"After thirty years the Charismatic Renewal has failed to deal with the moral landslide of our society. Instead, during the last thirty years the New Age Movement has replaced Christianity as the spiritual consciousness of Western society. The Charismatic Movement has failed to bring about Revival."
I received this in my email on the Strom email list.
MUSLIM CONQUEST of BRITAIN -by Paul Williams.
A study by of the Centre for Migration Policy Research at Swansea University shows that thousands of Britons are converting to Islam every year – with more women becoming Muslims than men.
The research suggests that the numbers converting to the religion has doubled by 2010 from the 60,669 converts in 2001. The average age of the Muslim converts is 27.5...
A detailed study by Swansea University for inter-faith think-tank Faith Matters, suggests that despite an often negative portrayal of Islam in the media, more people are adopting the religion each year.
Kevin Brice, the director of the study, says that 56% of converts to Islam were white British, with 62% being female.
Presently, according to the London Times, the Islamic population of Great Britain exceeds 2.4 million.
The Daily Mail contends that more than 25% of the British Muslims visit a mosque at least once a week.
By contrast, Paul Richardson, Assistant Bishop of Newcastle, maintains that less than 1% of the 18 million Christians who belong to the Church of England attend Sunday services. “At this rate,” the Bishop speculates, “it is hard to see the church surviving for more than 30 years though few of its leaders are prepared to face that possibility.
“If decline continues,” the Bishop adds, “Christian Research has estimated that church closures will accelerate from their present rate of 30 a year to 200 a year as dwindling congregations make the cost of keeping them open too great.”
While 30 Anglican parishes close every year, seventy new mosques sprout up throughout the United Kingdom.
I read an interesting article in which several Christian college presidents were interviewed. The interviewer asked them if they are seeing an increase in students outside their denomination attending their colleges. Most said they did see a very marked increase. I thought about this a lot and would like to make the following observations.
First, taking the "con" side, I wonder if the students from other denominations understand and accept the college's statement of faith and follow it. Are the colleges finding that they are straying away from their statement of faith to "please" these other students?
On the other hand, taking the "pro" side, do the other students add a diversity? And is it too narrow-minded and exclusive to keep these students out?
My conclusion is that it isn't a bad idea to let them in but schools need to be careful that they don't drift too far from their original belief anchors. The case in point to me is Fuller Seminary which is about 20 minutes from me. I've watched Fuller since 1966 when I started dating "Fuller guys." I've watched a once-fantastic seminary collapse into nothingness. Fuller started as a nondenominational evangelical seminary. But so many voices began to compromise it. I think Fuller is a good example of what can happen when such a cross-section of students attend. In the "old" days, most evangelical students were on the same page but today that simply is not true. So, colleges and seminaries might need to rethink their admissions policies and voice clearly the doctrines that they expect their studnets to follow.