From “Survey: Americans switching faiths, dropping out” CNN .com February 25, 2008
- Story Highlights
- Survey: U.S. about to lose its status as a majority Protestant nation
- Non-denominational churches are gaining members
- 25 percent of adults leave faith of their upbringing
- Survey found a dropping confidence in organized religion
“The U.S. religious marketplace is extremely volatile, with nearly half of American adults leaving the faith tradition of their upbringing to either switch allegiances or abandon religious affiliation altogether, a new survey finds.
“The study released Monday by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life is unusual for it sheer scope, relying on interviews with more than 35,000 adults to document a diverse and dynamic U.S. religious population.
“In the past, certain religions had a real holding power, where people from one generation to the next would stay,” said Penn State University sociologist Roger Finke, who consulted in the survey planning. “Right now, there is a dropping confidence in organized religion, especially in the traditional religious forms.”
This should not surprise of shock Seventh-day Adventists since an integral part of God’s final message to the world is that there will be confusion in the religious world (including Christianity) at the end of time. While we recognize there are many godly individuals in all religions, denominations and churches, the second angel of Revelation 14:6-12 says “Babylon is fallen” and we believe as Adventists we have been raised up by God to give this message. For more on this see “A Warning Rejected” Chapter 21 and “The Final Warning” Chapter 38 of The Great Controversy.