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The Church is a Cult, Period.

Responding to an angry reader who left the UMC.

Recently I published two articles on the negative state of the Methodist Church (UMC) given its movement toward inclusiveness (see details here and here). The topic resulted in a broad range of responses, most of which challenged the premise that compliance with the world was a bad thing. One of the more succinct, yet telling responses came from a reader, quoted as follows….

“Good Lord. I feel like I just wasted 3 minutes of my life reading this. I'm a lifelong Methodist. I left the church about 5 years ago. My small town Methodist church, where I raised my daughters, left the UMC. I shall NEVER return to this, or any church. The reason? Because they DO NOT "comply" with MODERN TIMES> In 20 years churches will be nearly empty. IT IS A CULT. Period.”

This individual is/was a “lifelong Methodist”, angry that her church left the UMC denomination because its leadership believed the denomination was not maintaining its traditional views and, was instead, acquiescing to our current cultural norms. Her anger was that her church was not keeping up with the changing world around it. Note that her brief response also generalized to all churches, calling the institution a cult, and that its end as a viable entity is approaching.

My Response

I am sorry you wasted your time reading my post, and more time writing a response and, perhaps, reading mine. 

Respectfully, in my view, the more the church does not "comply with MODERN TIMES", the more the church complies with God's word, and that is a good thing.

Finally, if the trends in developed countries continue, I agree with your assessment on the church being empty in 20 years. Perhaps it will become so isolated and considered extreme as to be termed a cult as you say. However, what you call a trend, I would call fulfilled prophecy....

And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. - Matthew 24:12

For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. - 2 Timothy 4:3-4


This person speaks honestly and clearly for the majority of Americans and Canadians. The Christian church is failing. Its congregations diminish when it holds to a Biblical Christian Worldview, and the same occurs when it rejects its traditional stance and tries to maintain a relationship with the world. If both are true… which do you prefer?

To put all this in context, we can look at history and see the ebb and flow of revivals and their impact. We can stop looking exclusively at developed nations and see the amazing things that are happening in the growth of Christianity in developing and communist nations. Finally, we can look at the Bible and perhaps see end-times prophesy in our future. No matter what direction God intends to go, He is in charge and we are but a mist (James 4:13-14) and not privy to the timing of His plans (Matt. 24:36)

You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. – James 4:4

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AuthorJeff Hilles | BCWorldview.org 


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