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Church attendance is declining in America.  For mainline denominations, like your Methodists and Episcopalians, declining church attendance has been a reality for decades.  More gleefully, however, church membership among the nation's more conservative evangelical churches has likewise be in decline these past several years.  As Bob Allen reports for the Associated Baptist Press:  

Annual baptisms in Southern Baptist churches have declined by 100,000 in the last 12 years, last year dropping to the smallest number in 64 years.

LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention released figures June 5 reporting 314,959 baptisms in 2012, down 18,385 – or 5.5 percent – from 2011.

Total membership of 15,872,404 marked the sixth straight year of statistical decline for the nation’s second-largest faith group behind Roman Catholics. Membership dropped by 105,000 – two-thirds of a percent. Weekly worship attendance, meanwhile, fell below 6 million to 5,966,735, down 3 percent.

For Southern Baptists, declining membership isn't something they're accustomed to, so in an effort to combat these losses, a growing number of churches have taken to giving away guns.  And why not?  As everyone knows, Jesus loves his guns.  I mean, that's why he's called the "Lord of Peace" (because guns ensure peace); and why also, we associate doves with Christianity (because as the Bible states, Jesus loved a good fowl hunt.

**Kos keeps crashing, but here's that link to Baptist gun grab.

Originally posted to Dr Christopher Boerl on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 07:38 AM PDT.

Also republished by Street Prophets and Repeal or Amend the Second Amendment (RASA).


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  •  Finally, a Good News thread. (1+ / 0-)
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    nuclear winter solstice

    America is struggling to climb out of the primitive age of superstition.  Our hope lies with the young, who aren't so locked into tradition.

  •  It would be ridiculous if it wasn't so sick. (2+ / 0-)
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    MI Sooner, TheDuckManCometh

    Let's hand out slaughter weapons in church, YEAH! That's a great idea!
    Of course, if you look at it from a distance, all of Christianity is a death cult anyway, so giving out death-dealing weapons isn't that far out of whack.
    I was trying to find the Bill Hicks clip where he talks about Jesus coming back to find people wearing the torture device he was killed on around their necks. Took the wrong part of the story, no?

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 07:50:58 AM PDT

  •  Good God !!! (0+ / 0-)

    Church of the holey bible !
    Blessed be the berreta !
    Accidental stigmatas with hot heavenly lead !

    "please love deeply...openly and genuinely." A. M. H.

    by indycam on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 07:53:12 AM PDT

  •  Will they start fortifying their churches now... (0+ / 0-)

    to hold off the heathen hoards when they come?

  •  still it's not new. It must have been over ten (0+ / 0-)

    years ago when I saw the giant-sized three-foot-tall Easter baskets at WalMart: Pink or blue cammo colored toy AK-47 standing straight up in the fake easter grass amidst the jelly beans and chocolate bunnies.

    We are all pupils in the eyes of God.

    by nuclear winter solstice on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 08:01:18 AM PDT

  •  "Let us prey" (3+ / 0-)

    on those without guns.

    Turn the other cheek if the recoil hurts your shooting side.

    If cats could blog, they wouldn't

    by crystal eyes on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 08:15:50 AM PDT

  •  President Obama Had It Right About Religlion And (1+ / 0-)
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    guns.  I think that the RW religious conservatives should just switch out the bible and put a NRA pamphlet out in the pews since guns seems to be their new Jesus.

    "Don't Let Them Catch You With Your Eyes Closed"

    by rssrai on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 08:33:24 AM PDT

    •  Genghis Christ (tm) (1+ / 0-)
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      n.b. I didn't coin that, but I like it.

      "A famous person once said, 'You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.' But as I once said, "If you don't teach them to read, you can fool them whenever you like." – Max Headroom

      by midnight lurker on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 09:58:20 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  The worst of it (0+ / 0-)

    is that these Astroturf "christians" (lower case intentional!) are oblivious to their own mockery of Christ and everything He represents.

  •  Shrinking membership... (0+ / 0-)

    So their solution?  Circle those wagons a little tighter.

    “Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” - John Steinbeck (Disputed)

    by RichM on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 09:08:35 AM PDT

  •  It seems like they are winnowing down (0+ / 0-)

    the membership deliberately to get to the "true believers."

    What better way to get an armed militia with "true beliefs" than to pass out those arms to a group that will support your beliefs at all costs.

    They are a tax-free way of 1) getting arms, 2) getting people who will help them and 3) a group of "Christian Soldiers, marching off to war".

    It is a truly scary thought - that so-called christians can pervert Christianity so thoroughly because of the sheer, unadulterated stupidity brought on by defunding, degrading, and devaluing education.

    I reject your reality and substitute my own - Adam Savage

    by woolibaar on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 09:57:52 AM PDT

  •  What did the 'free gun' really cost? (0+ / 0-)

    If the goal is to increase membership, more than just a handout is required.  I wouldn't be surprised if the gift had a pledge card attached that required a minimum donation per week for a year.

    The problem with church membership and attendance figures is the fudge factor.  Some churches keep members on the rolls even though they haven't set foot or otherwise participated for years.  Membership counts are often guesstimates.

    I noticed the megachurches around here start sending people door to door looking for recruits around the time the economy crashed in 2007.  It doesn't work.  Guilting people into attending may work in the Bible belt, in blue states, not so much.

    Don't look back, something may be gaining on you. - L. "Satchel" Paige

    by arlene on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 11:47:22 AM PDT

  •  This is just plain wrong. (1+ / 0-)
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    As I mentioned when this was diared last week (in this comment), I'm a Southern Baptist who attends a church affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention, which is driving this nonsense.

    You can see the email I sent to the Executive Director of the KBC. I forgot to ask if he would allow me to republish his response, so I can't do that in good faith; however, I can tell you that he only really responded to the points I specifically labeled as sarcastic; he did not respond to any of my theological comments or Scriptural references.

    I have been giving this matter prayerful consideration and will be attempting to continue my discussion with the KBC. I have also raised this issue with other members of my local church, in case they wish to take the matter further as a congregation.

    Rest assured that some Kentucky Baptists are as appalled by this as you are.

    The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

    by wesmorgan1 on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 12:18:47 PM PDT

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