No one really wants to accept what I might have to say, seeing how I’m not properly credentialed, I do not have a popular podcast or such, but there are two very clear reasons Christianity in America, Christian faith, and belonging to a church, regularly attending a church have fallen to such a degree.
One — Christianity and so-called Christian churches in America, in general, are more concerned with entertainment. Making sure there’s a rock band on stage singing some words including the name of Jesus. Pastors who do not believe the Bible and do not preach or teach from the whole Word of God is the main problem. Unsound doctrines. TEACHING DIFFERENT GOSPELS THAN THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST AND THE WORD OF GOD AS WRITTEN. Worldly influences. Dilution and pollution of the pure true messages from God’s inerrant infallible and living Word.
More concerned with cash flow and being liked, approved of, and pleasing people rather than with preaching the true whole Word of God and being pleasing and acceptable to the Lord.
Pastors do not believe the Holy Bible. I’m not pulling this out of my backside or making this up. Do some research on your own. On most Biblical teachings on average 6 out of 10 leaving seminaries, Bible colleges, and theology schools DO NOT BELIEVE WHAT IS WRITTEN. And these go out to shepherd flocks? And we expect the true gospel to be preached and for sinners to repent and come to Christ as a result? They do not believe most of what is written in the Holy Bible, the God-breathed words to select men — thus they cannot preach and reach people effectively. They do not believe in or rely upon the Holy Spirit. They treat leading a flock of people like a job. Period. And there is no working of God in most of them.
Apostasy is rampant and growing greater, faster in America than the preaching and teaching of sound doctrine.
Get back to sound doctrine. Discipline. Preaching and teaching of the whole Word of God unafraid and not permitting worldly interpretation and philosophies to enter in. Pay attention to Jude 1:4 and DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! NOW!
Included in this is the tearing down, destruction, and removal of the traditional family, the Christian-founded family. No discipline is taught now. Few married couples consisting of a father and a mother. No teaching the children well in the ways of the Lord since the parents don’t believe even though they profess to be Christians, imagining what their lips utter but their heart does not contain is enough, as they make sure to expose that shiny precious metal symbol of shame, the cross around their necks, which does not denote or a Christian make!
Two — It is due to Bible prophecy being fulfilled. The Great Falling Away prior to the entrance of the Antichrist, his false prophet, and the remainder of Bible prophecy being fulfilled in these last of the last days.
Contradictory? No, hardly. For the Great Falling Away occurs for two reasons;
One — Many professing to be Christians were never truly born anew, transformed, and regenerated from within. Made into a new man, a new woman by the Supernatural power of the Spirit of God and they are like the parable of the sower that Jesus taught and is ignored by most;
The Parable of the Sower
That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears, let him hear.”
Two — See #1 above.
What to do? Is there any hope?
Certainly. First, there needs to be an awareness of INDIVIDUAL REPENTANCE NEEDED. Only through INDIVIDUAL REPENTANCE can there be any true revival. People are seeking. People are desperate. People are worried, full of anxiety, fearful, and in need of the truth and power of the true gospel to lift them up and lead them to faith and salvation.
Pray. Diligently. Fervently. Humbly. Repeatedly. Faithfully.
Something lacking in all of us.
And be that light unto the world so that when seen those seeing us see God the Father in us and give Him praise and glory, as the Holy Bible tells us we ought to be and what will happen as a result of being such an individual. Be the salt of the earth.
Separate. Peculiar. Unafraid to stand firmly and boldly in the whole Word of God not concerned with pleasing, appeasing, adopting, accepting, and approving of what the world has to say the Bible should be, what Christianity needs to change in order to be appealing.
Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Ken Pullen, Thursday, September 14th, 2023
‘The Great Dechurching’ explores America’s religious exodus
09 September 2023
By Bob Smietana
Reprinted from Christian Today [in the U.K.]
Jim Davis and Michael Graham knew something was up in their hometown of Orlando, Florida.
But they couldn’t put their finger on it.
At the time, both were pastors at Orlando Grace Church, an evangelical congregation, and saw a study showing their community had the same percentage of evangelicals as less traditionally Christian cities like New York and Seattle. Their city also ranked low on a list of “Bible-minded cities” — with a profile more akin to cities with secular reputations than Bible Belt communities like Nashville, Tennessee, or Birmingham, Alabama.
