columnist Cal Thomas that in Great

Britain, you can expect to find all of 2% of the population in [Christian] churches

on any given Sunday. But he then added, that in view of what is typically preached

in them, there is hardly any point in attending anyway. In National Review recently

it was reported that in Britain, theft of materials from buildings and public

structures has mushroomed, including the theft of items from cathedrals. The

writer complained that in Britain, people understand that certain behaviors are

wrong because they are illegal, but many fewer people anymore understand the more

profound truth that certain things had been made illegal because they are wrong.

Various other published sources indicate that Great Britain today has become the

citidal of spiritual illiteracy and moral spinelessness. In April 2007 it was

reported in a Christian News article entitled "Lack of Babies -- Churches are

Dying", how the birth rate among a number of Christian denominations (in the United

States) is well below the replacement rate, and these denominations are dying as a

result. Although we believe in separation of church and state, it would appear that

this phenomenon does not: the phenomenon extends beyond the walls of the church,

corroding also civil society by creating a deficit of children coming on to replace

those people who are heading for attrition by time, which is having all sorts of

negative effects. This population deficit is however not only in the United States,

but plagues especially Europe. Abortion has been cited as the cause; however the

phenomenon is taking place even within churches, in which abortion is undoubtedly

rare. Therefore it is not simply a matter of abortion, but of too many people

exercising their "Christian liberty" to have fewer children than they ought to.

What is the cause of all this? Part of the answer is undoubtedly a culture of

materialism, in which people have better things to do with their time than have

babies. But then again, that may not fully explain it, because aspects of the

culture and economy in the Western world today may interfere with a focus upon

procreation, even among people who would not consciously choose money and goods

over children. How? By affecting how we live our lives. Do cultural characteristics

peculiar to Western institutions of employment, of education, and of other

interpersonal encounters inhibit marriage, or when they do not inhibit marriage, do

they still inhibit husband-wife relationships? (There is also some question as to

whether economic errors committed by our government interfere with the having of

children, a subject which is not spiritual but which nonetheless affects whether

children are born. This would be another aspect of the question of whether we live

in an anti-child culture.)



THE ROBUST ANTI-CHURCH:

Meanwhile, many Western nations are importing large numbers of workers, often from

Third World countries where Christianity is rare or obscure, to fill in the labor

vacuum. Particularly in Europe, although also in America, this population is often

Muslim. It is reported that Islamic radicals in Muslim nations are siezing this

opportunity to do "mission work", an important aspect of which is demographics.

Despite the anti-sexual and anti-woman aspect of so much of radical Islam, this

culture is considerably more fertile than what is typical in Western society,

including churches. The long term consequences of this are sobering. Muslims do

not understand the freedom within the spiritual kingdom of Christ. That may be why

they also do not believe in the separation of church and state, nor in the freedom

of religion, nor the freedom of speech and press, nor the right of the people

peaceably to assemble and petition the government for the redress of grievances.

Muslim immigrants typically are not assimilating into Western societies even while

now amounting to a significant fraction of the population in Europe, and

demographics say that they will only become more prevalent there.

Also, the Western world is becoming heavily dependent, for all kinds of important

goods, upon nations whose governments and cultures are anything but free, thereby

strengthening the hand of this sort of governance in the world -- governance which

will likely make itself increasingly felt within the "free world" through the ever

expanding jurisdiction of world trade alliances and bodies. Among the things which

may come to be regulated by such bodies in the interest of "fair trade", are health

care policy including life issues, education as it pertains to assuring "equality"

and "fairness" in human relations that may affect trade (which is to say, all human

relations), and the roles of men, women, and others in "places of employment".

Every one of these things can be construed as affecting employment, and therefore

as a fit object for regulation by treaties made with nations of perverse cultures

and perverse political systems. Additionally, even today in the so called free

world there are, in some countries, laws for the alledged purpose of protecting the

public from "defamation" and "hate", which would be unconstitutional by U.S.

standards precisely because they do not allow the open and robust debate of moral

issues or other issues of importance. Such repressiveness may be brought more and

more into the United States and other free countries, as a result of increasingly

incestuous relations between incompatible cultures in the interest of propping up

the economies of decaying Western nations. All this threatens in the long term the

outlook for civil liberty, in which God ordinarily would wish the church to be able

to operate (1 Timothy 2:2).

This dismal picture is being fueled by Western decadence: Western materialism,

Western irresponsibility, Western incompetence, Western ignorance, Western poverty

of thought, and Western infertility are all mightily fueling the rise of all this

evil.

Despite this serious threat, much of the church spends lots of its time talking

about how to bail itself out of its latest budget shortfall, and get by a little

longer on dwindling resources. Why is the church so visionless?
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Hello! [18 Oct 2007|02:37pm]

wiscck
[ mood | cheerful ]

Hi, everyone!

I know this community isn't very active (or active at all), but I thought I'd let you know about this.

For the last two years I taught at a WELS high school, but I had a limited-length call that expired. After some setbacks, I was given the opportunity to serve with Christian Volunteer Corps, which is the international side of WELS Kingdom Workers. I am currently living in Tai Po, which is in the New Territory of Hong Kong, just a few miles from the Chinese border. I am working with LifeNet, which operates a seminary to train pastors in Hong Kong, and also places native English speakers in schools to teach English. Right now I am teaching in a Lutheran school in Tai Po, and part of my job will also be to travel to China and teach in schools that do not have a native English speaker.

