A new report from Christianity Today’s October issue found that more millennials are attending church now than before the Chinese coronavirus pandemic struck.
Churches all across the country famously closed down during much of the pandemic, creating tension in some communities that wanted to continue to meet regardless of local or state rules. But by now most Americans recognize that the pandemic is over. Even President Joe Biden made that admission last month.
There has been an uptick of Americans returning to normal activities, showing the fundamental desire of Americans to return to a state of re-pandemic normalcy. A Rasmussen Reports survey released in April, for example, found that slightly more Americans planned on attending Easter church services than did the year before.
In the same vein, a report from Christianity Today found that more millennials are attending church now than prior to the pandemic.
According to the report, more millennials attend church weekly now than before the start of the pandemic. According to a Barna group survey of 13,000 adults, roughly 16% of regular churchgoers have not returned to services at all in2022, but weekly attendance among those born between 1981 and 1996 has risen from 21% to 39% this year.
The report adds, “The trend can be partly explained by life state. Attendance is typically highest when people have young children and drops off for empty nesters, only to increase again when friends start to pass away.”
The report coincides with a June Gallup poll, which found belief in God sinking to an all-time low in the United States.
According to the survey, most U.S. adults, 81%, believe in God. But while that figure seems high, it is actually the lowest percentage ever reported in this survey. Up until 2011, over 90% said they believed in God, but the number has continued to drop from the 89% who expressed belief in God in 2016. The previous low was set in 2014, when 86% said they believed in God.
When Gallup asked the same question in 1953, 1954, 1965, and 1967, 98% said they believed in God.
Overall, 17% currently say they do not believe in God, and according to the survey’s findings, young people and leftists are the most likely not to believe.
It remains unclear which churches millennials are tending to flock to, but the news also coincides with the open embrace of radical left ideologies in certain denominations, The United Methodist Church serving as a prime example. One such church in St. Petersburg, Florida, recently invited a drag queen to preach, as church leaders blatantly distorted scripture, Romans 12:2 specifically. The New King James Version of the Bible reads: And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
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