Let us examine Michael Spencer's fifth and sixth causes for the imminent collapse of evangelical Christianity.
5. The confrontation between cultural secularism and the faith at the core of evangelical efforts to 'do good' is rapidly approaching. We will soon see that the good Evangelicals want to do will be viewed as bad by so many, and much of that work will not be done. Look for ministries to take on a less and less distinctively Christian face in order to survive.
To be honest, I wasn't sure what Spencer meant here so I went to his original post on his blog and found him to say:
"The deterioration and collapse of the evangelical core will eventually weaken the missional-compassionate work of the evangelical movement. The inevitable confrontation between cultural secularism and the religious faith at the core of evangelical efforts to “do good” is rapidly approaching. We will soon see that the good evangelicals want to do will be viewed as bad by so many, that much of that work will not be done. Look for evangelical ministries to take on a less and less distinctively Christian face in order to survive."
So, it seems Spencer thinks the "missional-compassionate work" done by evangelicals will somehow morph. Perhaps he is referring to efforts that address physical and spiritual needs of people here in the U.S. and abroad? I really don't know for sure. I would be interested in hearing from any of you astute readers who know what Spencer means here. We can certainly witness the kind of "missions" liberal protestant churches conduct- concerned primarily with undoing social injustice and poverty with now plan for carrying out the Great Commission. Much so-called "missions" is nothing more than a humanitarian effort to bring food, medicine, or other goods and services (sometimes birth control and abortion also) to "help" the plight of the poor and oppressed. Of course, all bible-believing Christians should be about helping the poor in may ways in addition to building up faithful local churches in those areas to bring the ministry of the Word and sacraments. It's a "both/and" type missional effort, not just one (physical needs) or the other (gospel witness). We are to share Christ in word and deed.
Spencer's sixth cause of the imminent collapse of evangelicalism-
6. Even in areas where Evangelicals imagine themselves strong (like the Bible Belt), we will find a great inability to pass on to our children a vital evangelical confidence in the Bible and the importance of the faith.
The matter of passing on "a vital evangelical confidence" is a matter of how we (as a church and families) carry out the disipleship mandate addressed in previous posts. If the Church does not reform in this area, Spencer is right, there will be great failure in this crucial area. See previous posts on this issue.