Starting in about the 1970s, American Mainline Protestant churches have seen steady and continuous declines in regular attendance. These declines have been going on despite the fact — some would even argue, because of the fact — that these churches have made all sorts of compromises with orthodox Christian doctrine in an effort to “stay relevant.”
These compromises have been many and legion, including everything from allowing pastors to deny the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ, to accepting women into the priesthood and tolerating abortion among churchgoers.
And now, since transgendered people have become the new victim group that it has become trendiest to care about, Mainline churches are beginning to accept so-called “transgender bishops” into their ranks.
Accelerating Leftism Swallows Up the Church
This past weekend, Megan Rohrer, a biological man who claims to be a woman, became the first transgender bishop to become part of a Mainline denomination. The denomination in question is the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and Rohrer has become part of its Sierra Pacific Synod.
Rohrer has also required all people to refer to him as “they.”
Back in 2006, Rohrer also became the first transgendered person ordained into a Mainline church. That church was, again, the ELCA.
This extremely liberal denomination could not possibly show in a more emphatic way that it has rejected the explicit teaching of Christianity that God has created people as males and females, and that the nether of these may drift into the other category. The ECLA prefers the latest leftist orthodoxy to the Word of God.
“It’s an honor to be called to serve the Sierra Pacific Synod,” Rohrer said after being made a bishop. “During this time when some imagine trans people at their worst, Lutherans have once again declared that transgender people are beautiful children of God.”
Despite not being able to reverse the declines in churchgoing and general adherence, many prominent members of Mainline churches continue to insist that churches must “keep up with the times” in order to be able to attract parishioners. They never stop to wonder whether their adoption of every conceivable left-wing social trend — regardless of that trend’s underlying consistency with basic Christian doctrine — might actually be driving people away from their churches.
After all, if those searching for God wander into a Mainline church and find the church’s leaders telling them all of the exact same things that they see and hear beamed into their minds by the surrounding culture every day — that we must be “tolerant” of drag queens who want to read books to our children or of rioters and looters who want to burn down cities — they will naturally begin to wonder what the point even is of being a Christian.
Christianity carries with it a set of unique beliefs that inform a unique moral vision and provide a special set of prescriptions for how to live one’s life.
These prescriptions and doctrines, if Mainline churches bothered to stick to them, could provide those hungry for meaning with a unique and different way of filling the void in their souls.
But instead, much of the Mainline is worried about “social relevance.” The dismal results speak for themselves.