This article is called “18 Reasons Why People Stop Being Christians. This first part is written by (Story by Jane Andrews, from Critical Financial). I will post it here then do my part of this article. So, lets what she says: In checking out this article Mrs. Andrews uses several sources, and that is a good thing. I do think she is trying to be honest regarding why people are leaving “CHRISTIANITY.”
I will address my response in the color PURPLE so no one will be confused in this article. I will also highlight certain words in RED for emphasis, and clarification. I will answer from real Christianity, doctrine and Gods’ Word, not man’s opinion. THAT IS THE REAL DIFFERENCE.
“1. Exploring the intricacies of belief systems and faith for many Americans is important, especially for those who find themselves at a crossroads when it comes to the topic of Christianity. As a personal journey for many, the points that follow mention 18 reasons why people have stopped being Christians. The answer is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ for eternal Salvation. II Corinthians 5:21 “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
2. Conflicts between faith and science. Many Americans struggle to resolve conflicts and contradictions between the scientific and the biblical. Aspects such as evolution, the earth’s age, and the Big Bang theory can all contribute to the discord of those seeking evidence and rational explanations for the world around them. Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning, God created.” John 1:10 “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.”
3. Personal hardships or negative encounters with religious institutions. Often, it’s the negative experiences that people face within religious institutions that put them at a crossroads. Things such as unfair treatment, dishonesty, abuse, power struggles, and scandals all lead to disillusionment and disengagement from practices of faith. Christians are not perfect people; they just have a perfect Savior. Christians are not perfect people they are just forgiven-are you? John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
4. The enigma of evil and suffering. The eternal question of why a loving and all-powerful God would permit suffering, evil acts, and injustice in our world challenges many. This philosophical dilemma often breeds uncertainty, which eventually leads some individuals to depart from Christianity. Maybe you have never heard the phrase “FREE WILL?” That is your ability to choose what you do, whether good or evil. So, let’s all blame God for the choices we make but ignore the work of Satan in your own life. Then there is that dirty word called “SIN” that must be erased or changed in this new progressive society. Mankind has the right and the human right to accept and believe what God says or disbelieve. YOU CHOOSE.
5. Exposure to interfaith and multicultural perspective. Being exposed to cultures and religions can expand one’s worldview, leading them to question and reevaluate their religious beliefs. Consequently, this exploration may result in a shift from Christianity toward other faiths or even a more secular perspective. This is the big push of the globalists and the Vatican for everyone to just come together, get along, and concentrate on what we have in common. Come sign on the line for the fake one world religion. But they will be in charge and tell you what you can and cannot believe.
6.Intellectual uncertainties and inquiries. According to Jim Davis and Graham Michael’s book titled The Great Dechurching, over 40 million Americans stopped attending church, in “the largest and fastest religious shift in U.S. history.” Doctrines that engage in asking questions, thinking for yourself, and encouraging debate that leads to uncertainties are also another big reason why people leave Christianity. Many people nowadays follow belief systems that are rooted in evidence, and when this is lacking, it gives them other doubts that lead them away from this religion.
If we can be honest here it did happen in history but also in 2019. Globalism and the Covid-19 so called pandemic, shut down churches worldwide. QUARANTINE AND LOCKDOWN. People across the world got use to staying home and not going to church. Or became satisfied watching some church service on television or the internet. This became their new “HABIT.” Even today in 2024 churches have never fully recovered. Now add to that the great push of Political Correctness in all churches.
7. Yearning for freedom. Christianity has a tendency to impose certain rules and regulations on its followers and breeds authoritarianism, and people are having none of anything that limits their freedom. John 8:36 “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.“
8.Social and cultural transformations. Issues such as LGBTQ+ rights, abortion, and gender equality are constantly changing and clash with the teachings of Christianity. People who live and support these values may feel alienated from religious communities, and as a result, they don’t feel the need to be associated with this religion. Hebrews 11:25 “Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.” Christianity is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, not a Religion.
9. Feeling disconnected or lacking a sense of belonging. In many churches, the idea of segregation is prevalent, and some churchgoers are favored over others, making others feel unwelcome. This causes a disconnect within these establishments, and the community as a whole can trigger feelings of isolation. When this sense of belonging is absent, they might start drifting from their faith. Psalm 133:1 “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” Galatians 6:2 “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.“
10. Seeking authenticity in their spiritual experience. Many people seek genuineness and a sense of authenticity in the spiritual groups they join. This may lead them to explore other avenues outside of this religion. This often means moving away from Christianity in search of a path that feels more genuine to them. I Timothy 4:1 “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.
11. The impact of secularism. The links between basic human values and political secularism talk about the growing influence of secularism and the prioritization of humanistic values. The European Journal of Political Research discusses how this has the potential to sway individuals away from their traditional religious beliefs. I John 2:15-16 “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”
12. Family dynamics and its influence. Family dynamics, like being raised in an unorthodox environment or in interfaith marriages, and the influence of peers can also have an impact on one’s religious adherence and identity toward Christian beliefs. Amos 3:3 “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” II Corinthians 6:14 “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?”
13. Evolving personal beliefs. Individual beliefs also evolve as people’s experiences change, and as they grow, their outlook on life is altered. This process of self-discovery and holistic shifts in worldviews can lead some people away from Christianity. Brian McLaren, author of Faith After Doubt, says, “You’re setting up people for dishonesty… because in order to maintain their identity in the community, they have to keep saying they believe things that are harder and harder for them to believe.” Brian McLaren is correct.
