USA - Study Shows Christianity Diminishing

Arno Froese

A new report by Pew Research Center and the General Social Survey found a surge of adults leaving Christianity to become atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular.” It predicted that if the number of Christians under 30 abandoning their faith accelerates beyond the current pace, adherents of the historically dominant religion of the U.S. could become a minority by 2045.

Noting how approximately 90% of Americans identified as Christians in the early 1990s, the study observed that number, which includes children, had fallen to only 64% by 2020. The number of people in the U.S. who identify as religiously unaffiliated, meanwhile, skyrocketed from 16% in 2007 to 29% in 2020, the research showed. 

The study’s data showed that while more older Americans are remaining identified with Christianity, many younger adults are increasingly switching to “nones.”

“If the pace of switching before the age of 30 were to speed up throughout the projection period without any brakes, Christians would no longer be a majority by 2045,” Pew researchers noted.

In such a scenario, the number of religiously unaffiliated would stand at 52% and the number of Christians dip to 35% by 2070., 15 September 2022

Arno's Commentary

We recognize that the decline in church membership may not necessarily represent fulfillment of Bible prophecy, such as “… there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition” (2 Thessalonians 2:3b). However, the tendency toward non-religion is definitely evident. People never had it so good as today when it comes to material possessions, quality of life, communication, transportation, just to name a few, which all lead to the self-confidence of mankind and the decrease in need for the divine. 

Here we must quote 2 Timothy 3:1-5: “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”

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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