An Exodus to Make Egypt Proud.
I felt like writing this post to talk about a new phenomenon in the American church. Namely, “churn”. As funny as the word sounds in and of itself, apparently religion in America has a turnover rate as high as retail. Christians are becoming Muslims, Muslims are becoming Catholic, Catholics are falling away, the fallen away are returning… it would seem to be a never-ending merry-go-round of dogma, doctrine, and belief. According to the article in the link, 28% of American Adults have changed their religious beliefs from that of their childhood. If you include those who have changed denominations within their religion, that number goes up to 44%.
To give a concrete example of this, since 1972 the Catholics have hovered right at about 25% of the population. Of the poll done by the Pew Association, more than 1/3 of those polled who were raised Catholic had left the church. However, the Catholic church has covered their losses by recruiting almost 3% of the populace as new converts and the acceptance of mass numbers of hispanic immigrants into their midst.
Is it any wonder that we need revival? Somewhere around 83% of Americans identify themselves as “Christian” (at least, those that the media finds to poll), and yet of those 83%, many will at one point or another abandon their faith for another. Yet, thanks to churn, once a couple leave, we snare a couple more with our slick “Evanglism tactics” and our “soulwinning” (hurl). The biggest propogators of this pandemic is not the Willow
Crack Creek Church people… with their diluted version of the Gospel, people get to feel religious without actually doing either. No, the biggest issue, IMO, is that we have no power or authority on our words or deeds. People are spiritually bored. They are looking for something real, and when they look at the church, they don’t find what they need. This should not be. People would rather lose themselves in the uber religious rigor of Islam or Hassidism than stay bored spiritually. This is why I pray all night… People are fleeing the church for “something real” when the only “real” thing is the triune God who died on a cross.
2nd Timothy 4:3 “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers;”