1911 – Ellen White – Prediction
- Before the final visitation of God’s judgments upon the earth, there will be, among the people of the Lord, such a revival of primitive godliness as has not been witnessed since apostolic times. The Spirit and power of God will be poured out upon His children. At that time many will separate themselves from those churches in which the love of this world has supplanted love for God and His Word. Many, both of ministers and people, will gladly accept those great truths which God has caused to be proclaimed at this time, to prepare a people for the Lord’s second coming.” (Great Controversy, 464 italics supplied.)
1965 – Billy Graham – Warning
- “Multitudes of Christians within the church are moving toward the point where they may reject the institution that we call the church. They are beginning to turn to more simplified forms of worship. They are hungry for a personal and vital experience with Jesus Christ. They want a heartwarming personal faith. Unless the church quickly recovers its authoritative Biblical message, we may witness the spectacle of millions of Christians going outside the institutional church to find spiritual food.” (http://www.ccel.us/worldaflame.ch8.html, p. 86. Accessed September 17, 2015.)
2005 – George Barna – 20 Million
- “I want to show you what our research has uncovered regarding a growing sub-nation of people, already well over 20 million strong, who are what we call Revolutionaries.” They are people who are walking away form the local church—to go find God. (Revolution, p. 14, 39, 64-65, 103.)
2015 – Josh Packard – 104 Million
- The dechurched represents 33 percent (104 million) of the American population who have walked away from conventional churches—to go find God. Furthermore, these people, characterized as decurched, the “Nones and Dones,” are the fastest growing segment of the population (p. 20).
- “As our society approaches a post-institutional area, it’s entirely possible that the near monopoly that the church has enjoyed over faithful expressions of religious connections may be coming to an end. The activities of the dechurched may be ushering in a new understanding of what religious activity means. If this trend continues, it will fundamentally reshape the way Americans experience organized religion.” (Church Refugees: Sociologists reveal why people are DONE with church but not their faith, p. 69.)
Ellen White Did Say & Did Not Say
- One may naturally assume that “these people” whom Ellen White refers to will separate themselves and start attending conventional Adventist churches. But Ellen White does not say that. She says that they will separate themselves from churches that love the world and “will gladly accept those great truths which God has caused to be proclaimed at this time, to prepare a people for the Lord’s second coming.” Statistics are now showing us a growing group of people who are leaving their churches and gathering in informal settings, often house churches, as they search for God.
- Those connecting to Simple Church plants are learning the “great truths” and many are accepting them. But there is much work to do in order to reach these millions of people.
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