The “Disappearing” Christian Churches
St. Benedict Orthodox Church
Celebrating in the Western Rite
of the Antiochian Jurisdiction
Part 2
Last time I addressed the “disappearance” of modern Christianity. I spoke of the ways in
which many contemporary American Christians are altering the manners in which they
present and address themselves corporately. The “face” of Christianity is rapidly being
changed in America, as so many of the faithful strive to make Christianity sensible and
palatable to the world. This process is not limited to the issues of names and buildings,
which I addressed in part I.

Church services are also in transition. An interesting aspect of any church’s service has
always been that the worship was for the faithful; it was a part of that body’s effort to minister
to its own. Those becoming members of a parish fully expected to have to be instructed in
the particulars of that church’s worship. Today churches are focusing worship upon the
visitors. More and more churches are now adapting what is called “contemporary” forms of
worship. This is an attempt to lure in people who would not otherwise be interested in the
older forms of worship. Usually that means more casual attire for the clergy, less formal
services, and modern music. One local church doesn’t even use the word “service”
anymore; they call their services “experiences.”  
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The Orthodox Church is evangelical, but not Protestant.
It is orthodox, but not Jewish. It is catholic, but not Roman.
It is not non-denominational, it is pre-denominational.
It has believed, taught, preserved, defended, and died for the Faith of the Apostles
since the Day of Pentecost nearly 2000 years ago in 33 A.D.
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