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What Happened to God?
Sidney & Shirley Robbins
How often have you listened to church prelates being interviewed in the media, where they propound personal views which are frequently in conflict with those of other prelates, and possibly your own?
It seems that the dissident prelates get all the media attention while those with conservative views are seldom interviewed or permitted an opportunity to counteract the liberal, and sometimes heretical views of these ‘modernistic’ clergy.
You may even have been into one of the numerous websites, which are set up with the sole purpose of destroying Christianity. Perhaps this has left you confused, even angry. But what do you do from there? Do you make your objections known?
Where is the voice of the laity?
There are controversies threatening to tear many churches apart, and in particular, the Anglican Church. Within its battles over gay rights and the authenticity of Scriptures, one fact is often obscured. Amid all the hot air and rhetoric; talk of appeasement, and how to reconcile differences, one is compelled to ask: What happened to God?
The deep schism that is threatening to rip the churches apart is not only about sexuality, but chiefly about the impact of Liberal Theology. Liberal theologians question the authenticity of the Scriptures; they question the Divinity of Christ as the Son of God; they dispute orthodox Christianity's belief that the Scriptures are the inspired and inerrant Word of God in faith, history, and secular matters.
While many in the Church Hierarchy are not restrained when meddling in political issues, and frequently associate themselves with one or other political movement or party, they leave themselves open to attacks on the truth, honesty, honour and courage of the Church. In this climate should we be surprised that once all-powerful churches have become pathetically ineffectual, speaking only with a feeble voice?
When confronted with the parlous state of Christianity, we are left wondering whether many mainline churches and their prelates - who are meant to be the bastions of Christianity - are not the most dangerous institutions.
Indeed can Christianity survive the Church?
We are faced with an attitude of ‘easy-believing’, which is widely promulgated by prelates who merely want to be 'nice and loving' to all. They subscribe to the ‘feel good’ view so popular today, instead of standing up for the truth of the Scriptures. The parish or suburban church is reduced to ‘that building down the road’ where the laity spend the obligatory hour or two every Sunday.
This book is an exposé of the deep divisions developing in many mainline Churches. While the clergy wrangle, the laity is excluded and this is leading to an exodus from the pews.
We pose the question: Is there a future for many mainline Churches - or indeed for Christianity in the Western world unless the laity awakes and exerts its influence to counteract the effects of Liberal Theology?