In a recent interview, Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, has warned that the Church of England could be “one generation away from extinction” – Church of England will be extinct in one generation warns ex-Archbishop.
As an institution, the Church of England has made many decisions that display it is determined to follow the ever-changing moral trends of society rather than provide the unchanging moral bedrock rooted in Scripture. Instead of a concern to please the living God, the Church leadership appear to be more concerned with pleasing society in a desperate attempt to appear popular and relevant. Unfortunately, the long-term outlook seems very bleak as the financial state of the Church of England is dire and people are leaving in droves. We fear it will say and do anything necessary to attract people in an attempt to get bums on seats and increase revenues.
Lord Carey says: “So we have a problem getting people to church because it is not something that is natural to people in their lives nowadays”, which is true but churches must attract people whilst remaining inline with the gospel message in Scripture. Revival IS possible for the Church of England, but when looking at examples of revival in the Bible, they ALWAYS follow repentance and submission to God. Lord Carey is right to say we need to attract younger people, however, unfortunately many churches try to do this through entertainment. If entertainment is the way to get people into the church, entertainment is the ONLY way to keep people in the church.
There are some congregations affiliated to the Church of England that will stand firm and endeavor to lead their Churches God’s way and not man’s way – this remnant will grow and stand out against the shrinking majority as God’s Spirit empowers Godly leaders to witness to the lost.
Unfortunately this remnant will also be marginalised and sidelined by the mainstream Church of England but God always keeps a remnant of faithful followers in the midst of apostasy.
Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. (Revelation 14:12)
As a denomination, the Church of England needs to sincerely repent to the living God by returning to the true gospel and the Biblical foundations that have formed other Christ-centered revivals in the past. God will greatly bless those who show a desire to be faithful to Him. For the Church of England as an institution, it’s time to repent and restore it’s relationship with God – only then, will the faithful God of Scripture breath infectious spiritual life throughout it’s churches. It’s time for the Church of England to return to the moral standards clearly outlined in Scripture and stand firm against hostility from an ungodly world rather than trying to appease this hostility by diluting and redefining a message that Jesus made very clear.