Monday, September 28, 2015

The Great Apostasy Continues Gathering Steam in America

50 years ago MOST Americans were God-fearing.  They may not have been God-worshiping but at least they understood there was a Creator and MOST understood that they would one day have to answer to SOMEONE for how they lived their lives.  Furthermore MOST Americans recognized the Bible as a Book from God....which is why ALL Americans were made to swear an oath on the Bible when testifying in court.

Not today!

Rather that being God-fearing it seems that a large swath of America has turned to God-mocking.

Even though 78 percent of Americans are self-proclaimed “Christians,” the latest Barna Poll gives a clear indicator that Christianity is losing its grip across the country.

“While the United States remains shaped by Christianity, the faith’s influence — particularly as a force in American politics and culture — is slowly waning,” the Barna Group reports from its recent study. “An increasing number of religiously unaffiliated, a steady drop in church attendance, the recent Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage, and the growing tension over religious freedoms all point to a larger secularizing trend sweeping across the nation.”

America might house the world’s largest Christian population, but research shows that the country founded upon biblical principles more than two centuries ago is actually in the midst of transitioning into a “post-Christian” nation from coast to coast.

Christianity gaged by fact, not self-perception

Statistics tallied by Barna researchers over a seven-year period from nearly 61,000 interviews exposes the “irreligion” setting in on U.S. cities.

One major finding reveals that from 2013─2015, the number of “post-Christian” Americans rose ever closer to 50 percent. But what exactly does “post-Christian” mean?

Wanting to find the ultimate spiritual thermometer of Americans’ faith, the Barna Group set out to get a better idea about the true faith of the population by looking for a number of key faith indicators determined by both practice and belief. To do this, researchers used 15 metrics to measure factoring in participants’ lack of Christian identity, belief and practice in their daily lives. In order to qualify as “post-Christian,” individuals in the study needed to meet nine (60 percent) of the 15 criteria below  … and the “highly post-Christian” designation was met by individuals meeting 12 (80 percent) of the following factors:

Do not believe in God
Identify as atheist or agnostic
Disagree that faith is important in their lives
Have not prayed to God (in the last year)
Have never made a commitment to Jesus
Disagree the Bible is accurate
Have not donated money to a church (in the last year)
Have not attended a Christian church (in the last year)
Agree that Jesus committed sins
Do not feel a responsibility to “share their faith”
Have not read the Bible (in the last week)
Have not volunteered at church (in the last week)
Have not attended Sunday school (in the last week)
Have not attended religious small group (in the last week)
Do not participate in a house church (in the last year)

And the survey says …

Barna researchers are confident that their exhaustive analysis more accurately portrays where Americans stand when it comes to living out and identifying with their faith.

“These kinds of questions — compared to ticking the “Christian” box in a census — get beyond how people loosely identify themselves (affiliation), and get to the core of what people actually believe and how they behave as a result of their belief (practice),” Barna’s research team contends. “These indicators give a much more accurate picture of belief in America.”

According to Barna, the numbers don’t lie.

“Whether one believes this decline of ‘Christian America’ calls for a time of lament, or presents great opportunity (or both) for the Church, one cannot help but accept the changing landscape,” the Barna Group insists. “In just two years, the percentage of Americans who qualify as ‘post-Christian’ rose by 7 percentage points, from 37 percent in 2013 to 44 percent in 2015.”


There can be no denying that America is following Europe on the road to being Post-Christian.

Some believe that America will soon have a great revival!  I hope and pray that we do....but quite frankly I just don't see us turning back the laws on gay marriage, abortion and clinging to the Bible for the Words of Eternal Life.

Instead I see the pattern continuing of churches shunning the Bible as they embrace the views of the world. Many, many churches have already embraced homosexuality and stay totally away from abortion discussion because they have bought into the lie of "women's rights" as justification for killing babies.

Once the church of America loses it's ability or desire to be SALT AND LIGHT to a lost and dying world....and instead decides to preach a NEW GOSPEL of tolerance and inclusion....that we may as well be thrown out and trampled by pigs....because the Church of America has become worthless.

Matthew 5
13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.


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