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Old November 19th, 2017, 05:23 AM   #1
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The Death of Christianity in the U.S.

The Death of Christianity in the U.S.

By Miguel De La Torre | November 13, 2017

Christianity has died in the hands of Evangelicals. Evangelicalism ceased being a religious faith tradition following Jesus’ teachings concerning justice for the betterment of humanity when it made a Faustian bargain for the sake of political influence. The beauty of the gospel message — of love, of peace and of fraternity — has been murdered by the ambitions of Trumpish flimflammers who have sold their souls for expediency. No greater proof is needed of the death of Christianity than the rush to defend a child molester in order to maintain a majority in the U.S. Senate.

Evangelicals have constructed an exclusive interpretation which fuses and confuses white supremacy with salvation. Only those from the dominant culture, along with their supposed inferiors who with colonized minds embrace assimilation, can be saved. But their salvation damns Jesus. To save Jesus from those claiming to be his heirs, we must wrench him from the hands of those who use him as a façade from which to hide their phobias — their fear of blacks, their fear of the undocumented, their fear of Muslims, their fear of everything queer.

Evangelicalism has ceased to be a faith perspective rooted on Jesus the Christ and has become a political movement whose beliefs repudiate all Jesus advocated. A message of hate permeates their pronouncements, evident in sulphurous proclamations like the Nashville Statement, which elevates centuries of sexual dysfunctionalities since the days of Augustine by imposing them upon Holy Writ. They condemn as sin those who express love outside the evangelical anti-body straight jacket.

Evangelicalism’s unholy marriage to the Prosperity Gospel justifies multi-millionaire bilkers wearing holy vestments made of sheep’s clothing who discovered being profiteers rather than prophets delivers an earthly security never promised by the One in whose name they slaughter those who are hungry, thirsty and naked, and the alien among them. Christianity at a profit is an abomination before all that is Holy. From their gilded pedestals erected in white centers of wealth and power, they gaslight all to believe they are the ones being persecuted because of their faith.

Evangelicalism’s embrace of a new age of ignorance, blames homosexuality for Harvey’s rage rather than considering the scientific consequences climate change has on the number of increasing storms of greater and greater ferocity. To ignore the damage caused to God’s creation so the few can profit in raping Mother Earth causes celebrations in the fiery pits of Gehenna.

Evangelicalism forsakes holding a sexual predator, an adulterer, a liar and a racist accountable, instead serving as a shield against those who question POTUS’ immorality because of some warped reincarnation of Cyrus. Laying holy hands upon the incarnation of the very vices Jesus condemned to advance a political agenda — instead of rebuking and chastising in loving prayer — has prostituted the gospel in exchange for the victory of a Supreme Court pick.

Evangelicalism either remained silent or actually supported Charlottesville goose steppers because they protect their white privilege with the doublespeak of preserving heritage, leading them to equate opponents of fascist movements with the purveyors of hatred. Jesus has yet recovered from the vomiting induced by the Christian defenders of torch-wielding white nationalists calling for “blood-and-soil.”

The Evangelicals’ Jesus is satanic, and those who hustle this demon are “false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve” (2 Cor. 11:13-15, NIV).

You might wonder if my condemnation is too harsh. It is not, for the Spirit of the Lord has convicted me to shout from the mountaintop how God’s precious children are being devoured by the hatred and bigotry of those who have positioned themselves as the voice of God in America.

As a young man, I walked down the sawdust aisle at a Southern Baptist church and gave my heart to Jesus. Besides offering my broken heart, I also gave my mind to understanding God, and my arm to procuring God’s call for justice. I have always considered myself to be an evangelical, but I can no longer allow my name to be tarnished by that political party masquerading as Christian. Like many women and men of good will who still struggle to believe, but not in the evangelical political agenda, I too no longer want or wish to be associated with an ideology responsible for tearing humanity apart. But if you, dear reader, still cling to a hate-mongering ideology, may I humbly suggest you get saved.

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This piece reminds me of the song by Bon Jovi: You Give Love a Bad Name
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YOu're right - I hadn't thought of that!
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Surely there have never been more than a tiny minority of Christians in the US, or how could you have had slavery and your current racism?
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Currently, 85% of American self-identify as Christian.
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Currently, 85% of American self-identify as Christian.
So? They are all seven feet high too - ask 'em!
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Christianity died when they added magical stories.
When it wasn't enough to say loving your fellow man was the most important thing, when they had to say "the guy who told us that was born from a virgin, could heal the sick, raise the dead, and rose from the dead and flew off to heaven"

That's when they lost it, when they started lying to make passing the collection plate a more lucrative endeavor.
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Currently, 85% of American self-identify as Christian.
Apparently it's just a convenient and traditional label for most people.
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Currently, 85% of American self-identify as Christian.
Several polling firms have looked at this. A Pew Research poll with data from 2003 to 2013 shows a slow but constant decline in church attendance by self-identified christians down to 37% by 2013. What surveys say about worship attendance ? and why some stay home | Pew Research Center

The Barna Group which Wikipedia describes as an evangelical Christian polling firm in 2016 concluded that among self-identifying christians, only 31% "regularly practice their faith". https://www.barna.com/research/state-church-2016/
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Several polling firms have looked at this. A Pew Research poll with data from 2003 to 2013 shows a slow but constant decline in church attendance by self-identified christians down to 37% by 2013. What surveys say about worship attendance ? and why some stay home | Pew Research Center

The Barna Group which Wikipedia describes as an evangelical Christian polling firm in 2016 concluded that among self-identifying christians, only 31% "regularly practice their faith". https://www.barna.com/research/state-church-2016/
The Barna Group which Wikipedia describes as an evangelical Christian polling firm in 2016 concluded that among self-identifying christians, only 31% "regularly practice their faith

I'm not saying it isn't true but I don't find this statistic in either the article or the graphs?
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