A new, 2018 Pew Research Center Report polled a growing group in America: “religious nones.” This group describes themselves as “nothing in particular” when asked if they identify with a specific religious group. The vast majority are ex-Christians, and most are under the age of 35. Pew asked a representative sample of these “religious nones” why they now reject any religious affiliation and provided respondents with six possible responses.
According to the Pew report, most “religious nones” left because they “question a lot of religious teaching” (51 percent agreed with this statement), or because they “don’t like the positions churches take on social/political issues” (46 percent agreed with this statement). To a lesser extent, “nones” agreed with the statements, “I don’t like religious organizations” (34 percent), “I don’t like religious leaders” (31 percent), or “Religion is irrelevant to me” (26 percent).
Ex-Christians often leave the Church because they don’t think anyone in the Church can answer their questions or make a case. It’s time for believers to accept their responsibility to explain what Christianity proposes and why these propositions are true, especially when interacting with young people who have legitimate questions.
Source: Young Christians are leaving the church – Here’s why | Fox News
After Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro unveiled a grand jury report detailing the alleged sexual abuse of more than 1,000 children in his state by Catholic priests, law enforcement officials in at least seven other states appear to be launching their own inquiries or reviews of Catholic dioceses.
Source: After Bombshell Pennsylvania Catholic Sex Abuse Report, Other States Launch Investigations – Christian News Headlines
“Pastors have a real challenge in a sense that they give so much to so many people,” he said, “and many times the standard of behavior and conduct for pastors is so much higher that they feel isolated.”
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TRUTH BOMBS: “There’s nothing in the Bible that says you can’t drink alcohol in a responsible manner,” the pastor says.
Althrough the “pastor” is correct on drinking responsibly. The Bible does say this “Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations:” Go ahead – look it up.
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TRUTHBOMBS: It does not matter that this was an LDS “church” or not. This attack is the result of the false culctural influences that people are taught about churches. They believe that a church is like a McDonald’s and that they are entitled to some kind of materialistic gain just by coming to service. When a person’s sense of entitlement is challenged they tend to get violent.
A suspect was arrested Sunday after a shooting at a Mormon church in Fallon, Nev. left one dead and one wounded, authorities said.
Source: 1 dead, 1 wounded in shooting at Nevada Mormon church; suspect in custody | Fox News