The Welcome Extinction of a Dinosaur Church

Extinction happens.

All creatures eventually die out. No matter how much they temporarily flourish, over time they all become nothing but memories preserved in photos and fossils.

The Church in America as we know it is on such borrowed time. It recently managed to buy a four-year stay of execution from the Electoral Collage, but the writing has been on the wall for a long time: the Religious Right here is in its last days—and thank God for that.

This Bible Belt-dwelling dinosaur has long known that its demise was coming. While outwardly it appeared to be thriving over the past few decades, the attrition below the surface was and is undeniable: weekly attendance has steadily declined, favorable population demographics are shifting, cultural values are outpacing it, Science is continually challenging it. Its once seemingly endless territory is eroding, with now discarded buildings filling the landscape; dusty museums to what once ruled the land.

And as with all animals backed into a corner and facing destruction, it has become fully desperate trying to save itself. It has ratcheted up its rhetoric, doubled down on damnation, and gone all in on fear in the hopes of rallying its own for one last frantic effort at staving off extinction.

This is why it’s made its bed with a President without morals, why it has sold its soul for a Supreme Court seat, why it is frantically overreaching right now with its political advantage, why it is in perpetual attack mode—because it knows that these things are all that it has left. It is flailing wildly trying to postpone what it inevitable, but it cannot.

Like all doomed species, this white, vicious, myopic dinosaur church will surely die because evolution is killing it—
the evolution of a humanity that recognizes:
that diversity is not the enemy,
that spirituality is bigger than a single religious tradition,
that redemptive faith cannot be the author of hatred for its brother,
that Whoever or Whatever God is, it must be more compassionate than what this thing has become.

In these last of its days, the dinosaur will make a grand, horrifying display. It will scream and lash out violently. It will thrash itself about and it will attempt to appear ferocious—but on the inside it is terrified. Its preachers will boldly speak of God giving them the victory, they will spit Scriptures and forecast alternative endings, but these things will not matter. The massive meteor of time and progress is hurling toward them and their eyes are widening.

And for those of us who truly love Humanity, whether in the name of God or simply in that name of that humanity itself, this is all beautiful news. Because every thing that dies allows something new to be born—and something is being born in these moments: compassion is being birthed in our midst. We are moving into a golden age of empathy, where people will not allow religion to become a barrier any longer; where color and orientation and nation of origin are not deal breakers or justifications for separation—they are worth celebrating.

And so yes, let the dinosaur posture and screech, but know that its end is surely near.

This is the twilight of one day and the dawn of another— and we are a people waking up to who we are together.

The sun is rising and we are the caretakers of the coming day.

Be encouraged.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

78 thoughts on “The Welcome Extinction of a Dinosaur Church

    • 1 Timothy 4:1-3
      But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron, men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth.

      • Yeah. Its no surprise. God prophesied the falling away of the Church. Nothing new under the sun. Jesus is coming soon. Be sober and about the Fathers business. No fears. God is separating the wheat from the chaff.

        • I do not see an attack in Pavlovitz’s words. Churches have actively turned away from Jesus in favor of further empowering and enriching those who control society. As an increasing number of people come to understand this, they realized that the church is misleading them. The focus is to be on following Jesus. It is not to follow the church or its leaders. Jesus and the prophets before him said as much many times.

  1. Oh, how I hope you are right. Its adherents, though…well, I also hope they relax their fevered defenses to let facts in and discover that they’re not injured by truth.

  2. Just like england and germany

    as you acctpt the false gods, religeons, lies promoted for diversity, acceptance and mankind love
    God has made prophecy’s and they will be foretold, and come to pass.
    The church age is about to end and the rapture of True Believers will happen.
    Those who believe, trust, given up on the worldly pleasures to follow a higher calling, denying worldly lust and passion that leads to death.
    Rapture, then 7 years of Tribulation 3.5, 3.5 = 7 the complete number of God .

  3. Amen! To everything there is a season. I believe that God allows things to happen to teach and instruct his children. After all, the cruel death of Jesus was allowed to change the whole course of humanity. Some of the most peaceful times occur after storms. I’m excited to live in what Pastor John terms the “golden age of empathy.” I can hardly wait. How exciting! Meanwhile, keep resisting.

  4. This is already in the Bible, the church will be raptured and those of you who are left behind will worship the anti christ until the judgement when all the non believers will be thrown into hell. in the last days men will be lovers of evil and that is where America is right now. Good going John you have called for the wiles of the Devil.

