The modern church’s problem isn’t persecution, it’s apathy. Turkish churches, like American and European, are shrinking simply because Christians are apathetic. They don’t attend worship, they don’t witness, they don’t minister, they don’t pray, and they don’t read their Bibles. The consequence of apathy is self-evident: closing churches and a world getting worse by the day.
The cure for apathy is commitment. And commitment can only come from within. People have to decide to be committed to the lived expression of their faith. No amount of badgering or sermonizing can achieve that. It’s a choice.
If churches die (the Church never will), then it is because apathy killed them, not persecution.