Which didn’t make any sense to them.
Orlando was home to the headquarters of Cru, a major campus ministry, along with Wycliffe Bible Translators and other major Christian nonprofits, as well as booming and influential megachurches like First Baptist and Northland Church.
And Orlando felt different from New York or Seattle.
“Then it hit us — it’s because our people used to go to church,” said Davis.
He and Graham knew of a number of people who had stopped going to church, and the two pastors started wondering how common that was. They began looking for data, and while there were studies of the so-called nones — those who do not identify with any faith group — there were few about churchgoing habits.
Eventually, they decided to do one of their own.
With the help of friends, they raised about $100,000 and enlisted the help of two political scientists who survey religious trends in the U.S. — Ryan Burge at Eastern Illinois University and Paul Djupe of Denison University — to create what they think is the largest ever study of folks who stopped going to church.
That study, combined with other data about America’s changing religious landscape, led them to a sobering conclusion.
“More people have left the church in the last twenty-five years than all the new people who became Christians from the First Great Awakening, Second Great Awakening, and Billy Graham crusades combined,” Davis and Graham write in their new book, “The Great Dechurching: Who’s Leaving, Why Are They Going, and What Will It Take to Bring Them Back?”
The book and the study that prompted it were driven by both curiosity and stubbornness.
“If we’ve got a question that we need an answer to, we’re not going to stop until we get it,” said Graham, who is now program director for the Keller Center, which helps churches adapt to the changing religious landscape.
Davis and Graham said they wanted the study to be informative and rigorous, which is why they decided to work with academic researchers. The study included a survey of 1,043 Americans to determine the scope of dechurching — which was defined as having attended service at least once a month in the past and now attending less than once a year. That initial survey found that about 15% of Americans are dechurched.
A second phase included a survey with detailed questions for 4,099 dechurched Americans. Their answers were sorted in clusters using machine learning, said Burge — creating groups of people who had statistically similar answers to questions.
“It’s a wonderful way to look at religion without any sort of bias or prejudice,” said Burge. “It just lets the data speak for itself.”
The book appears to have struck a nerve with both church leaders and the broader public. Data from the book was featured in a series of New York Times columns about the changing religious landscape and what it might mean for American culture.
Burge said the book’s surveys build on previous studies of the nones as well as studies showing the decline of congregational life in the United States. The 2020 Faith Communities Today study, for example, found the median congregation in the United States stood at 65 people, down from 137 two decades ago.
Mainstream evangelicals dropped out because they moved (22%) or services were inconvenient (16%) but also because they did not feel much love in church(12%). Exvangelicals in this study left because they did not fit in (23%), because they did not feel much love in the congregation (18%), because of negative experiences with evangelicals (15%) and they no longer believed (14%). Many BIPOC dechurched Americans left in their early 20s, often because they did not fit in (19%) or had bad experiences (11%). Mainline Protestants left because they moved (25%) or because they had other priorities (15%) or did not fit in (14%), while Catholics who are dechurched said they did so because they had other priorities (16%) or had different politics than others in their parish (15%) or the clergy (15%).
Davis said that people leaving churches is often seen as a catastrophe caused by church misconduct or hurt. That plays a role, he said, but the reasons people leave are more complicated and sometimes more mundane.
Dechurched also differ in why they might return. Mainstream evangelicals were looking for friendship, while mainline and Catholic dechurched Americans were more interested in spiritual practices and outreach programs.
Many dechurched Americans might return to churches if they found a stable and healthy congregation, said Davis and Graham. But those congregations aren’t always easy to find, given the level of polarization affecting churches and other institutions.
Among other findings, Americans who have higher levels of education or are more successful in life are less likely to drop out. That concerned Davis, who worries that churches only work for people on the so-called success path in life.
“Institutions in America tend to work for people who are on a traditional American path,” he said. “And unfortunately, the church has become one of those American institutions.”
Despite the sobering statistics, Davis and Graham remain hopeful about the future and end their book with a set of exhortations for church leaders.
Part of their advice: Be patient. The Great Dechurching didn’t happen overnight and won’t be reversed quickly. Congregations will need what the authors call “relationship wisdom” and a “quiet, calm and curious demeanor” where leaders are quick to listen and slow to speak.
“The path forward,” they write, “is not easy but it is simple.”