Churches Can Survive

People who have stopped going to church have some interesting things to say. Perhaps the most interesting is the complaint that churches do not deal with life's problems. Movies do, they say. Books and magazines do. Radio and television do. But churches do not. These people also argue that one does not need to be inside a church to be close to God.

Can we brush aside their comments with a simple "They don't understand"? We think not. If a church is to survive, it will have to be a church that helps one to comprehend the vital and practical facts of Life itself. And it will have to have something in its services that gives those who attend them a real sense of God's presence—a sense that affects every moment of their daily lives.

Heaven Is Now
July 15, 1972

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