Christians Are At War With One Another As Americans Leave The Church In Droves

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Christianity is under attack from a thousand different directions all at once, and yet many believers have turned their guns on one another. This war among Christians seems to intensify with each passing year, and believers are often fighting for some of the stupidest reasons you can possibly imagine. Meanwhile, people are leaving our churches in droves and church attendance is way down. This is especially true of younger Americans. According to an incredible new report that was just released by the Pew Research Center, only 27 percent of all Millennials (U.S. adults born since 1990) attend religious services on a weekly basis. When you go into many churches in America on Sunday mornings, all you see are “the greys”, and I am not talking about space aliens. But instead of focusing on fixing what has gone wrong, many Christians (including a number of very prominent ministers) spend most of their energy savagely attacking their brothers and sisters in Christ. This is absolutely disgraceful and it needs to stop.

America is on the exact same path to secularization that Europe has already gone down. The Pew Research Center discovered that the percentage of Americans who are “absolutely certain” that God exists declined from 71 percent in 2007 to 63 percent in 2014. Meanwhile, the percentage of those that are “religiously unaffiliated” rose from 16 percent in 2007 to 23 percent today.

Atheism, agnosticism and other religions are on the rise in America, and Christianity is in decline. And as I noted above, this is particularly true among our young people. Here are some more numbers from an excerpt that I pulled directly out of the Pew report

Millennials – especially the youngest Millennials, who have entered adulthood since the first Landscape Study was conducted – are far less religious than their elders. For example, only 27% of Millennials say they attend religious services on a weekly basis, compared with 51% of adults in the Silent generation. Four-in-ten of the youngest Millennials say they pray every day, compared with six-in-ten Baby Boomers and two-thirds of members of the Silent generation. Only about half of Millennials say they believe in God with absolute certainty, compared with seven-in-ten Americans in the Silent and Baby Boom cohorts. And only about four-in-ten Millennials say religion is very important in their lives, compared with more than half in the older generational cohorts.

It has been projected that if current trends continue, the percentage of Americans attending church in 2050 will be about half of what it is today.

So those that are supposedly “leading the church” in America today need to wake up. What you are doing is not working. This nation is falling away from God, but many of you are spending much of your time and energy attacking one another.

Another thing that should deeply, deeply alarm Christian leaders is the fact that a large percentage of “believers” do not even seem to grasp the essential basics of the Christian faith. I am talking about things like who God is, the plan of salvation and the authority of the Bible. Here is more from Pew’s new report

Among Christians, two-thirds say many religions can lead to eternal life, and most of them (50% of all Christians) say some non-Christian religions can lead to life everlasting. The view that some non-Christian faiths can lead to eternal life is held by roughly two-thirds of Catholics (68%) and mainline Protestants (65%), as well as 59% of Orthodox Christians. Fewer members of the historically black Protestant tradition (38%), evangelical Protestants (31%) and Mormons (31%) say some non-Christian religions can lead to salvation. Just 5% of Jehovah’s Witnesses say some non-Christian faiths can lead to eternal life.

If other religions can lead to eternal life, then why did Jesus have to die on the cross? Why couldn’t He have just come down and pointed us in the direction of all those other faiths? Many Christians don’t seem to understand that Jesus had to die for us on the cross because there is no other payment for our sins. He took the penalty that we deserved, and now He offers us a new life as a free gift.

Without Him, we would have absolutely no hope and no future. But because of Him, our sins are forgiven and we have been given eternal life.

But a very large percentage of believers does not understand this. Sadly, many Christians seem to think that you can believe whatever you want and it will all be okay in the end.

So as you can see, the church in America today is a mess. As a Christian myself, this pains me greatly.

But instead of working to fix the problems and praying for revival, many believers seem to take glee in tearing down their fellow Christians.

One of the bad things about the anonymity of the Internet is that it gives people an opportunity to show what is really in their hearts. And in many cases, what comes out of the hearts of many supposed “Christians” is absolutely frightening.

If you venture into places where believers hang out on Facebook, on Twitter, on YouTube and on various Christian websites all over the Internet, you will find some of the most vile things imaginable being said about specific individuals.

I have seen Christians use curse words to describe one another, and good, solid believers that I know personally have been called “whores”, “heretics” and “scumbags” just to give you a few examples. There are even some “Christians” that publicly wish for their brothers and sisters in Christ to die and go to hell.

This kind of thing should not be happening. In Matthew chapter 22, Jesus gave us instructions about how we are to treat one another…

36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

38 This is the first and great commandment.

39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

On my websites I talk about some very hard things, but you will notice that I don’t attack specific individuals that are on the same side as me. In this day and age, it is imperative that we all figure out who our friends are. None of us are ever going to agree 100 percent on everything, and that is okay.

Yes, sometimes there are things that need to be addressed, but the vast majority of times they can be taken care of privately. I have had some very honest discussions with people that are on the same side as me in private, but I would never air that stuff publicly.

If we are going to make it through what is coming, we have got to learn how to love one another. And we have got to stop viciously attacking one another over stupid stuff. Yes, there are some things that are so important that they must never be compromised on, but most of the attacks that I see happening are over very petty things.

And without a doubt, there are times when it become necessary to rebuke someone. But when at all possible it should be done in private, and it should always be done in a spirit of love.

Because in the end, if we do not have love, we are nothing. You can have all of the “knowledge” in the world, and you can go around correcting everyone else, but if you are lacking in love you are just a baby.

This is a hard lesson that I had to learn, and hopefully what I have written here will be helpful for someone.

This war among Christians needs to stop. Our faith is under attack like never before, and we desperately need to learn how to start working together.

