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Spiritual Report on Scotland

December 7, 2012

ScotlandSeminary professor David Murray (blog) interviewed a Presbyterian pastor friend in Scotland about the spiritual state of the country. I’d encourage anyone who has a heart for Scotland to read this first-hand report and see how we can better pray for the Lord to move.

A few of the more sobering questions:

11. Do most of those who are raised in the church remain in the church?
No, in the last 10-15 years many (probably the majority) have left.  Churches are declining in number all over.

16. Where do you think it is headed?
Well, humanly speaking it is going down and in many cases the candlestick is being removed.  That sounds pessimistic but it is more the reality.  I think that unless the better churches can work together then we have a big problem.  There are some pockets of good news here and there, but the general picture is bleak.

Find the report here.

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  1. December 7, 2012 1:13 pm

    Sadly, much of what is reported is true, from my experience.
    Earlier this year the BBC ran a series of 3 documentaries entitled “Reverse Missionaries”, where missionaries from the foreign church plants of old British Christian missionaries (David Livingston, Amy Carmichael, Thomas Burchell) visit the hometowns/churches of their spiritual ancestors. The opposition they face (even from within the church) as they try to reach local communities is both shocking and disgusting. But although the non-believers show definite hardness of heart, the documentaries also show that God is still at work here. There is still hope for this country (Scotland, and the UK as a whole). There is a lot of good happening also, which I’m privileged and blessed to witness and be a part of.

    The bbc page for Reverse Missionaries – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01dmzcz
    There are clips on Youtube – for anyone interested, I highly recommend checking a few of them out.

    • mydigitalseminary permalink
      December 10, 2012 12:36 pm

      Hey, that’s a really interesting documentary. I’ll have to look into it. Thanks Matthew!

  2. Steve permalink
    December 7, 2012 2:36 pm

    Thanks Lindsay, sad to hear but so true. God bless you guys, we do pray the Lord will raise up the right workers at the right time and go:-)
    Dad

    • mydigitalseminary permalink
      December 10, 2012 12:37 pm

      Thank you, that’s our prayer too!

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