In a fabulous article by reporter Stuart Duncan January 10 in the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Dr. Bob Pearle discussed his new book, The Vanishing Church. Dr. Pearle explained that "the New Testament church of our grandparents that stands for right and wrong, believes in heaven and hell, the Gospel message and living a holy life and living differently from the world -- that church is vanishing from our society." He believes this is a major problem and what is ultimately causing the decline of overall church membership.
What is the solution? Duncan reported that Dr. Pearle says the solution is to "return to biblical teachings. If churches will do that, he said, God will take care of the church membership."
Dr. Pearle was pastor of First Baptist Church of Portland, TX, from 1990-1997. He is now the pastor at Birchman Baptist Church of Fort Worth, TX, and the president of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention.
Thanks to Mr. Duncan for a great article. You can view the article here.