    • Please study some Church History. There is no such thing as the rapture. Pre-tribulation rapture theology was popularized extensively in the 1830s by John Nelson Darby and the Plymouth Brethren, and further popularized in the United States in the early 20th century by the wide circulation of the Scofield Reference Bible.

      The Early Church did not teach a doctrine of the rapture. Eastern Orthodoxy does not teach a doctrine of the rapture. The Medieval Church did not teach a doctrine of the rapture. The Reformers did not teach a doctrine of the rapture.

      What teaching there is consists of lifting a few texts completely out of their context. What’s more, let’s look at the fruit of such a teaching. It is in this teaching that we see the rationale that we don’t have to help anyone except those the Lord has favored with wealth because why bother with those who are going to left behind.

      It is a heresy created by the nineteenth century equivalent of a tele-evangelist to get the gullible and the superstitious to part with their money.

      • Don’t waste your time Gloriamarie, they won’t listen and they don’t care. I used to buy that bs until I started reading about church history and the jokers who made it up to scare their flock. Maybe they had good intentions, I don’t know. But facts are facts and history proves the rapture, tribulation period and all that stuff is just make believe.

        • Dear Lonnie Cavenee:

          Won’t listen?

          Don’t be so sure …

          Aeons ago, I pointed out to a Snob Clones Perversity teacher that the ‘falling away’ text [Paul’s letter to Thessaloníki] was in fact ‘apostasia.’ My question:

          How do you get ‘rapture’ out of ‘apostasia?’

          Should have seen the horror!

          The head shook ‘NO,’ and the mouth said…

          ‘I could lose my job!’

          Blessings!

    • john p. says… ‘We are entering the Age of Empathy.’ Thats Hinduism / New Age. (Not in the Bible. ) Actually the opposite is unfolding. Its plain by looking.

    • We have seen this happen. The church I grew up in is a vibrant, growing church, who has one of the most loving preachers, who as an aside is gay, has been the pastor for over 20 years and the church is growing by leaps and bounds and doing great work in it’s community and area, helping people in need, whoever they are, wherever they are in life. The other church is one we used to attend until the fundamentalists took over, that church used to be vibrant and is now dying on the vine. They had a thriving children’s program, now no children. Their attendance dropped in half and is continuing it’s downward spiral. The other church just keeps growing in numbers and committed people. So it shows what love can do as opposed to hate. Peace………….

        • Maybe a conversation with your Pope would be helpful… I believe he does not share your hardline worldview. And by the way, a gay pastor would not be living a LIE; he or she would be living his or her authentic and God-given identity. It’s time for the church to wake up the the realities of diversity in creation of gender and sexual identities. We don’t all fit the cookie cutter world you’ve come to believe in.

      • Kathleen, 2 Timothy 4:3 tells what is happening with what you are seeing. You are right in that hate is the driving factor for this shift in attendance between these two churches, but it’s the hate of knowing the truth that causes the increase of the apostate church’s attendance.

  5. It is up to every freedom-loving person, who prefers freedom of worship, freedom of choice, who cares about protecting women’s rights and equality for all, and advancing reason and scientific knowledge, to be aware and oppose this dinosaur.

    The goal of all religious extremists, regardless of faith, is always the same: Dominion.

  6. Love it!!
    Be prepared for a longer vigil than expected. This dinosaur has deep roots and lots of money. It will not go quietly or quickly, but the new vision also is growing roots faster and deeper that the expiring one and will become dominant. It will take incredibly hard work and devotion to come to pass. Remember how tragic the civil war was?? This could be worse in a metaphorical sense. Be prepared!

    A few years ago, the Barna Research Group conducted a study of young people asking them what they think of when they hear the word “Christian.” The top three answers were, “anti-gay,” “exclusive,” and “judgmental.”

  7. We all want what we want, and while I hope you are right (as it’s what I want too:) just remember that true evolution really does boil down to survival of the fittest. There is no final plan. God does not favor parts of creation over others. I too would like to believe that empathy and love are the “higher states of evolution” we are projected towards, but truthfully no one knows. Maybe we just need to convince ourselves of certain “truths” for own perceived sanity, but we should be careful not to aspire to some lofty new age ideals in the process, as they’re still mind created and not so unlike the archaic jargon of older religions, which are what led us to where we are today, for better or for worse.

