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Is The Church In America Dying? – By Jerry Newcombe

Is The Church In America Dying? - By Jerry Newcombe

Is The Church In America Dying? – By Jerry Newcombe

Is The Church In America Dying? – By Jerry Newcombe

“We are a religious people whose institutions presuppose a Supreme Being.” So declared the U.S. Supreme Court in Zorach v. Clauson (1952).

In an earlier decision, Rector of the Holy Trinity v. United States (1892), the Supreme Court said: “[Americans are] a religious people. This is historically true. From the discovery of this continent to the present hour, there is a single voice making this affirmation.”

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The Trinitydecision then went into great detail about the early colonial charters (mostly Christian). Finally, the Supreme Court concluded: “These, and many other matters which might be noticed, add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a Christian nation.”

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But fast forward to today. Recent assessments declare or imply that the church in America is dying. One headline described it this way: “Axios begins a countdown to death of Christianity.”

Is The Church In America Dying? – By Jerry Newcombe

Axios comments on the findings of the Pew Research Center: “Depending on whether this trend slows, stops or speeds up, Pew projects the number of Christians of all ages will shrink from 64% to between 54% and 35% of all Americans by 2070.”

These stories on the alleged death of the American Church keep popping up. And I have often talked on the radio with Dr. Byron Johnson of Baylor University about them. He’s a professor of social sciences and notes over and over that these stories give the wrong impression.

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Johnson, who used to teach at Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania, co-wrote an article about the “Nones.” The Nones simply refers to people who would be categorized by the pollsters as having no religious affiliation.

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The Pew study mentioned above, for example, declares that, given the present trends, by 2070,”’Nones’ would rise from the current 30% to 34%-52% of the U.S.”

But what Johnson and his co-authors, including the late Dr. Rodney Stark, argue is that many of the “Nones” might not be as irreligious as they would seem.

Here’s what Johnson and Stark et al. noted: “[M]any individuals who report no religious affiliation or check ‘none’ on surveys (as well as atheists and agnostics) display a wide variety of religious and spiritual practices and beliefs. Many attend religious services, pray, meditate, believe in God or a higher power, have religious experiences, and believe in heaven, hell, and miracles.”

Is The Church In America Dying? – By Jerry Newcombe

It seems almost as if the “Nones” should perhaps be called instead “the Sometimes.”

Johnson and company continue: “Even though a growing proportion of people in the U.S. appear to be reporting no religious affiliation on surveys, there are many measurement-related, conceptual, and methodological reasons to question the assumption that these people are not religious, and scholars need to look more closely at the actual practices and beliefs of so-called nones.”

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Johnson and his coauthors also take other pollsters to task for being sloppy in their terminology: “[U]se of phrases like religious none, no religion, and not religious to describe this group of individuals is inappropriate, inaccurate, and misleading since they may simply be institutionally unaffiliated or indeed affiliated but not with any of the list of categories provided.”

They conclude that more research is needed before definitive statements are pronounced: “More focused research is needed before we will fully understand who the nones are, and whether religion is actually declining in the U.S., as well as around the world.”

As Glenn T. Stanton explains in his bookThe Myth of the Dying Church (2019): “The apparent shrinking of Christianity is both true and false. True in that nominal and weak ‘Christian-in-name-only’ folks are identifying as Christians less and less. But there is no indication whatsoever that serious faith is shrinking any.”

Is The Church In America Dying? – By Jerry Newcombe

Stanton adds, “So is Christianity shrinking? Not if you’re talking about the biblically faithful congregations that call their people to genuine Christian discipleship. Only … the mainline churches … are free falling as if they have a millstone tied to their necks.”

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“So the real story is,” notes Stanton, “this is a sheep and goats being divided thing. A clarifying of faith, rather than shrinking of faith.”

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In John Calvin’s Commentary on Isaiah 9:7, he provides an excellent reminder for Christians of all ages that we are truly on the winning side: “Though the kingdom of Christ is in such a condition that it appears as if it were about to perish at every moment, yet God not only protects and defends it, but also extends its boundaries far and wide, and then preserves and carries it forward in uninterrupted progression to eternity.”

Dr. Byron Johnson told me: “Here’s a bit of advice: the secular media will continue to push out the narrative that religion is dying … why not focus on the hundreds and thousands of peer-reviewed studies that show the power of faith to transform?” That sounds like a great topic for a future column.


