Fruit of Churches

Here are some of the fruits of Apostate Christianity:

Points

  • They’re not sanctioned by Jesus
  • They divide communities
  • They act contrary to the Christian mandate
  • They prevent people from engaging their communities directly
  • They are proxy servants
  • They encourage apathy
  • They siphon money from communities for self-serving agendas
  • They are hiding their light and hoarding talent
  • They give a false sense of security
  • There is an unholy alliance between paid clergy and members
  • They duplicate community services
  • They are supplanting community programs
  • They are weakening public schools and sports when they create their own

Statistics

  • 1700 pastors leave the ministry each month
  • 7,000 churches close every year
  • 88% of ministers feel unable to meet the demands of their call1
  • 80% believe pastoral ministry has negatively impacted their families2
  • 77% of pastors report experiencing “burn out”3
  • 50% of the ministers starting out will not last 5 years
  • 6 out of 10 teens will ditch Christianity as young adults and beyond: “A new study by The Barna Group (Ventura, California) shows that despite strong levels of spiritual activity during the teen years, most twentysomethings disengage from active participation in the Christian faith during their young adult years – and often beyond that”3
  • 4 out of 10 Christians stop attending church due to bad experiences: “One Barna study among unchurched adults shows that nearly four out of every ten non-churchgoing Americans (37%) said they avoid churches because of negative past experiences in churches or with church people”4

 

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