It looks as if religious organizations of all types -- Catholic, Protestant, non-Christian -- are seeing declines.
So how does one reach these "unchurched" and encourage them to get involved?
there are plenty of people looking for answers. and heck, just even someone to talk to.
The next best study from Berkley would be a study on religion in Amerika!
Two subjects about which Berkley would know very little, if anything.
Sad. Isn’t this exactly what the marxists wanted?
With the left and media etc being at war against faith for decades, is anyone really surprised?
When most of what you watch on TV and hear in the news counters what the Bible says, what can you expect? Continuing a trend that appears to have been going on for a while.
From the beginning of time.
I think religion has been far to closely identified with politics in the last 20-30 years.
Politicians are idiots..God is not.
When religious beliefs are perceived by the majority of the population as nothing more than political posturing..faith loses.
America was a unique experiment based on natural law. If America fails it will not be because the foundation was not strong but because we forgot where we came from and allowed politics to define our faith and undermine the foundation...
At the risk of getting slapped around I will post my thoughts. Guess I’m feeling brave this evening.
Many people don’t affiliate with organized religion due to the recent bad press and demeanor of the churches.
That doesn’t mean they don’t pray, believe in God, believe in Jesus and the scripture.
Perhaps organized religion need so get back to it’s roots. Perhaps people will return then. Not everyone that doesn’t go to church is Godless.
The republican party just ran an anti-Christian cult leader who is in the process of becoming a God, as it’s nominee, I would say that Christianity is in deep trouble in America.
People are embracing reason and logic in place of superstition and ignorance? I’m shocked!
We’ll never see an article titled “Universities and Marxism increasingly parting ways”, will we? I’m sure that Soviet higher educational facilities were churning out the anti-religious agitprop just like thiswith the only difference being the backing by the USSR’s constitution, which explicitly granted special freedom to “antireligious propaganda” (Article 124 in the 1936 constitution, and Article 52 in the 1977 constitution as “atheistic propaganda”).
And this trend isn’t exactly improving life here, is it? The ungodly will crow until the sword falls.
I think it might be interesting to give these Berkly researchers a practical knowledge test to see if they really understand what religion is.
Just what is it that they call religion? those who believe in the Catholic Church,a protestant church, a church of satan, those who go to any organization called a church every week, those who go to the moose or elks or the masonic meetings, religion is about everything.
The reason i say that is because although i do believe in Jesus as my lord and i believe he died so that any one who believes in him might be saved i have no religion other than some regarding politics.
I also understand the need for evangelism as Jesus said you shall know the truth and the truth will set you free, but then what?
Some people are called to spread the word, some are to minister to those preaching the word, maybe some of us should just start trying to live as Jesus told us to.
Maybe the researchers should go over and walk up the hill that Jesus walked and just try to experience what it was really all about, maybe then they could think of a word other than religion.
Maybe their question should be this ( would you be willing to die for Jesus the Christ the way he died for you? )
I wonder what kind of a number they would come up with.
First, saying you have “no religious preference” does not mean you have no religion. It doesn’t even mean you are not a Christian believer.
Second, how do we reclaim the unchurched? We reclaim our own vision and offer that: Christ on a Cross, Christ’s real resurrection, His gifts to us of redemption, salvation, forgiveness, and a life of wholeness (holiness) for individuals and families.
And, then, be there when they begin to question the emptiness of the life the world offers.
Throughout the Bible, God's faithful ones lived among the pagans, the wicked, and the violent. The Almighty has the power to send armies of angels to protect and deliver those who fear Him. Those that He loves.
Be encouraged. God rules in the affairs of men.
"For this has been decreed by the messengers; it is commanded by the holy ones, so that everyone may know that the Most High rules over the kingdoms of the world. He gives them to anyone he chooses--even to the lowliest of people."
It’s an Obamaville Marxist fad. Men and women thinking with their lady’s parts which serves those who want to “rule” over them.
Americans should get away from religion and instead have a personal relationship with their Lord and Savior. Christianity is not a religion. Religions are not Christianity.