“While the gates of hell will not prevail against the kingdom of heaven, it is altogether possible that segments of the church of God will vanish from the earth in the next generation.  Jesus once posed the most penetrating of questions, “When the Son of Man comes again, will he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8).  He did not answer his own question.  I gather that he continues to place this query before us today.  Two answers seem plausible:  Either we choose spiritual malaise and inevitable extinction, or we choose the renewal that comes through radical discipleship.”  — Darryl Tippens in Pilgrim Heart

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