Misreading the Writing on the Wall

Ed Stetzer points out a concerning trend:

“Here are the facts: North America is the only continent in the world where the church is not growing. In North America, the church is in decline. Some even claim it is dying. Most denominations — including evangelical denominations — are shrinking.”

I had a hard time tracking with the rest of his post where he analyzes this trend.

When it comes to diagnosing the problems in the Evangelical church in the West, I tend to agree with Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola:

“We believe that the major disease of the church today is JDD: Jesus Deficit Disorder. The person of Jesus is increasingly politically incorrect, and is being replaced by the language of ‘justice,’ ‘the kingdom of God,’ ‘values,’ and ‘leadership principles.'”