I have started a Livejournal, ck_in_hk, to chronicle my time here in Hong Kong. If you are interested in finding out more about the mission work that we do here, or even what life is like for a Westerner in Hong Kong, feel free to friend me. I'm keeping all of the journal entries unlocked, so feel free to spread the word to anyone you think might be interested. Right now there aren't too many entries; I'm still getting used to living here, plus I've been busy at school.

God's blessings!

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Hi [28 May 2007|01:26pm]

nuttynugget
Does anyone post in here ... ever?
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[01 Aug 2006|04:34pm]

mrheartbreak
Hey I'm Dan,
I've just started attending Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church (WELS) in Birmingham, AL. I was going to an LCMS congregation before, and before that I was Roman Catholic. I thank God for bringing me to a truly biblical Synod like the WELS. Just wondering if anyone else her is of the high church/Evangelical Catholic variety as I am. I know this is not that common in our Synod. It's a little on the Pietist side (My only gripe so far).
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[20 Jul 2006|05:22pm]

wiscck
Hi guys. I'm a teacher in a WELS school in the Twin Cities, and it's great to see a WELS presence on the Internet.
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[06 Jul 2006|08:40pm]

hazyxeyes
Hello!
I just joined, & I was wondering if this community is still active.
I'm from Milwaukee & attend Salem Lutheran Church.
If anyone wants to add me, just leave a comment (my journal is friends only) & I would be more than happy to add you. I would really love to have more Christians (& especially WELS Lutherans) on my list.
:)
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Prayer List [26 Apr 2006|07:27pm]

suzume234
[ mood | worried ]

I haven't introduced myself. my nickname is Eva. I am a student in college. Nice to meet everyone

I know nobody posts to this anymore. I was wondering... Since exams are coming up. Could we start a prayer list? I know could use some people praying for me

~Eva~

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[22 Sep 2005|01:18pm]

art_nerd84
I'm a WELS member over in MO, just wanted to say Hi everyone!
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In the news... [12 Apr 2005|01:13pm]

sm00bs
My boyfriend pointed this out to me today.

He asked me, "How can they all call themselves Lutherans if they disagree so vastly on such basic principles?"

Good question, isn't it? Would anyone care to answer that one?
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Hi [19 Feb 2005|08:20am]

rechtglaubig
Just found this place, I am a WELS member. Hello everyone.

::waves::

:-D
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hey [03 Dec 2004|11:16pm]

jmaddrummer
[ mood | thankful ]

I go to a wels church in APpleton, Wisconsin and this wels Live JOurnal is a really good idea. More people can learn about the mission of WELS. Whoever had this idea. 2 thumbs up. God Bless You.

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[02 Dec 2004|02:32pm]

lutheran
New name http://www.luthernews.info
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[02 Nov 2004|11:37am]

lutheran
If you want to know more about missionary activity in Russia, read the lutheranLHM`s news and prayer BLOG
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[01 Nov 2004|05:12pm]

meganisqueen
[ mood | jubilant ]

happy day after reformation day!!!! 154 years and still going strong!

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This is awsome [22 Oct 2004|07:47pm]

suzume234
It's nice to see that the WELS is spreading the ministry on the internet. Who Came up with this idea?
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Interviews... [10 Oct 2004|03:13pm]

_nix_
[ mood | busy ]

Hello there. :D I was wondering if perhaps any of you would be so kind enough as to help me with a project I'm doing for school. My assignment is to interview a member of the Protestant faith and ask them questions about not only their faith, but the history of the church as well.

(I would be GREATLY appreciative if you took the time to answer these questions--even if only briefly.) *hands you brownies* Thank you so much for your help. ^.^

The Questions...Collapse )

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hi? [16 Sep 2004|02:35pm]

quixoticone86
[ mood | good ]

hi... my name's tim... and i am an lcms lutheran in alaska...
i used to have a wels church near me in fairbanks (alaska), and i was just curious what the differences and such were between lcms and wels...

we didnt seem to hang out/socialize with that congergation all that much, if at all... and we did with the elca churches... at least more so. just curious :S

also, is it ok if i join this community anyhow?

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[08 Aug 2004|02:49pm]

meganisqueen
I've been pondering this idea for quite some time now. I've been Lutheran my entire life. (17 years) I used to be a Missouri synod Lutheran in Michigan but when my family moved to Washington, we converted to WELS. I attended private school from K thru 8th grade. I've gone to church almost every Sunday of my life, give gladly and regularly to the offering, and teach Sunday School and VBS. I do not live a sheltered life, but I simply cannot understand how a person can live without recognizing God. How do people get by day to day without believing? Don't they feel alone and unloved? What if they have questions? How do they feel about death? I would be so alone and empty if I didn't have my faith.




By the way, my name is Megan. I attend Christ the King Lutheran Church in Bremerton, WA.

That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10
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[06 Jul 2004|11:33pm]

agentredhead
Hey...
I was just wondering if any of you have heard of a retreat called Badger Teens Encounter Christ..aka..TEC? Or even if you have heard of TEC at all. Just wondering...

"I lift up my eyes to the hills- where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord." --Psalm 121:1-2

Your Friend,
Jason
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[30 Jun 2004|10:34pm]

agentredhead
Hey Guys! I just wanted to say hi because I just joined this community. My name is Jason and I go to St. Mary's Lutheran Church in Kenosha, WI. I'm looking forward to chatting with all you guys!

Your Friend,
Jason
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