Change usually happens slowly in the Church. But a review of the past year’s research conducted by the Barna Group provides a time-lapse portrayal of how the religious environment in the U.S. is morphing into something new.
Analyzing insights drawn from more than 5,000 non-proprietary interviews conducted over the past 11 months, George Barna indicated that the following patterns were evident in the survey findings.
Very very interesting article on the state of the church, where people are out inside the church and outside, where we have come from, where we are going.
The first one for example: 1. The Christian Church is becoming less theologically literate.
So true, with the lack of sunday school these days, and the breakdown in family and just the plain meh attitude about making church a priority in peoples lives causes total lack of knowledge. Even if they go to church, most people don’t really know what they are there for, other than for a feel good time, or to put in their ‘church’ time.
What used to be basic, universally-known truths about Christianity are now unknown mysteries to a large and growing share of Americans–especially young adults. For instance, Barna Group studies in 2010 showed that while most people regard Easter as a religious holiday, only a minority of adults associate Easter with the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
5. The postmodern insistence on tolerance is winning over the Christian Church.
Our biblical illiteracy and lack of spiritual confidence has caused Americans to avoid making discerning choices for fear of being labeled judgmental. The result is a Church that has become tolerant of a vast array of morally and spiritually dubious behaviors and philosophies.
So true. I’m often considered intolerant for being hardcore on hell fire and brimstone preaching, I think people these days want to hear something real and absolute like that at church. I’m all for loving everyone the same, we’re all sinners but we need to stop preaching nice stuff and tell them the truth about good and evil and that there are consequences to their actions!
Thats ok though, it all points to the fact that we are in the end of time, Jesus is ready to enter stage right (or left…), all the actors are in place or ready to appear. We’re nearing the climax of the earths history. Exciting times!
Do give it a read, at minimum a skim, I think you’ll find yourself agreeing to much of it.
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