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Way of Life:Cultural Factors in the Weakening of Churches

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The following material is excerpted from THE DISCIPLING CHURCH: THE CHURCH THAT WILL STAND UNTIL JESUS COMES . Available in print or as a free eBook from www.wayoflife.org.
Following are some of the factors that have weakened the character of Bible-believing churches over the past 70 years and helped create a mixed multitude philosophy.
Theological Liberalism
Confidence in the Bible was weakened by theological liberalism and Darwinian evolution, and this greatly affected the spiritual power of churches.
Though liberalism took many forms, its essence is an attack upon the authority of the Bible.
The Northern Baptists became liberal in theology at the beginning of the 20th century. (They were known as the Northern Baptist Convention until 1950, when the name was changed to American Baptist Convention.) For example, in 1918, Harry Emerson Fosdick, pastor of the influential Riverside Church in New York City, published
The Manhood of the Master , denying that Jesus Christ is God. In 1926, the Northern Baptist Convention voted by .. Read More

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