Having grown up Episcopal/Anglican, this article describes the attitude of many churchgoers, which is
“Church is supposed to make me feel better about my life, not worse,”
That attitude has led to the churches ignoring many aspects of Christian doctrine, leading to this consequence:
It would be a mistake, and not a pew-filler, to focus on fear and punishment alone, but there is almost a complete absence, and in some cases absolute absence, from the pulpit of these useful concepts in the Episcopal church. The reason is that, for many, they are not believed. And since they are not believed, they are not taught, and since they are not taught, the lesson learned by (ex-)parishioners is that there aren’t many reasons to attend church.
Read more: http://wmbriggs.com/post/20680/