It was prophesied by Jesus in Matthew 24…
It was reiterated several times in different ways by the apostle Paul in his letters to Timothy and to the early churches…
The prophecy? That there would be a great apostasy – a “falling away” from faith in Christ in the last days before His second coming.
At the same time – interestingly and ironically – Jesus foretold that worldwide evangelism would occur in the last days…
We are seeing both prophecies being fulfilled…
A recent Pew Research Center study revealed the following disturbing trends:
- 65% of American adults describe themselves as Christian – down from 77% in 2009
- 26% describe themselves as atheist, agnostic, or “nothing in particular” – up from 17% in 2009
- 43% of U.S. adults identify with a Protestant denomination – down from 51% in 2009
- 20% call themselves Catholic – down from 23% in 2009
Perhaps most disturbing of all is the increase in the religiously unaffiliated population – the so-called “Nones.”
- Self-described atheists have doubled in the past 10 years – from 2% in 2009 to 4% today.
- Agnostics have nearly doubled – from 3% in 2009 to 5% today.
- The “Nones” – those who describe their religion as “nothing in particular” – have increased from 12% in 2009 to 17% today.
To put these percentages in perspective, the number of religious “nones” has risen by about 30 million adults over the past 10 years.
Jesus warned His followers to expect a falling away from faith in the end times…
In answering a question from His disciples about what would be the sign “of the end of the age,” Jesus said, “At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another. Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many. Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold.” (Matthew 24:10-12)
In the same passage, Jesus also said, “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:14)
Paul also tells Timothy about end-time apostasy:
“But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron…”
(1 Timothy 4:1-2)
We will have more on the decline of Christianity in America – and the rise of Christian evangelism around the world – in future articles…
What do you think? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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