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?”
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)