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We’re a mile wide and an inch deep (Scroll down for the video illustration). Barna Group released their findings concerning how various faith groups have changed from 1991 to 2011. Here are the stats for “Born Again Christians”:
Born Again Christians
This category is comprised of people whose beliefs characterize them as born again; it is not based on people calling themselves “born again.” This segment, which now stands at 40% of all adults in the U.S., experienced significant changes in relation to all six religious behaviors tracked by the Barna Group.
- The largest shifts in behavior pertained to the 14-point decline in adult Sunday school attendance (now 26%) and the 12-point drop in volunteering at church (down to 29%).
- Attendance at church services in any given week decreased by seven percentage points over the last two decades among born again Christians, falling from 66% to 59%.
- The proportion of born again adults who read the Bible during a typical week, not including when they are at a church event, has decreased by nine percentage points since 1991. The weekly average now resides at 62%.
- Two behavioral statistics increased since 1991, one for the worse and the other of little consequence. The unfortunate shift is the increase in the unchurched among born again adults, which has risen by five percentage points to 19%. The neutral transition is the eight-point increase in born again adults who attend a large church (600 or more people).
Only one of the seven religious beliefs measured among born agains shifted significantly in the last two decades. That was the nine-point drop in the percentage of those who firmly believe that the Bible is totally accurate in all of the principles it teaches. In 1991, three-quarters of born again adults held that view, but it has declined to two-thirds of them today (65%).
You can read the rest of Barna’s report here.
Now, a sad but accurate illustration of many professed born again Christians:
We’re a mile wide and an inch deep. We are culturally Christian, and this “Christianity” gets further and further from Scripture because it is more cultural than Christian. We may appear to be deep at first glance, but upon further examination, there are dead people’s bones beneath the born again veneer (Matt. 23:27-28).
What are your thoughts?