At some point, hopefully we will begin to actually live the words of our Savior in John chapter 13…

34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

(Originally posted on End of the American Dream)

5 thoughts on “Christians Are At War With One Another As Americans Leave The Church In Droves”

  1. The indoctrination of minors to religion is child abuse. If this practice was outlawed then, within a generation or two, religion would be relegated to the lunatic fringe where it belongs and a lot of the world’s problems would just disappear.
    My comment applies to all religions.

    • I hate to burst your bubble, but eliminate religion and you will achieve nothing. Non-religious people already have the notion that there must be “something else” and that when you die, even non-religious people refuse to believe that they will cease to exist. Indeed, there are many scientists who will say “information” never disappears and have considered how information may remain coherent (eg through quantum entanglement). In any case, just because you have your own secular world view point, does not mean that anyone else agrees with you. In the US, you (Americans collectively) push your own agendas and promote “capitalism”as your religion. In Europe, they have far greater “social democracy”, while China and Russia are different again. And even within these generalities, even in the US you have the greedy who “don’t give a toss” about the poor or anyone else! Do you truly believe that most people would come to your world view when they drop religion? It would be all the more reason for conflict. After all why should anyone take notice of the US who “bullies the world” to get all of the resources at the expense of the poor and disadvantaged? If the US was bombed out of existence, it makes logical sense that the vast majority of resources could be distributed more easily! “…A lot of the worlds problems would disappear”. Perhaps that would make you happier!

      Christianity offers the promise of eternal life. It does not promise riches, in spite of what the prosperity gospel preachers promise. It doesn’t require you to be perfect. It requires belief and a change of attitude/forgiveness and owing up to your shortcomings. If you think about computing, you know that some “upgrades” can only be accomplished when the machine is rebooted. Your eternal upgrade can come if you are willing to accept the “upgrade terms”.

      • Being dead is the same as it is before one is born.
        Religion is for gullible cowards who are afraid of death and not able face up to their own mortality.
        Religions are basically intolerant and the source of many conflicts.
        I found atheism very liberating.
        No one can come back to say “There is nothing there”. A perfect scam to induce obedience and conformity.
        The religious wouldn’t bother me so much except that, as I have stated, they prey on kids.

  2. The church is controlled by the money that comes in from the wage earning public.
    I remember in the 80s talking to a minister about my soon to be ex-wife. I asked why he did not confront her since I was obviously innocent of adultery or any other thing that justifies divorce. He said if he confronted her all that would happen is she would leave his church for another one. That did happen. She went to a large church of the same denomination south of town.
    So in our churches it is all right to do wrong without criticism from the ministers charged with keeping us lawful in Christ?
    The wishy washy approach turns me completely off.
    The apology route also turns me completely off.
    What happened to the Christians is they got comfortable and prosperous. Anything that is against that approach is not supported by the Ministers of the faith in this country.
    Other places have not done that.
    An entire village in North Korea was willing to die with their children because they would not deny Christ. Now that is impressive.
    Would Christians here give up their lives for Christ?
    Peter denied at the cross and he was very prominent as a disciple of Christ.
    It is not an easy question for comfortable people.
    I honestly do not know what I would do if it were me.
    To me this is a failure of the many denominations that represent Christ in this country.
    Not all would deny Christ. And those people are likely to die and wake up at Christ’s side in Heaven in a new body.
    I cannot guarantee any of this and any one that says he can is either ignorant or a liar.
    There have been an enormous number of people over the years that were sent back here after they died in their original bodies. All of which is circumstantial evidence of the greatest kind.
    Most were told to come back because it was not their time to die.
    What is taught is not what I would desire to be taught in the churches.
    I would teach about the soul. I would teach about its relationship to the body and what we think happens when said soul leaves the body.
    A lot of which is fairly in the Bible for those that seek truth rather than lies or things that have been passed down from earlier generations.
    Where religion conflicts with forensic medicine we need to know why ministers believe the way they do.
    Forensics is very good at detailing the death and what happens to the brain after death. And they do believe that there is no soul but just a brain that goes down when we die.
    And that basically is what religion, specifically Christian Religion is all about. Christians believe that there is a spirit that survives death and I include myself in that belief. That spirit being the soul that goes to judgement. Look not to the body that has died. Because that is the shell by which we interact with this universe.
    In an interacting world a lot of concepts that our people that have died have been challenged and some are not true.
    For instance we are looking out on a Universe so fantastically big that this planet is a mere speck of dust.
    The universe as we know it is unlikely to be 6,000 years old. Especially when we have documentation that it is much older.
    The question of age is unresolved.
    Science leans on 13-18 billlon years old. Yet the law of the travel at the speed of light limitation makes liars of them all.
    The Universe is at least 100 billion light years across. Probably that is the limit of our ability to perceive things not the actual size of the Universe. Which means it either expanded to that width or it has been there all along.
    We are on the verge of redesigning the programming that makes us human. How does that effect the Christian Religion.
    For instance, in the BIble, it refers to Adam’s children as having 900 year lifespans. We are on the verge of giving that lifespan back.
    The scientists know what causes us to age and die. They know approximately how to reverse it. Only the details are likely to stop them because as we age we lose data from the genetic programming.
    Yet certain cells in the body retain the original data.
    So longevity is possible.
    Christians often live in a world of their own completely ignorant of all I have just brought up. Our children are not so lucky. They are told a portion of the truth and that is why the church is likely dying.
    I believe in Jesus Christ as my savior. I believe because I know lies when I see them.
    Our Children are not so lucky. We educate our religious leaders. They need to educate our children if the churches are going to survive.

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