Jerry Newcombe, D.Min., is the executive director of the Providence Forum, an outreach of D. James Kennedy Ministries, where Jerry also serves as senior producer and an on-air host. He has written/co-written 33 books, including George Washington’s Sacred Fire (with Providence Forum founder Peter Lillback, Ph.D.) and What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? (with D. James Kennedy, Ph.D.). www.djkm.org?    @newcombejerry      www.jerrynewcombe.com

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Accept Jesus Christ today and secure a life of eternal rest and Glory …

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Lord Jesus, I believe you died for my sins, Forgive me of all my iniquities. I accept you as my Lord and Saviour from today and forevermore. Come and Be the Lord of my life and I am willing to obey your command and live according to your will as you help me, Thank you for accepting me into your fold. AMEN

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Pastor Ezekiel Atang Buried In Uyo See Photos & Guests Who Attended

Pastor Ezekiel Atang Buried In Uyo See Photos & Guests Who Attended

Pastor Ezekiel Atang Buried In Uyo See Photos & Guests Who Attended

Pastor Ezekiel Atang Buried In Uyo See Photos & Guests Who Attended

Late Pastor Ezekiel Atang Burial and Service Of Songs 

The body of late Pastor Ezekiel Atang, the Presiding Pastor of God’s House of Refuge, Uyo laid to rest in his hometown.

The Pastor died on Sunday, February 20, 2022, while in active pastoral duties at Onitsha, Anambra where he was invited to a 3-day crusade. READ HERE

The late cleric kicked off his final home journey on Wednesday, March 31 with a Service of Songs at the church auditorium in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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There was a lying-in-state on Thursday, March 31 at the church premises by 8 am while a funeral service was held at the Ibom Hall Ground, which was attended by the state governor, Udom Emmanuel and other clerics.

Pastor Ezekiel Atang Buried In Uyo See Photos & Guests Who Attended

However, Some of the guests include the governor of Akwa Ibom state, Rev Dr Uma Ukpai, Dr Pasul Enenche and Many others.

MAY HIS GENTLE SOUL FIND ETERNAL REST IN THE LORD

See pictures below.

             

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ARE YOU BORN AGAIN? IF NO, ACCEPT JESUS NOW

Accept Jesus Christ today and secure a life of eternal rest and Glory …

Say this 1 Minute Prayer

Lord Jesus, I believe you died for my sins, Forgive me of all my iniquities. I accept you as my Lord and Saviour from today and forevermore. Come and Be the Lord of my life and I am willing to obey your command and live according to your will as you help me, Thank you for accepting me into your fold. AMEN

JOHN 3: 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God

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Apostle Johnson Suleman Releases A Prophecy About 2022

Apostle Johnson Suleman Releases A Prophecy About 2022

Apostle Johnson Suleman Releases A Prophecy About 2022

Apostle Johnson Suleman Releases A Prophecy About 2022

The General Overseer and Senior Pastor of Omega Fire Ministry (OFM), Apostle Johnson Suleman has released what God showed him concerning the year 2022.

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He is well known for speaking the mind of God in issues as his prophecies come to pass.

“There are some things I will say that may be coded, but I wrote a few things and I’ll stop at a point where God said I should stop and then we will pray,” he said.

The pastor stated clearly in his prophecy that, something terrifying will happen in 2022 and he urged the Church to pray against it.

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Johnson Suleman Releases A Prophecy About 2022

As he says, when God reveal a problem,  He reveals it with redemption in mind. “Covid19 is an experiment and now they are rejoicing that they could shake the world and they will wait for another year.

In 2022, something worse will happen and it will originate from them. The world leaders are coming together to have a synergy.  To make all religions have a common ground, and the Pope is part of it,”

Apostle Suleman said.

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Tim Godfrey Becomes House On The Rock Church Music Director

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Tim Godfrey Becomes House On The Rock Church Music Director

Tim Godfrey Becomes House On The Rock Church New Music Director

Phenomenal Music Artist and songwriter, Tim Godfrey has been appointed as the new music director, technical director and head of music at House On The Rock.

The “Nara” crooner and also “Fearless Concert” host succeeds highly rated award-winning music producer Wilson Joel, also known as Music Magnate after 9 years of being the music director.

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Wilson Joel took to his social media page to make the news public by sharing a congratulatory message to the Roc Nation CEO via Instagram saying;

 “Major congratulations to @timgodfreyworld as the new music director, technical director and head of music at @houseontherockchurch – from the core of my heart I’m glad.

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Tim Godfrey Becomes House On The Rock New Music Director

“I know you’ll do well there and the choir will be glad to have you! May all the support needed physically, mentally and spiritually be granted unto you as you serve pastor @pauladefarasin

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“It was great being the music director for 9 years and it has been a blessing to me in so many ways serving my heart out!

As I proceed with my journey of destiny by God’s ORDER, I wish you ALL of the best that I wish myself my dear friend!

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“Love always! You can do this and probably better”

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Wilson Joel‘s shoes would surely be a hard one to fill but who else could have been up to the task if not Tim Godfrey?

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