What Repentance for the Church Looks Like Today

I’m asked pretty often what I see for the future of organized religion, and Christianity in the West in particular. Given the fact that I am in the process of completing a book called “ postChristian ,” some people make assumptions that I am convinced it’s all going away.

Granted, Christianity has experienced precipitous decline, and the drop-off likely is far from done. Before we see any leveling-off within the institutional church, there will be many more church closures, consolidation of shrinking denominations, and an increasing number of people called to, and already working in, ministry who supplement their income with some non-ministerial side vocation.

So what do we, who still operate within the system of a declining religion, do about our situation?

This is an exclusive I wrote for Sojourners. Read the full article HERE.

About Christian Piatt

Christian Piatt is the creator and editor of BANNED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BIBLE and BANNED QUESTIONS ABOUT JESUS. He has a memoir on faith, family and parenting called PREGMANCY: A Dad, a Little Dude and a Due Date, and Hachette published his first hardcover book, "postChristian: What's left? Can we fix it? Do we care?" in 2014. His first novel, "Blood Doctrine," has been optioned by a Hollywood production company for a possible TV series.

Christian is the cofounder and cohost of the Homebrewed CultureCast, a podcast about popular culture, current events and spirituality that has a weekly audience of 25,000 people (http://homebrewedchristianity.com/category/culturecast/).

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  • Al Cruise

    Sit back and really think about it, wealth means real power in our culture in this day and age. Using that bit of scripture about the rich young man talking to Jesus, means absolutely nothing to the real 1% who have 98 plus percent of the real wealth. By real wealth I mean wealth that can create real jobs, better health care better education, raise the standard of living for everyone. They control the the game now not the Church. People sitting in Church Sunday morning, I would suggest are preoccupied with, will I get job, will I have money for retirement, for my children’s education, a major medical expense and so on. They go through the motions at Church, praying, singing, listening to the message with real sincerity, but it’s their wealth or lack of wealth that really controls their lives whether they want it to or not.

  • diana flores

    uhm..actually,idont know about this one ..im just confusing wat is it?

  • http://youtube.com/user/BowmanFarm Brian Bowman

    Goodbye superstitious (“Platonic,” as Jefferson called it) Christianity.

    “The euthanasia of platonic christianity: Thomas Jefferson, Plato, religion and human freedom” Gregory Lawrence Knittel, San Jose State University, 1993