Pew Research Latest Religious Stats Shows Huge Drop in US Christians

Pew Research Latest Religious Stats Shows Huge Drop in US Christians

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The Pew Research Center released its latest report on the religious composition of the US, finding a massive decline in self-identified Christians and a sharp increase in the religiously unaffiliated. The Bible predicted this.

Christian landscape in the US makes major downward shift

The Pew Research Center, the preeminent organization when it comes to religious studies, released its latest report on the religious composition of the United States this week in mid-December 2021.

This latest report shows a continuation of a downward trend in many categories that has been growing for decades. Here are some of the findings.

Decline of Christian identity

The number of US adults who self-identify as Christian has declined 15% in the past 15 years, dropping from 78% in 2007 to 63% in 2021.

Conversely, those who profess no religion has increased 13% since 2007, from 16% two 29% in 2021.

The number of people of other religions has remained relatively the same, climbing by 1 percent from 5% in 2007 to 6% in 2021.

Decrease in importance of religion, huge increase no importance

In 2007, 56% of US adults said religion was “very important” in their life. In 2021, that number fell to 41%. During the same time period, those who considered religion “somewhat important” barely changed from 26% to 25%.

Those who said religion was “not too/not at all” important to their lives more than doubled from 16% up to 33%.

1-in-5 have no religious affiliation

The number of US adults not affiliated with any particular type of religious denomination continues to increase, at 20% in 2021. The number in 2007 was 12%.

Number of atheist/agnostic and change, but doubled from 2007

The number of people self-identifying as an atheist has remained unchanged since 2015 at 4%, while those identifying as agnostic has also remained unchanged since 2017 at 5%. However, both numbers have roughly doubled since 2010, when both were at 2% each.

The Great Falling Away

“I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away.”

– John 16

In the above verse, Jesus prophesied that a time was coming when people would fall away from religious faith.

Christ’s disciples also preached of the decline of religious faith and the adoption of alternate belief systems inspired by Satan and his minions.

“Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons,”

– 1 Timothy 4:1

We see this in the world today. The idea is that truth is not absolute, but is subjective. The concept of moral relativity. The idea that gender is not fixed, but fluid.

The above ideas are becoming pervasive in society, and because Christians oppose these concepts, believers are finding themselves facing increasingly stronger opposition, banning, censure, and even violence.

In John 16, Jesus goes on to warn of persecution from those who have not known God. He also speaks of his second coming, and tells us to take comfort in the sorrow that is to come, because it will be replaced by joy.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world”

– John 16:33

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