I just read the report of the Pew Research on Christianity in America. The article told how many have left the church of their youth and have migrated to non-denominational churches. The research showed that 25% of the population of the 18-29 year olds have no religious affiliation at all. The most rapid growth is among non-denominational protestant churches. Because that is where my affiliation is I have grave concerns about the future of our country. I just heard from another source that 93% of the people attending our type of chuches are "cultural Christians." That means they go to church because it seems like the right thing to do. Our church has about 2300 people in attendance and I’d bet the ranch there isn’t 10% of them who could intelligently discuss their faith, what they believe and why. Our type of church is really one brief step away from the unaffiliated. Some who come move toward a stronger faith or should I say a beginning faith, but for many it is the last stop before no man’s land.
I submit that when our type of church is the fastest growing in America we are one generation away from being like Great Britain where 1% of the population attend church. So, Jesus question to his disciples makes sense now, "When I return, will I even find the faith on earth?"
What is the solution? Many contemporary churches basically have abandoned the Bible. We throw in some quotes, here and there but have no avenue to systematically study the Word of God to see what it teaches. Part of the solution is to bring the Book back into focus. I know in the ministry I lead there are only one or two people who have any clue what the Bible says about anything. When that is true, people will follow who ever puts on the most entertaining show and that might be the NFL or NASCAR! We must start teaching people the value of the Bible as the bedrock of their faith. There must be a forum, an elective or some means to study the Bible in depth or we are doomed as churches and as a nation.