Has modern Western Christianity failed?

Message for 2023: It’s time to openly admit and repent for the failure of Christianity in America and the West in the 21st century!

In 1904, Evan Roberts, a young Welshman, was greatly distressed by what he called “the failure of Christianity” in his country. He began to continually cry out for a spiritual awakening and soon church services in Wales were disrupted by thousands of people desperate to get right with God and to listen to and obey Him. In two years more than 100,000 people in Wales were transformed by the risen Jesus.

Christianity has lost its influence in the West. For decades now Western civilization has been called post-Christian. Now it’s looking to government and politics to fix things and thus self-admitting that Christianity hasn’t been able to fix them. How has Christianity failed to be a major influence in the Western world?

I believe that Western Christianity has failed by

  • Making church attendees rather than sold-out disciples.
  • Presenting Jesus as a historical figure rather than as a present moment reality.
  • Making Christians dependent on a pastor and his sermons rather than on the living Jesus.
  • Focusing on proclaiming the Gospel to church members instead of to the unchurched.
  • Following the culture instead of leading the culture to the risen Jesus.
  • Neglecting to train church members to testify and openly describe their relationship with Jesus.
  • Trying to explain Jesus instead of demonstrating His presence and reality.
  • Ignoring the writings of the early Christians and of the ancient Jews who walked with God (as compiled in the Bible) and treating them as if they are irrelevant fables.
  • Not training Christ-followers to continually pursue purity, holiness, and freedom from sins of thought, word, and deed.
  • Embracing self-righteousness more than brokenness, humility, and repentance.
  • Turning Christianity into human-led religious organizations instead of a Spirit-led movement.
  • Compartmentalizing Christianity into a Sunday morning time slot and presenting it as having little to do with the rest of the week.
  • Gathering to follow and be led by a religious program instead of by the living Jesus.
  • Focusing on fund raising and buildings instead of on serving hurting people.
  • Neglecting to train church members to get on fire and stay on fire with passionate love for and obedience to Jesus.
  • Breaking the body of Christ into 40,000+ denominations and millions of independent churches.
  • Promoting the names of churches and Christian leaders more than the name of Jesus.
  • Trusting in politics more than in the living Jesus.
  • Turning grace into an excuse for sin and rebellion against God’s commands.
  • Looking at the Bible as something to analyze and understand with the mind instead of as a love-letter to touch the heart.
  • Teaching people to follow their desires instead of the resurrected Jesus.

Can the sinking ship of Western Christianity be rescued today? Yes! If you have a relationship with Jesus don’t hide it. Describe it! Stir it up! Listen to Him throughout the day and do what He says.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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8 Responses to Has modern Western Christianity failed?

  1. hcn876 says:

    Excellent summary, and sadly… all true.

  2. Jamie Callahan says:

    Thank you, so very true.

  3. Good thoughts. Sadly we’ve lost our way. We aren’t a “Christian nation” any more. We’re sliding into a whole new era.

  4. Germinr says:

    I absolutely love your enthusiasm! However, I feel like you need to find a way to channel that energy. I love that RAW AGGRESSION that I sense from you, it feels like you’re right in my face trying to get me to talk more about God, and I love it! However, we should also take into consideration that these are the last times. The reason why I say it is because of all the things that are happening in the world today really point to being the end of times.
    The bible says that Israel was supposed to have been created again in order for the last days to happen. It also says that Israel was supposed to have been created in a day, and it was a unanimous decision when Israel was created.
    We have to remember all of the things that Jesus and the bible says would happen on the last days. It says that wickedness and evil would be rampant, not exact quotes but pretty close. So even though we as humans might want to see a more “Christian” world, the reality is that It’s just prophecies coming true. and we can’t help that.
    But I’m not saying that we should go down just watching the world burn. The bible also states that God does not want “ANY to perish”. And Jesus did die for the sins of the world, including the sins of today. So what we need to do… Is pray. Pray to God to help us to guide people towards him. Pray to God to make us examples of Christ, Let our lives be the definition of Christian, because that will ultimately be what gets us all into heaven. I love your energy though! God bless you!

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