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美國聯合衛理公會牧師反思跟隨耶穌的困難

In this year of visiting churches, I have become increasingly aware that people are very much drawn to church groups with tight doctrinal standards. As many have noted, these are the ones that still show growth both in the US and overseas. The more theologically progressive mainline denominations with looser theological boundaries are indeed declining in numbers.

The more rapidly growing churches rarely ordain women. Female voices are generally excluded from any top level decision-making bodies. Many are almost viciously anti-gay; others welcome the gay/lesbian population but make it clear that the so-called “homosexual lifestyle” will not be tolerated nor will any same-sex marriages be performed there.

Even though there are major differences in theology, almost all of them declare that they are truly “biblical” in belief and world-view. The major idea is to “get people saved and into heaven.” Social justice issues take far less importance.

What draws people to these places?

I think such churches make life much, much easier for their adherents. Here’s why:

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