When the world discovered that the church is no different from them, they decided to attend. When they discovered that the difference between them and the Church reached a tolerable level, they decided to darken the doors.
Many pastors and staff members have grasped that the Bible is a guidebook to all of life–but many primarily resort to psychology as the trustworthy source in guiding people.
It is my opinion that unless the SBC can find a way to help combat this situation, that in fifteen to twenty years we will not have forty-four thousand churches but we will consist of about twenty-five to thirty-thousand churches.
One of the more glaring flaws in the Calvinistic understanding of salvation is it’s emasculation of the final judgment. Calvinists, typically, place great emphasis on being chosen by God, before He made the first man, but only offer occasional and dutiful lip service to the final judgment.
Obviously, many Catholics affirm purgatory, but it’s unusual, to say the least, to find a card carrying protestant who thinks it all works.