    Think of life as a divine play, and we are merely actors creating the drama, romance, comedy, mystery and adventure together. Only the story never ends. Even as our sun dies and the earth burns up, new planets are being formed and new life is continuously evolving across the cosmos. We are not the center of the universe. Nothing is as big or important in our heads as we think it is.

    But that’s not to say you don’t keep playing your human role, as clearly and authentically as you can. Who you are is how you are meant to be. And maybe we are all loving and empathetic by default, maybe there is some “greater plan”. But it won’t be because some holy book said so. Of all the infinite possible realities the universe can manifest, one is no more or less likely to occur than another at any given point in time, and in time, everything will be.

    So enjoy your life! If you want to know truth, if you want to fulfill your “purpose” get in touch with the real you, the you underneath the layers and stories and beliefs. The you that is free and open and desires connection, and knows what to do without a thought. The you that doesn’t try to control and hasn’t a worry about the trajectory of the state of the world because this real you has a deeper Trust and an acceptance of this bizarre experience we know so precious little of, in the grander scheme. This You wants only to be a conduit for the current of Life.

    Eventually we’ll all go the way of the dinosaurs. Let’s make the most of our time together while we still have the chance.

    But can we please agree on love?

    • Someone on this blog also posted the following about the catholic church:
      “There are no restrictions regarding color or nationality or class or gender”.
      I would add: … unless you’re using birth control to limit the size of your family. Women should just keep spitting out little catholics.
      …unless you’re divorced and remarried.
      …unless you think women should have the right to control their own bodies.
      …unless you’re gay.

  8. Speaking of dinosaur churches. Did anyone read about that church in North Carolina. If not, I have the article about it up on my blog. This article put me in a really bad mood this morning:

    https://faith17983.wordpress.com/

    I am going out to lunch. If any Christian fundamentalist or conservative evangelical gives me any sh*t while I am out, I may slug them hard as I can and run them through with the closest sharp object I can find.

    You people should be ashamed of yourselves for allowing your “own people” to birth this living human garbage in North Carolina—but you know what—most of you are cowards who sit around shaking in your shoes. I bet you do not even have enough guts to speak out publicly and condemn this church. This church is a perfect example of why your fundie churches are dying and why they are going to continue to die—until none are left. All of you have become the sons and daughters of Satan and you are too blind to even see it—-because you have that:

    “Old Time Country Tent revival Religion that Momma Taught Me”

    Well FU and F momma too!!!

  9. John P, you are one of my heroes. If I were still attending a Christian church, I would want to come to yours. Oh wait, I already am–and like MY spirituality, it’s a daily interaction.
    I have a long history with Christianity. I was baptized Southern Baptist at the age of 7. I have attended Methodist and Lutheran churches. I have belonged to Presbyterian churches. And I converted to Catholicism in 1991. That’s 30 years’ worth of time. It is important to note that while I did participate in the sacraments and activities of each brand of Christianity, I always had questions that no one could answer. When I was 38 years old, I divorced an abusive man and in the time when I needed the Church the most, it turned its back on me because I was a divorcee. I was no longer allowed to take Communion, the graphic sacrament of common unity, the connections to the Sacred and to each other.
    So I searched for a spiritual path, rather than a religious one (I consider those two things to be very different. You can have one without the other.). I now identify as a Tibetan Zen Buddhist; I believe in a Sacred Divine or Sacred Source, somewhere, “out there”. I follow a path that lets me honor the sacred everywhere and in everyone–including me. I believe that even the most evil, most vile human beings are sacred beings; their actions deny their own knowledge of this. (Sort of like, “love the sinner, hate the sin”, I suppose.)
    While I have found a spiritual practice that answers my questions, does not condemn me just for living, and helps me honor the sacred wherever I find it, I have been watching the Christian church for lo, unto these 16 years. It makes me sad that the numbers attending are steadily decreasing, because that alone identifies and signifies that the message of Jesus Christ is no longer the guiding force. His message was so simple: love your God, love your neighbor. He set 6 tasks for his followers (Matt 25:31-46) which can be summed up as “ACTIVE compassion for all”.
    The RELIGION of Christianity has outstripped the spirituality. (I chose the term “outstripped” as being the word I wanted, then I realized that it was a double entendre, as in “out-stripped”, a contest between strippers. Still an appropriate meaning.) They have turned their eyes away from their God and his words–and his son. They have become the money traders in the temple–and the Carpenter would throw them out just as fast as he did the first time.
    Your words give me hope that once the RELIGION of Christianity fails (spectacularly), people can re-meet and rekindle a spiritual relationship with a man, perhaps the Son of God, although I don’t think that’s the most important part, and become Christ-ians, following his simple message: love your God, love your neighbor. And maybe this time around, they will discover that “your neighbor” is nothing less than the entire population of this world. Every single human being is your neighbor. None of those descriptive/pejorative words like color, gender, sexual orientation, economic class, political views, or any other word that divides us, need ever be spoken again.
    I like dinosaurs but they couldn’t survive in today’s world–mostly because the environment they needed was destroyed/changed, millions of years ago. The Dinosaur Christian Church is finding its environment changing and it won’t survive in a world that will not accommodate them any more.

