Liberal US Churches Shrinking, Non Denominational US Churches Growing

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Christian Journal: Christians are tired of hearing watered down teachings, instead, according to a recently published study, people of America are turning to Churches that stand on the Word of God.

Globally speaking, people are, according to similar studies, turning away from religion and faith based on what is explained as the secularization thesis. In summary, the thesis reads that “as societies progress, particularly through modernization and rationalization, religion loses its authority in all aspects of social life and governance.”

However, that is not taking place in America, in fact, it’s quite the opposite. According to the study, strong religious affiliation is growing, liberal religious affiliation is declining, and the intensity of American religion is actually becoming more exceptional over time. more …

Opinion: A long time reader sent in this article form the Christian Post and asked this question:

“If I read right, it says that up to 1/3 of the US population could be legit Christians (Bible reading, praying, attending churches, etc?). If that is true, a rapture event could decimate this country. No?”

Yes.

A Google search on the population of America shows that as of 2016 there were 323.1 million people in the US. If 1/3 are taken (107.7 million), the effect on the nation would be  incalculable.

1 Corinthian 15:51-52: Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

The trumpet signals the end of the church age. Paul followed up the teaching to the Thessalonians who had though they might have missed the rapture:

1 Thessalonians 1:16-18: “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.” 

In the same letter Paul made it clear that the church, all those who accept the pardon that the blood of Christ provides, would not be on earth for the time of wrath:

1 Thessalonians 1:10:and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from (Greek word – out of) the wrath to come.

1 Thessalonians 5:9: For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Therefore, comfort one another with these words.

(Thank you Shelley)

6 COMMENTS

  1. In my opinion, there is NO way that even close to one third of the US population are Christians. Think of it, if that were true, then every time you walked into a public place you could expect that one in every 3 people that you came across were true, Bible-believing Christians. The next time you go to your secular job, to the grocery store, to the mall, to a sporting event or any place like that, look around and tell me if you really think that one in every 3 people that you are looking at are true Christians. If that were true then Christians would be such a powerful force in this nation that abortion would never have become legal, TV and movies would never have become so debauched, gay marriage would never have become the law of the land Barack Obama would never have become president (certainly not twice)…and much more. I doubt that one in ten Americans is a true believer.

  2. Christuffer, I’m very much in agreement with you! Our culture is proof positive of a “post” Christian America, and the political climate is nothing less than a cesspool. This is the main reason that the Church of Philadelphia, in Rev 3, is looked upon as pitiful and poor in the world’s eyes but strong in our Lord’s eyes. Many babble about being Christian but few are. 10% might be a stretch.

  3. We have to remember that children and babies would also be taken in the rapture. 10% might be just right.

  4. You are welcome, Author.
    I, also, do not believe 1/3 of the American population will be taken in the rapture. Nonetheless, I found the survey results interesting. I am thinking there may be many people out there who know the gospel and are looking around at the world right now and wondering how things got so bad and if the end really is near…looking at their lives and wondering why they feel so empty. We can only hope and pray that is true and that they put give their lives to Jesus before it is too late. Aside from that – even if only 10% were taken, Christians are usually the best and the brightest employees and occupy some of the most important positions of our society, politically, academically, and militarily. Let’s just look at Washington, for instance. I am only saying WHAT IF here – but, what if Trump really is saved? And Pence and Conway and Pompeo and many others? Governors? Judges? Scientists? Doctors? I have to believe there would be (some) mouths hanging open even amongst the liberal left if they were to suddenly disappear. At any rate, it would take some time to regroup, rendering this country useless for a time – and it will be no less dangerous and scary a time than it is right now. In fact, we know it will be worse. Just saying… Even so… Maranatha!!!

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