The evangelical church in the UK is on the rise

In mainline Lutheran, Anglican, Methodist, Presbyterian churches, we are seeing a constant and continual drop in church attendance.  Something has got to change!

But when we look at evangelical churches, attendance tend either remain stable or are flourishing.  What is the difference?  What are evangelical churches doing that is different?

In relation to my previous post “Will evangelicalism decline or continue to expand?“, I noticed from an article from the UK newspaper  “The Independent” that the evangelical church in the UK is now growing.  [HatTip: Rachel Marszalek ]

“Church of England pews may be empty, but the fields of Somerset are rocking with a series of evangelical festivals this summer….. As the leaders of Britain’s more mainstream denominations scratch their heads and debate how to revitalise their congregations, evangelical Christianity in Britain is going from strength to strength. The number of evangelical churches in Britain has risen from 2047 to 2,719 since 1998 and their followers now make up 34 per cent of Anglicans, figures show.”

News like this in the UK is very encouraging. I can still remember constantly hearing about how the church in the UK was on the verge of dying but it has seemed to resurrected due to a revival in the evangelical/charismatic movement.  For this, I’d like to say: “Praise God! God is on the move in the UK.”

Some might ponder if it’s just some gimmick.  I have no doubt that there is no gimmick.   I think mainline churches have a lot to learn from evangelical churches.  Evangelical churches are simply more in tune with God’s clear sense of mission and evangelism than mainline churches.  Evangelicals are clear in encouraging that every disciple should engage in personal evangelism.  How evangelism is engaged may vary widely.  Worship may also vary widely.  Not all evangelical congregations use drums or electric guitars. Some are still in the stone age using organs, but the commonality is in the attitude of the believer: everyone is encouraged in the teaching and preaching to have a mindset of fulfilling God’s mission on earth.  For some of you reading this, this is pretty old hat and may seem strange I’m talking about this like as if it was exciting and cutting-edge missional stuff. But for the old church world, evangelism is  like a bad word.

The source of this mindset or attitude, I think, is the experience of God’s love.  When believers experience the love of God in their lives in a spiritual way and also in a tangible way within the congregation, the Holy Spirit transforms the believer into a Christ-loving individual.  When the individual loves the Lord God, one will understand the importance of sharing the love of Christ with others around them.  This might translate into an engagement in some type of evangelistic activity, either on a personal level or congregational level.  That’s how the gospel transforms people and an entire society.

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Author: Kevin S.

A follower of Jesus, a husband and a father. Hobbies include biking, keeping fish if they don't die on me, blogging when I can, theologizing and ministry, and pondering about world affairs.

4 thoughts on “The evangelical church in the UK is on the rise”

  1. Surprisingly, there are many Anglican congregations in the UK that are very open to the evangelical movement within the church. It seems to have revitalized parts of the Anglican church. Some of the young people are experiencing a spiritual revival, and the way I see, that’s a good thing.

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  2. Rotation of the Sun around the Earth in the Bible OR: Mistranslation?

    “One day, the whole Church: Catholics, Protestants and Evangelical Assemblies, will have to be willing to make their translations of the Bible agree with the original Texts”.

    It is my pleasure to inform you of my Biblical study that I have entitled in French ENTRE GALILÉE ET L’ÉGLISE : LA BIBLE. I have translated it into English (Between Galileo and the Church : the Bible) and Spanish. Only the French version is published for the moment.
    I studied this subject referring to the original Texts of the Bible – in Hebrew, for the Old Testament, and in Greek, for the New Testament. And in this study, I demonstrate that in these Texts the Sun does not turn around the Earth, contrary to what the Versions of the Bible assert.
    In other words, if the Translations of the Bible had been faithful to the original Texts, Galileo would not have been condemned for “having held and believed a doctrine which is false and contrary to the divine and Holy Scriptures”.
    This is, in a few words, the content of this book.
    In my work, I seek to show that not only did this mistranslation wrongly involve the Bible in the condemnation of the Scientist but that it also regrettably brought discredit onto this Holy Book. This important fact cannot be neglected.
    According to the conclusions I am able to draw from the many discussions and large correspondance I have had over the last few years, it appears that generally there is a refusal to measure faithfully this discordance between the original Texts of the Bible and their translations.
    Publishers carry out revisions of their versions with the help of specialists in old languages and, most of the time, they replace right words or right expressions with other words which are more appropriate or less appropriate – they also use words more current today. But, I cannot fail to note that nobody seems willing to correct these mistranslations which participated in the unjust trial of the astronomer Galileo.
    I have been publishing this work for 6 years and I can assert that, to this day, no one has contested my semantic study. On the contrary, I have received precious words of encouragement from those who have read it. This book has been read and approved by experts in Hebrew and Greek. Hence the necessity of returning to the source of the Writings.
    When the Lord Jesus said to his Father: ” Your word is Truth” (John 17: 17), He referred to the original Texts. So, why do most people today refuse even to consider them and, consequently, persist in this error?
    It is admitted that in the official Churches and Assemblies the knowledge of the original languages of the Bible has decreased. But people can call upon those who have a real knowledge of these languages.
    My goal is clear. I want Christians to take their share of responsibility. If my study is erroneous, I should be put straight, but if it is right, it must be taken into account.
    I would be very grateful if you were willing to inform your friends, so that they can consider the problem with care.
    For more details concerning the study, please consult my web sites
    http://monsite.orange.fr/error.truth
    http://monsite.orange.fr/autoedition.meguila

    I am at your disposal to answer any question concerning my study.
    Yours faithfully.

