According to a new report by Pew research, only 27% of Millennials attend church services (people born after 1990)
The Pew Research Center discovered that the percentage of Americans who are “absolutely certain” that God exists declined from 71 percent in 2007 to 63 percent in 2014.
Meanwhile, the percentage of those that are “religiously unaffiliated” rose from 16 percent in 2007 to 23 percent today.
Atheism, Agnosticism and other religions are on the rise in America while Christianity is on the decline
If trends continue the number of Americans attending Church in 2050 will be HALF of what it is today.
It gets worse.
Among Christians two-thirds say that many religions lead to eternal life, 68% of Catholics, 65% mainline Protestants and 59% of Orthodox Christians
Say What? Why the Heck did Jesus die on the Cross?
Add to that the persecution that is rising for Christians in this country, and things look rather bleak. Do you think these luke-warm Christians who believe there are many paths to God will stand up under persecution?.
Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron 1 Tim 4:1
Recently I experienced persecution myself. I shouldn't really call it persecution because there are so many Christians who are truly suffering. Let's just say that I've never felt such hate directed toward me before for being a Christian. I sent a note of inquiry to a cover designer to see if he could do a boxset cover for me. At the bottom of the note beneath my signature is a link to a video called You Have A Choice. It's a 20 minute video that explains the gospel in a very compelling way. This is part of my signature and automatically is placed at the bottom of all my notes. Anyway, this guy clicked on it and afterward exploded such vitriol on me I was completely shocked. He called me a bigot, racist and other choice names using very colorful language. I refused to engage with him and told him I was sorry to bother him.
I believe this sort of thing is going to increase and it's going to get worse fast. Sorry to be a dooms sayer, but the way the world is going and the persecution I see already tells me that we Christians better get strong and get strong fast. We will be labeled every vile name in the book (and God forbid face fines and jail possibly) and much of the hatred will come over gay and transgender rights.
I fear for the church in America. Not only are people leaving the church but some of those who attend don't seem strong in their faith. There are so many "Seeker Friendly" churches that seem to compromise with the world in order to rack up attendance, but they neglect to disciple and build up the believers they already have. Hence, they build on sand and the entire building will collapse when the storm hits.
The Seeker Friendly 100% focus of our current church, in addition to a lack of belief in the power of the Holy Spirit to heal, prophecy, speak in tongues and raise the dead if need be, have led me to find a body of believers who are truly committed to Jesus above their own lives. Trouble is, here in California, I'm wondering if they exist.
On that happy note! (Sorry to be depressing)
Have a Great Weekend. Chin up, our King is coming!