USA - Decade-Long Decline in Bible Reading

Arno Froese

A comprehensive survey conducted by the American Bible Society, “State of the Bible USA 2024,” has revealed a continuing decline in Bible engagement among Americans. Experts worry this trend could have far-reaching implications for the country’s spiritual and social fabric.

Despite the overall decrease in Bible usage, there are signs of an enduring interest in spiritual growth. The survey found that 15% of respondents reported an increase in their personal Bible use from the previous year, suggesting a resilient, albeit small, group of individuals deepening their engagement with scripture.

This spiritual decline is most pronounced among younger generations, with only 11% of Generation Z adults considered Scripture Engaged, the lowest among all age groups surveyed. This demographic is also the least likely to view the Bible as a significant influence in their lives., 15 April 2024

Arno's Commentary

Youth are the future; not many years hence, some will occupy decision-making positions. Others will hold governmental office. When one takes these things into consideration, it becomes plain: The US is following in the steps of its European forefathers, where religion has become relatively insignificant. Pew Research reveals global weekly church attendance: Sweden at 6%, Poland leading with 42%, followed by Greece at a distant 16%. North America is led by Mexico at 45%, USA at 36%, and Canada at 20%.

Bible reading and church attendance does not determine the true spiritual nature of the Church. However, the survey also found that 15% increased their personal Bible use over the previous year. These put into practice, “be ye also ready” (see Matthew 24:44).

In Revelation 22:11, the believer is admonished, while the unbeliever rejects salvation: “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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