Dear Church: Time Is Running Out

Dear Church: Time Is Running Out April 16, 2019

The signs are obvious. There’s not much time left for us to correct our course before it’s too late.

Young people are leaving the faith in record numbers

Political divisions have created a fractured and broken church community

Evangelical churches are growing older and less relevant

Most young people say that politics in the pulpit is driving them away from church 

And they’re  not coming back.

So, that’s why I’ve decided to do something.

First, I’m teaching a 3 week course through BeADisciple.com and Southwestern College to help pastors and other church leaders understand the problem.

United We Stand is an online class that runs 5 days a week starting Monday, April 22. We’ll walk through each chapter of my book “Jesus Untangled: Crucifying Our Politics To Pledge Allegiance To The Lamb” together, and engage in online discussions to learn how the Christian Church in America got so entangled with politics, and how we can break free to find unity again – and get back to our original mission to live out the reality of the Gospel of Christ.

Learn more about the online class and register HERE

The second thing I’m doing is to travel to different churches around the nation this summer to host “United We Stand” events.

So far we’ve set up meetings in these cities:

El Paso, TX – May 19 – First Presbyterian Church [Free Admission]

Costa Mesa, CA – June 22 – First United Methodist Church [Registration $19.99]

New dates are pending in Atlanta, GA, Phoenix, AZ, Cincinnati, OH and Boise, ID at the moment.

If you’re interested in having me come to speak to your church about this important topic, please visit: www.FaithandPolitics.us

Or send an email to Quoir Author Management: Barrett@quoir.com

The bottom line is this: If we sit back and do nothing, the Church will continue to become more divided, more irrelevant to the next generation, and have less impact on our community for the Gospel of Christ.

The time to heal is now. The time to crucify our politics is now.

Tomorrow will be too late.

**

Keith Giles was formerly a licensed and ordained minister who walked away from organized church 11 years ago, to start a home fellowship that gave away 100% of the offering to the poor in the community. Today, He and his wife live in Meridian, Idaho, awaiting their next adventure.

His new book “Jesus Unbound: Liberating the Word of God from the Bible”, is available now on Amazon and features a Foreword by author Brian Zahnd.

He is also the author of the Amazon best-seller, “Jesus Untangled: Crucifying Our Politics To Pledge Allegiance To The Lamb” with a Foreword by Greg Boyd.

Keith also co-hosts the Heretic Happy Hour Podcast on iTunes and Podbean. 

BONUS: Want to unlock exclusive content including blog articles, short stories, music, podcasts, videos and more? Visit my Patreon page.

Join me this summer at one of these upcoming events:

*El Paso, TX – May 19 “United We Stand”

*Costa Mesa, CA – June 22 “United We Stand”

*Hot Springs, NC – July 11-14 “Wild Goose Festival”

Want Keith to come speak at your church or in your home town? Learn more HERE

 

 

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  • Old me

    Keith, America needs this.Thanks !

  • None of those assertions at the beginning are true of evangelicalism but very accurate for “progressive ” churches.

  • R/R 2016

    Hurry! Hurry! Hurry! Book me for a retread of tired blog-baked opinion. The direction of Christianity depends upon it.

    Not only do I not trust your analysis enough to give you control of the conversation (or my money), but marketing this kind of urgency is off-putting. It makes you come across as horribly self-important. If we sit back and do nothing (and ignore you), God will still be God. Whether he or his church is “relevant” has no command over his activity in the world’s history.

    “Tomorrow will be too late.” LOL! Okay, Keith.

  • Every linked statistic and claim in this article is speaking only of mainline Evangelical church, not for “Progressive” churches.

  • Certainly the future of Christianity does not depend on me. [Thank God]. And Churches certainly do not need to book me to save themselves. But this is what I’m doing to turn the tide. What are you doing? What are our churches doing? Are they ignoring the problem? If so, that’s not going to work.

  • I know, but they’re inaccurate. Patheos recently had an article with data showing evangelicals aren’t losing numbers. The other stuff is wrong too.

  • R/R 2016

    Well, Keith, what you’re doing to turn the tide sure looks a lot like marketing. Tomorrow will be too late, and yet, strangely, there is time to complete a registration process, get on your calendar, and sit through a three-week study group for your book. How convenient for you.

  • Armed Citizen

    what’s most sad is that this is spelled out clearly in the Bible and most don’t realize that these politics not only have no place in the church – they bring down the church!
    also – most can’t see that the papacy is running the show. the evangelicals are all bowing to the papacy and hardly anyone digs into Scripture enough to see and prove these Truths.

    Maranatha!

  • Are you serious? Where does the article mention evangelicals? Yes, “progressive” churches have been declining for a century. Catholic churches have cratered because of the sex abuse scandals. But evangelical churches are not declining.

  • So…if I share reports from Barna, Christianity Today, the Atlantic, etc. that show Evangelical Churches in decline they are wrong. But if I share something that shows Progressive Churches in decline I’m right? Gotcha.

  • That’s not fair. The article you linked to didn’t mention evangelicals at all and you have not presented any that do. However Patheos did publish a study last week showing that evangelicals are not in decline.

  • Do Southern Baptists meet your definition of “Evangelical Christians”? If so, then this link [referenced in the article above] DOES mention the decline of Southern Baptists: https://baptistnews.com/article/southern-baptists-lost-million-members-10-years/#.XLYCgehKjIW

  • Just-a-me

    I’m just gonna leave this here.

    Say what you want about politics being involved, it’s also clearly concentrated in the majority of Leftist-bent churches.
    Stop encouraging people to wield swords branded “for government” and stop substituting inclusiveness in the kingdom of God with embracing explicitly sinful behavior, and you could watch church numbers grow and substance abuse and suicide rates fall.

  • Just-a-me
  • Yes the SBC has hit a rough patch after decades of good growth but those who leave go to other evangelical churches according to the article on evangelicals. The issue is evangelicals not one group.

  • Ivan T. Errible

    So this means you’re going to stop taking tax breaks? They’re already talking about this in some cities-if it’s not directly used for religious ceremonies, church owned buildings being taxed at the same rate as everyone else.

  • Ocelot Aardvark

    Precisely my dissatisfaction with this entire Patheos-Bloggery Website. Every time I read an article, it’s someone shilling their book or selling tickets to something or other. Enough already! Didn’t Jesus kick the money-changers OUT of His House?

  • Ocelot Aardvark

    Baloney! It is the far-reich-conservative “Harlot of Babylon” fake-christian churches, that in 2016, 81% of their members went over to the
    Dark Side and aligned themselves with that hideous-monstrous, obscene-orange-oaf, TЯ卐m₽ >–> the Beast. – Revelation 18:4