Although the Holy Bible is a massive $2.5-billion industry, it is a bestseller that many Americans do not read much less understand, according to Christian scholar Jeremiah J. Johnston.
Writing for Fox News, Johnson said the Bible has been stripped down, twisted, misread, adulterated, supplemented, and even overruled. But despite all these modifications and reinterpretations, “95 percent of the congregation will not realise” them, he said.
The reason for this is that “many Americans no longer know the Bible,” said Johnson, the president of Christian Thinkers Society.
The American Bible Society backed up Johnson’s claim, noting the declining influence of the Bible in the U.S. its annual State of the Bible report. read more….
Answers in Genesis CEO and President Ken Ham has posted a list of the top five most worrisome trends he sees developing in American churches, identifying liberal pastors and youths rejecting Christianity as some of his biggest concerns.
“More watering down of the Word to accommodate our culture’s lies. We’re consistently seeing more and more churches compromising on God’s Word in order to preach what is perceived by our culture as a loving and tolerant message (e.g., supporting gay ‘marriage’),” he wrote Tuesday about the first trend.
“But it’s really a message that’s loving and tolerant of sin but contrary to the Word of God, which should be our standard for morality (2 Timothy 3:16). Over the next year and beyond, I anticipate we will see more of 2 Timothy 4:3–4 coming true as many churches become places to satisfy ‘itching ears’ rather than places to satisfy a thirst for truth.”
For the second trend he identified increasing pressure on the church to conform to what he called “the culture’s thinking on marriage, gender, and sexuality,” and said that many Christian individuals and organizations have already compromised.
Ham, who is also the CEO and president of the Creation Museum in Kentucky, said that pressure on the Church in regards to the sanctity of life will also be increased. He warned that Christian organizations need to refuse to violate their consciences and refuse to pay for abortions or abortion-inducing drugs in healthcare plans.
For the fourth trend, he noted that large numbers of young people continue leaving the church, and embrace culture instead. read more…