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Is church membership falling? – Matt 16:18

“…I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not overpower it.”

The big story these days is all about the decline in church membership.

U.S. Church Membership Falls Below Majority for First Time

Now if this is true, what does that mean to God’s true church?

Absolutely nothing!

God is clear in Matthew 16:18 “I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not overpower it.”

But what gives?

God’s true church is His elect. Nothing can stop that. False churches however come and go, as do false believers and believers in false religions.

Psalm 89:4 “I will establish your seed forever and build up your throne from generation to generation.”

How utterly vain to think the world or Satan or any other power is reducing the growth of the church of God as God has providentially planned. Mankind and Satan have about as much power over the true church as they do over the climate.

So the next time you hear that church membership is dwindling, smile and respond, yes, but not the true church of Jesus Christ.

"It wasn't a potential atonement actuated by the sinner, it was an actual atonement initiated by the savior."

John MacArthur