    • Thank you, John. As always, your insights cut through the ubiquitous haze, smoke and mirrors espoused by the unconscious and unenlightened. I feel sad for them, as it brings to mind thoughts of an abandoned child, alone at night in a dark forest. In a state of intense terror of the unknown the child is rendered incapable of rational thought to the point of mistakenly hearing shouts of rescuers as the howling of ravenous wolves. Driven by the fear of death he can only react with greater howls of aggression to drive his imaginary wolves away. The rescuers are kept at bay and the child eventually dies of starvation, still terrified, lost, and alone.

      Charles, thank you for passing on the excellent links.

      JL Namaste, Kate GC – I arrived from different circumstances, but have found a very similar sacred existence without conflict of belief. It has taught me that the message is perfect, it’s only human egotistic dogma that presumes it’s self-appointed “special” interpretation is “correct” – the very proof that it is not.

    • Beautifully said Kate GC. While I’m don’t formally follow any one path, the Tibetan Buddhist tradition speaks most clearly to my heart and mind.

      John P spoke to and for a lot of people today and I thank him for his wisdom and compassion. It takes courage to face our fears and dig ourselves out from under the fairy tale of fundamentalist religious organizations, I expect – maybe hope is more accurate, we’ll see more and more who will find that courage as our world begins to generate more suffering under the current political movements of this country and Europe. It does seem it’s the last gasp of an animal ruled by hate and greed, unfortunately that’s when the dying animal is most dangerous. We will all be called on to act with compassion and generosity…

  10. John P., I hope and pray that you’re right. I for one would love to see fundamentalism put itself out of the world’s misery. It ruined the wonderful little small-town Methodist church I attended for years – turned it into a cold, self-righteous, uncaring and un-Christlike place that is now (from what I hear) on its last legs. They’ve caused far more harm than good, and I’d like to be able to say “good riddance to bad rubbish”.

  11. As a former fundy all I will say is it won’t come a minute too soon. Tell you what, I’m in a generous mood so I’ll save all you haters some time and effort by providing the old tired patented responses for you before hand: Boo Hoo, Sniff Sniff, Stop being mean to me, I’m the victim here, You hate God, You love evil, You love sin, You hate white Christians, You hate anyone who doesn’t agree with you, I know what God thinks and you don’t, I have the truth and you don’t, The Bible says this, The Bible says that, etc etc etc. You’re welcome.

    • Wrong!!! I have almost never seen them say that or anything like that. The ones I have encountered are just plain outspoken, loudmouthed, and mean as the Devil himself. And that is being generous to them.

  12. Thank you for this, John, and I truly hope what you’re saying comes to pass. Mainline Protestantism and possibly moderate to liberal non-denominational churches (should such exist) along with God are all I have left.

  13. Yes, the Church preaches against killing babies in the womb because they would much rather kill them on the sacrifice table in the vatican basement. The pope just shortened the sentences of pedophile priests, look at the case from Canada, look at the evidence, ITCC I believe is the site or International Common Law Court set up for crimes against church and state, all these sick pedophiles, human traffickers all that stuff leads right to the Vatican, one does not need to listen to or believe anybody only examine the evidence and make your own determination.

  14. I admit, I love tradition and can be somewhat dinosaur-ish. I will miss parts of the church. After reading this blog for some time (and perhaps believing its a fair representation of the church at large) and all the responses; the competiveness and arguing, I have to say I feel for the church’s pastors. Having to deal with the continuum before them. From “holiday saints”, “Sunday saints”, “quarterly saints”, to the “weekly faithful”. Congregants all in different places in their faith walk-stumbling-falling-heel-digging, biting states. I won’t argue that certain doctrinal interpretions set up environments of arrogance and exclusion. And there are pastors that encourage such. But I’ve come to the conclusion that, for the most part, we are responsible for the demise of the “church”. Our rightness has overcome our righteousness; I’m often guilty as charged. I believe that every Follower possesses the same heart of Christ and we aren’t listening to Him. There is no more collective awe. The awe is drowned out by right. What a shame. And because it’s Truly right, my little arms want to wipe my tears and comfort my neighbor but, admittedly, I have trouble reaching often.