14. Social and political issues. When institutions like churches take stances on social and political justice issues that conflict with an individual’s beliefs, it can create a sense of division between them and their faith. I have heard many times Christians should not be allowed to vote. Political Correctness runs and rules the world today. Real Christians must be silenced, and everything associated with God must be replaced. This is the new global agenda.
15. Exploring inclusivity. Sometimes people feel that Christianity may not fully embrace or accept individuals of all races, sexual orientations, or backgrounds. This can lead some to seek out communities that are either spiritual or secular. Spiritualism and Secularism are not Christianity. They fall under false Religions because they do away with and replace Christ. I John 4:1 “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”
16. The impact of media and the abundance of information. With the advent of media, people now have access to a vast range of information and diverse perspectives. This exposure challenges beliefs and encourages the exploration of alternative viewpoints. THIS PICTURE TO THE RIGHT SAYS IT ALL ABOUT THE MEDIA.
17. Seeking a sense of community. People yearn for a community experience that places greater emphasis on social action meditation practices or direct spiritual encounters. Such desires can prompt them to distance themselves from congregations. Proverbs 18:24 “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” Proverbs 27:10 “Thine own friend, and thy father’s friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother’s house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.?”
18. Contemplating the nature of God. Reflections on the attributes associated with God in Christianity, like being powerful and all-loving, can give rise to questions and doubts, especially when faced with personal or global tragedies. In all honesty, many want their own mythical self-god. That would be the god they want, the god of their own choosing. A God that will serve them and give them what they want. Their god will be a slave to them, like a Jeanie in a bottle. Romans 1:21 “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”
19. Shifting life priorities. Life circumstances often change, leading people to reevaluate their priorities and values. As a result, religion may play a role in their lives over time, even prompting a sudden departure from Christianity.” I think Jane Andrews MISCOUNTED. Colossians 2:2 “That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ. Jesus should always be your priority.”
Let me explain something very important to you. I John 2:9 “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.” These are the words of the Apostle John regarding those who came to join them in church and ministry. This still holds true today. So-Called Christians get tired and take their ball and bat and go home. Political Correctness has entered the church and noting in the church should be offensive. Forget Gods Word is offensive and should be. No one wants to hear about sin andevil.
Give me a large church where I can go, jump, run around, yell, fall down and shake and bake in what they call the spirit. Crank up the music, jump and hump to the beat. Bring on the light show and show me some fake miracles. And there is a lot more. Forget about teaching and preaching the Word of God, I just want my own Religious Experience. This is what people are leaving the church for. Tell me sweet things and tickle my ears (Forget that old boring gospel message that makes me feel bad, I do not want to hear about sin and salvation). HERE IS THEIR NEW NORM THAT IS ACCEPTABLE.
So, there we have it 19 reasons people stopped being Christians. HUMMMM. If I sound critical then just bear with me. I cannot say what Jane Andrews personal opinion is about this article she wrote. I do not know her. Second it was very nice to finally see, in number 19, how GOD finally got an honorable mention, considering He is the creator of all things. The article was not about God, but how can you separate God and Christ from His church? You cannot.
This article is called 18 reasons people stopped being Christians. My problem is this. How do you know they were actual Christians? There is no definition here of what a Christian really is. Opinions will vary from church to church and denominations. Most of the time it is assumed that you are a Christian if you have joined a church or been baptized. May I say you can sit in a doghouse every Sunday but that will not make you a dog. Sitting in or joining a man-made church will only make you a church person. You cannot even spell Christian without C H R I S T.
In reality you can say, “I quit, I give up, I am no longer a Christian and want nothing to do with it or church.” It appears from all 19 statements the reasons were given as to why they no longer considered themselves Christians. If a person has truly been saved and received Gods Salvation and forgiveness of sin, they will never lose their salvation. Jesus Christ came to earth to be the eternal sacrifice for all sin. He had no sin of His own. Jesus was the only person who could ever satisfy the justice and judgement of God, by paying for all sin. More reality here. We are the sinners; Jesus is the Savior. Jesus came to save sinners-“US.”
Sin is a killer and that is why we all die. Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God iseternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Here is what God said that would save your soul and get you to heaven. II Corinthians 5:21 “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” It is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and His payment for sin, that is what makes you a Christian, if you will accept it. If you have or if you will put your faith and trust in Jesus for the forgiveness of sin, then you will have eternal life in heaven forever. If you choose not to, then get ready to meet your new buddy named Satan in hell.
Are you willing to turn from yourself and turn to God for forgiveness of sin? Romans 10:13 says, “For who so ever shall call (ASK) upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” If you have never done this then you are NOT a Christian, that means you have been deceived by something religious or by church and activities. Remember again, you cannot even spell Christian without CHRIST. If I were not positive that my sins were forgiven and that I had never put my faith and trust in Jesus for Salvation, I would call out to God and do it now. The question is, “WILL YOU?” Bow your heart and call out to God.
If you have called on God and received His forgiveness of sin and given you salvation, will you let me know in the comment section below, in the reply section, so that I can rejoice with you. Also, all comments are welcome in the reply section on the bottom left side. Now, I hope you will enjoy this beautiful listed here. RAY