The folks who make up God as they go are side-by-side with self-proclaimed believers who claim the Christian label but shed their ties to traditional beliefs and practices. Religion statistics expert George Barna says, with a wry hint of exaggeration, America is headed for "310 million people with 310 million religions.".
"We are a designer society. We want everything customized to our personal needs — our clothing, our food, our education," he says. Now it's our religion.
Barna's new book on U.S. Christians, Futurecast, tracks changes from 1991 to 2011, in annual national surveys of 1,000 to 1,600 U.S. adults. All the major trend lines of religious belief and behavior he measured ran downward — except two.
Religious beliefs, practices shift
More people claim they have accepted Jesus as their savior and expect to go to heaven.
And more say they haven't been to church in the past six months except for special occasions such as weddings or funerals. In 1991, 24% were "unchurched." Today, it's 37%
The researcher is missing one of the biggest trends, people are leaving churches because they are FALSE. This includes many of the scattered sheep I have spoken about who are Christians who refuse to be joined to the churches of the Antichrist. Many of the secular of course are leaving the churches seeing the hypocrisy, bad politics and control methods, in a free information society, their scandals, money-grubbing and ties to big business and government, are out there for the viewing.