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…
Modern Britain is no longer a Christian country, a report by the Commission on Religion and Belief in Public Life concludes. It calls on institutions to adapt to the nation’s increasingly multi-faith and non-religious makeup.
The commission, set up by the Woolf Institute and chaired by former high court judge Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, is a leading think tank studying relations between Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities.
The massive decline in churchgoing and the rise of Islam means a “new settlement” is needed for religion in the UK, the independent study finds.
The House of Lords, which includes a number of Church of England (CoE) bishops, should also feature imams, rabbis and other non-Christian clerics to give more official influence to other faith groups, the report suggests.
It added that acts of worship in school assemblies should be abolished and replaced with “time for reflection.”
“Three striking trends in recent decades have revolutionized the landscape on which religion and belief in Britain meet and interact,” the report said.
“The first is the increase in the number of people with non-religious beliefs and identities. The second is the decline in Christian affiliation, belief and practice and within this decline a shift in Christian affiliation that has meant that Anglicans no longer comprise a majority of Christians. read more…