    • Christian fundamentalism and conservative evangelicalism caught on fastest among poor, working class whites on the tail end of the Industrial Revolution. Think about it.

      You work in a coal mine. You feel like pond cum. You have about as much money to spend as pond scum does. The jack boot of your oppressive employer is always held hard against you neck as you lie beaten and supine on the ground. Your future is in hock at the company store. You hate the way you are treated, and you hate your employer even more.

      Then a religious movement comes along that says:

      “Come with me. I can make you feel important again. Better than that, I can make you better than everyone else. In our club, you are going to Heaven and nearly every other person on Earth is going to Hell. You can be an exclusive member of our highly exclusive IFB church. You can know your mean-spirited Episcopal boss is going to Hell because his church is apostate. Now isn’t that great? You have it over him now!!! On the final day, you can stand next to Jesus and have fun watching him cast your boss and all the coal company owners into Hell. You can hear their screams and derive great joy from their sounds. And the great part is, you know that is their fate right now—and they don’t. You see? You have “one-upped” them already!!!

      And sure. I know you are dirty, covered with coal soot, stink like all get out, and have not had a bath in over a year. Look at you. You look like a dirty animal, and your employer treats you like a dirty animal. It looks like Charles Darwin was right in your case. But hey, none of that Darwin stuff with our club. We can make you into a special creation of the most high God. We can restore a sense of personal worth and dignity to you. We can set you on a high pedestal of holiness above all other man. You can stand up there on that pedestal. taunt other men for their sins and dirtiness—and declare your exclusive cleanness to all mankind—that is—as long as you follow Biblical law carefully and can keep your sins under near 100 percent control.”

      It was the perfect religious message for poorly educated, dirty, smelly, down-and-out whites with 89 IQs—and they ran to it in droves like hogs to a slop trough because they were in such oppression and distress. The problems came later when the economically disadvantaged grandsons and granddaughters of these stampeding olf fundie hogs were given government grants and loans to attend college—and they started putting lipstick on fundie religion, dressing it up in a tuxedo, and trying to make it look respectable in the halls of the real, authentic, and traditional orthodox Christian faith—which the fundie faith never was. It was straight downhill after that and has become the plainly visible dinosaur it always was—but the grandfather and grandmother hogs were always too stupid and uneducated to understand.

      Fundie religion has outlived its usefulness today. The purpose of the real Church of Jesus Christ is to BOTH to save people from their sins AND demand that the coal mine owner and boss create safe working conditions, a fair work day, and a good middle class wage so people can live a clean and normal life with dignity.

      When the church is not doing BOTH of these things—it is NOT THE CHURCH.

      The problem with my church—the United Methodist Church—is that it does too little of the saving and puts nearly all of its emphasis on improving social conditions for the coal worker.

      The problem with the fundie churches is that they spend way too much time saving souls and way too little time improving social conditions for the coal workers.

      The American church—writ large and universal—is schizoid. That is the problem. The Body of Christ has been out of balance for 100 years—and the church will not be THE CHURCH and in complete harmony again—until it reachieves that critical balance that God clearly intended for it to have—if you read your New Testament. That schizoid condition of the church is clearly reflected in the 50-50 angst of American politics and its severe polarization. The Republican Party wants to save souls, but it does not want to feed people or supply healthcare (as Jesus demands). The Democrat Party wants to feed people and supply healthcare, but it cares little for saving souls. When that balance between the two is restored in our churches, it will be simultaneously restored in our politics—and the American church and American government will once again function as God intended.

      That’s what i think—and I am almost certain it is correct.

