John Piper recently posted some thoughts on the rapid decline of mainline Protestant churches in America based on an article by Joseph Bottom at First Things. Check it out here. I especially liked Pipers’ closing emphasis on the dangers of doctrinal accommodation, directed especially to younger believers. His 2 Kings reference is spot on, too:
“I pray that the younger evangelicals who are pondering where to put their energies will learn from history that doctrinal accommodation brings larger audiences in the short run but death and irrelevance in the long run.
“And God forbid that any should say with Hezekiah: Who cares if the death comes in 80 years as long as I have crowds and influence in my day (2 Kings 20:19, paraphrased).”