Stopping the paganization of America [Excerpts]
When the paganization of America is reported in the New York Times, one begins to wonder if one needs a new pair of reading glasses.
Laurie Goodstein of the New York Times said that the number of Evangelical Christian teenagers could be declining rapidly from 35 percent among baby boomers to 4 percent among today's teenagers, "if current trends continue."
The Times quoted many young Christians who had trouble keeping the faith in the midst of peer pressure, consumerism, cynicism, and lust inflamed by the mass media of entertainment.
In 1950, 70 percent of all British children had a working knowledge of the Bible. Now, it's about 4 percent. The children without a working knowledge of the Bible no longer understand the biblical perspective, Thou shalt not steal, lie, lust, etc., and are susceptible to the winds of every crazy belief system that comes along.(Editorial note: we greatly doubt that it is as many as four per cent. A fraction of one per cent would seem more likely from our own observations and experience.)
According to the Barna Research Group, nine percent of Americans are Bible-believing Evangelical Christians and 36 percent of Americans are Born-Again Christians. Barna also reports that 49 percent of Americans born between 1946 and 1964 attend church on a given Sunday, but only 43 percent of Americans born between 1965 and 1983 and 33 percent of Americans born between 1984 and 2002 do that.
This is a serious problem.
If the United States becomes as Post-Christian as Britain and Europe, then the world will become a ripe plum ready to fall under the hands of Islam, a religion that heretofore has only advanced by the sword.
People who don't believe in something will believe in anything.(Alan Franklin adds: I do not see this scenario. The Bible tells us that the Great Whore Church based in Rome will be the spiritual entity ruling in the coming End Times. This will include elements of Islam, with extreme Islam having been disposed of, in my opinion.)
[TBC: "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power
thereof: from such turn away" - 2 Timothy 3:1-5.]