Canada set to lose 9,000 churches in the next 10 years

I found this CBC article to be very believable but sad.

The much sadder story is that so many in our society have abandoned our traditional Judeo-Christian values and faith for a self-centred me-first obsession. Along with the movement we have lost honesty, integrity and respect – things that our parents and grandparents highly valued regardless of what church they attended if any.

It reminds me of the following quote by D.A. Carson

People do not drift toward Holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated.

D.A. Carson

From the CBC

Shrinking congregations and rising maintenance costs force old churches to be closed, sold or repurposed.

A national charity that works to save old buildings estimates that 9,000 religious spaces in Canada will be lost in the next decade, roughly a third of all faith-owned buildings in the country.

National Trust for Canada regeneration project leader Robert Pajot says every community in the country is going to see old church buildings shuttered, sold off or demolished.

“Neighbourhoods are going to have multiple churches closing,” Pajot said. “Some people qualify this as a crisis, and I kind of agree. It is going to hit everybody.”

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