The following is an excerpt from a blog post by J.D. Geear.
Study after study shows that most Christians have never even shared their faith—most indicating that somewhere 90 percent of evangelicalshave never shared their faith with anyone outside of their family. (Kind of makes you wonder how we get away with using the name “evangelical”!)
Most churches have a difficult time maintaining their ground, much less storming anything that belongs to Satan. Gates, after all, are defensive ramparts, not offensive weapons. “Prevailing against the gates of hell” does not mean keeping Satan out of our backyards, but plundering hiskingdom. According to a recent Lifeway Research study, in the next seven years 55,000 churches in the United States will close their doors, and the number of those who attend a church on the weekend in the United States will drop from 17 percent to 14 percent. Only 20 percent of churches in the US are growing, and only 1 percent are growing by reaching lost people. So 95 percent of the church growth we celebrate merely shuffles existing Christians around.
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