  15. When I was young- the family traveled (from Ogden) to Vernal Utah to visit Dinosaurland National Park- on one of the very few vacations my family ever took- because my father hated vacations with his family because he hated having a family. His god told him to procreate- but after he did he couldn’t stand being responsible for the ‘family’ he created- especially if it meant spending time with them.
    Anyway- I was wild for dinosaurs- and they’d built a structure around a wall of excavated dinosaur bones- so it was spectacular to see them up close. However- later in life- my father- who’d decided he knew everything there is to know about biblical christianity- could no longer reconcile the existence of those bones- with his assumption that the bible was telling the truth- the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
    So kids- your biblical god left the existence of dinosaurs out of his little story. I guess- because he didn’t know dinosaurs existed. Which- for an all-knowing all-powerful god- suggests that he is neither.
    There is no hell that your fictitious god is going to send anybody to. That’s man-made crap. The universe is bigger than your fictitious god could even imagine- and a hell of a lot older. But it sure is fun to laugh at all of the ones on here who have allowed their ‘believer status’ to convince them their ‘beliefs’ are actually the truth.
    Great post John Pavlovitz! Love me some dinosaurs. But our local ones really do need to die the hell off…

  16. Bruce- your “anyway” speaks volumes of your pain. And I know pain. And I’m compelled to lovingly tell you that Jesus really does love you. That’s all I wanted to tell you. 💕

    • Hi Susan, and I’m compelled to tell you that for a person who doesn’t believe in Jesus, telling them Jesus loves them is empty and meaningless, and feels more like something to appease your own conscience than an offer of real empathy. I’m not saying you don’t feel genuine compassion, but when it comes to nonbelievers, leave Jesus out of it. Let your Love speak for itself.

      • I did let love speak for itself.

        Bruce believes in something. Or have I been misinterpreting his posts? Don’t you believe Bruce deserves to be told that he is loved? which he is. That another person understands his pain? I appreciate your counsel. I’m not trying to sell Bruce on Jesus… He’s his own person, he can believe what he chooses to believe. I’m passing on some love. What’s your beef actually?

        • Anyway… leaving this here
          ugly son
          © 2017 J. Bruce Wilcox

          it was my mother’s father’s funeral
          in a mormon church- you know
          the church of jesus christ of latter day (so they think) saints
          i’d flown from state to state in order to attend
          i was talking with my sister
          we were standing near our aunt
          as my father entered through the door
          my parents rarely travel together
          so my mother was already there
          actually- my parents don’t do anything together
          except live separately in the same house
          many others were there as well
          my grandmother sat beside the casket
          my grandfather at peace inside
          my father approached his mother-in-law-
          greeted her- turned and said hello to a friend
          and then turned again and noticed me

          i have to admit i looked good- my hair clean cut
          wearing a sharp gray suit and electric blue tie
          i mean- we were at a funeral

          he opened his mouth
          and in a perfectly audible voice- spoke his truth

          oh- it’s my ugly son

          i’m not a heterosexual
          he’s a radical right wing religious bigot

          i replied- that wasn’t the least bit funny
          and walked out of the room
          he tried to apologize- but really
          can words like that ever be repossessed?

          it essentially ruined the funeral

          • I know you didn’t post this for sympathy but as someone with sons, my heart breaks for you. Aren’t you lucky you didn’t turn out like him. I applaud you for speaking your truth, and I know that you didn’t do this other than for that, but this old lady would like to salute you and hug you. Peace……………….

          • You are correct, those words stay stuck Bruce. And you were the better man. And I bet you looked fabulous. My previous comment wasn’t intended to be malicious; no harm intended. I’m gay also; I understand the “war”. And I also understand a heart-absent father. You are loved, I’m sending mine. I’d say Peace, but it’s hard to come by.

  17. MM John, and again you hit the nail on the head with this. I predicted this happening, a very long time ago, and have been watching the said dinos slow demise, throughout the course of my life. I knew back then and I am seeing now, its expected death toughs and they are even more epic, and painful than I ever anticipated. I just hope that not too many of us or them, have to die while its happening.

  18. Hi John,

    Great article, but you may wish to correct the spelling of electoral college (near the opening); you spelled it as “electoral collage.” Or maybe not, for today’s American church is a collage of errors!

    LG

  19. Thanks for your true words.
    I’m with you. I’ve just written a book (CHURCHES: A Time To Die – Hope For New Life) on this fact. The hardest thing for me is to totally leave the unfaithful and dying church, for it has been all my life. Even though I know what I should do, am called to do, I resist. I need so much to find even a few others with whom I can share. Alone, I won’t have the energy/Spirit to make the change.
    Will any of you, near or far away, who are going through this, will you give me call or mail? Any word of hope/love/encouragement?
    In God’s Spirit of Love, thank you.

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