    Joël Col

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  3. WHEN EMBARRASSMENT CREATES A COMMON PATTERN OF BEHAVIOUR…
    Introduction
    Whether we are authors or readers, we all react according to our own concepts, concepts which lead us to make various analyses on given subjects.
    There are subjects which lead to different analyses, because they call upon our subjectivity.
    . If this subjectivity is tendentious, it will lead, very often, to the rejection of the reasoning of others.
    . If it is well based, it will make it possible to accept – or at least to recognize – the logic of reasoning of those others, even if this logic leads to different conclusions. This subjectivity could be described as open-minded.
    Thus, there are subjects for which it is difficult to establish only one analysis, accepted by all, because they call upon the subjectivity of each individual.
    But there are other subjects which call upon an analysis of facts. From these subjects should thus appear a consensus of ideas, on the condition, however, that one’s objectivity is not influenced by a strong subjacent subjectivity, coming from a sectarian spirit.
    The analysis of my study “Between Galileo and the Church: the Bible” demands that the various commentators follow grammatical and semantic rules, which are well established.
    Who are these commentators?
    There are:
    those who have read the study,
    those who have not read it.
    . The first group, although there have been few of them, have all expressed favorable comments.
    . Concerning the second group, it will be necessary to consider:
    – those who, because of the subject and for personal reasons, did not show any interest,
    – those who, although they did not read the book, criticized it sharply a priori or simply rejected it. Ill-advised they intermingled objectivity and subjectivity, rejecting from the start the bases of analysis which this type of work demands.
    Why such an a priori rejection?
    This rejection comes from people belonging to different groups:
    . some belonging to Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical or Jewish communities,
    . others to agnostic or atheistic groups.
    But there is a surprising fact: all of them, whether they are religious or not, had the same reaction, that is an almost complete silence with regard to the book.
    Religious people have concepts according to the group they belong to, and so have atheists or agnostics. But why is it that they all react in the same way: silence?
    . Protestants and Evangelicals, who profess their confidence in the Holy Scriptures, should have been delighted owing to the fact that this thorough semantic study shows that the original Texts of the Bible have expressed clearly, for more than 3000 years, that which Copernicus and Galileo discovered a little more than three and a half centuries ago: the Sun not turning around the Earth.
    But this truth disturbs them, not from the scientific point of view, but from the Biblical point of view – their Version of the Bible, to which they are strongly attached, affirming the rotation of the Sun around the Earth and which is contradicted by my study. Not wanting to correct their translations, they thus persist in the error and the discredit which wrongly fell upon the Bible at the time of the trial of Galileo.
    . Catholics, also refusing the comforming of their Versions with the Original texts, share the same responsibility of error and discredit of the Bible.
    It is quite obvious that the Catholic Church (not only in the past but also today), not having detected these mistranslations and being supposed to hold supremacy on the matter, will have to recognize this gap officially and solve it. Until now, It has only developed arguments which do not put an end to this problematic affaire, Galileo having not been rehabilitated yet.
    . The atheists or agnostics, even if they have good reasons to criticize religious people and the Versions of the Bible, are embarrassed by learning that the original Texts, even in this scientific discipline, cannot be contested. They, like the others, abstain from any comment.
    The goal of my study is thus to obtain:
    . not only the official rehabilitation of the astronomer Galileo,
    . but also a real rehabilitation of the Bible – Its original Texts having never proclaimed the error of the rotation of the Sun around the Earth. For more than six years, I have been reiterating these arguments in my various letters and e-mails, without success.
    Apart from a few exceptions, the media (press, radio, television), Associations organizing Book exhibitions or Conferences adopt this same “law of silence”.
    Galileo deeply marked history. During 2009, many scientific demonstrations took place in his honour and others are programmed in 2010. But why is it that the question of his rehabilitation is so little discussed? Wouldn’t one like to see him rehabilitated one day?

    In conclusion:
    An end must be put to the unjust trial of the astronomer. Not only must his rehabilitation be officialized but also that of the Bible regarding Its original Texts.
    Recently, I contacted the competent authorities.
    I remain at the disposal of any person desiring to see Truth triumph.
    I express my thanks to those who helped me and encouraged me in this delicate task. I also thank the booksellers who have agreed to sell my book.
    Joel Col
    For more information please consult:
    http://monsite.orange.fr/error.truth
    http://monsite.orange.fr/autoedition.meguila
    Also do a search with “Joel Col” Galileo

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