- Ezekiel 37:7 NKJV
3. The ACTIVE DECAY Stage
This stage is primarily characterized by the period of greatest mass loss. This is the moment when all of our man made efforts to grow the church fail. Generally, the truth about what is really happening at the church is revealed by some catastrophic moral failure by someone in leadership at the church. At this point there is nothing that we can do in and of ourselves that will keep people from leaving the church body in droves. The saddest part about this is that many of those who have held on to this point will walk away from church completely. The "church hurt" will be too great for them to overcome. Unforgiveness makes a home in their hearts, and they are gone for good.