The Challenge Facing Christianity in America

We are in a battle for the soul of America against strange gods, foreign ideologies and humanist philosophies.

Barack Obama stated in one of his many speeches, he no longer believes America is a Christian nation.

“Whatever we once were, we’re no longer a Christian nation. At least not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, and a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers,” Obama said during a June 2007 speech available on YouTube.

Muslim and Jewish groups in October 2007 sharply criticized Sen. John McCain’s comments that he would prefer a Christian president to lead the United States.

The Arizona Republican’s remarks then, came in an interview with Beliefnet, a Web site that covers religious issues and affairs.

“I just have to say in all candor that since this nation was founded primarily on Christian principles, personally, I prefer someone who has a grounding in my faith,” the GOP presidential nominee told the Web site in an interview.

McCain also said he agreed with a poll that 55 percent of Americans believe the U.S. Constitution establishes a Christian nation. “I would probably have to say yes, that the Constitution established the United States of America as a Christian nation,” he said. Forced to clarify his remarks while campaigning in Hollis, New Hampshire he said, “What I do mean to say is the United States of America was founded on the values of Judeo-Christian values, which were translated by our founding fathers which is basically the rights of human dignity and human rights.”

Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said McCain’s comments failed to recognize that Christianity is not the only faith with beliefs that support the concept of human rights.

“Sorry, Islam and other faiths have their basis in human dignity,” Hooper said.

Folks, It’s time we get back to a passion for reaching the lost. Many of our churches have no evangelistic effort relying only on the charisma of our mega-church pastors to reach the nation. One-man -or one-woman-only won’t be able to do the ministry. We need an awakening of Ephesians chapter 4 in our churches. A church that has apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers who equip Christians to do the work of the ministry. The bless-me-only mind-set of believers needs to change to a “Go ye and make disciples” mentality, whether we get persecuted or not. Fear not, just do it!

If this is not a wake up call, then I don’t know what is. Consider these shocking statistics:

According to George Barna: “With its 195 million unchurched people, America has become the new mission field. America has more unchurched people than the entire populations of all but 11 of the world’s 194 nations.”

According to Lost in America, by Tom Clegg and Warren Bird, 2001: “The unchurched population in the United States is so extensive that, were it a nation, it would be the fifth-largest on the planet. . . . Researchers and analysts describe North America as the world’s third-largest mission field.”

According to Os Guiness, in World Evangelization, Vol. 18, No 65, 1993: “The three strongest national challenges to the Gospel in the modern world are Japan, Western Europe, and the United States.”

According to George Gallup in 1997, only ten years ago: “More than 44% of American adults 18 and over are unchurched; 120 million Americans have no substantial Christian memory.”

Barna affirms Gallup. “America’s secularization has gone from only 15% in the 1950s up to 40% in 2001; and headed for 60% percent by 2010!” (Secularization means basing the decisions of one’s life on a secular humanist, relativist moral world view. Judeo-Christian values and the Bible are no longer the moral foundation of decision making in life for the vast majority of Americans.)

According to America: An Emerging Mission Field in World Christian Encyclopedia, Second Edition p.27: “In 2000, the United States sent out 118,200 missionaries, but it also received 33,200. Ironically, the world’s largest missionary-sending country has now become the world’s largest missionary-receiving country.” Not to mention:

  • The world’s largest Buddhist temple is located in Boulder, CO, USA!
  • The world’s largest Muslim training center is in New York City, USA!
  • The world’s largest training center for transcendental meditation is in Fairfield, Iowa, USA!

According to Leighthon Ford, evangelist and Christian leader, “North America is now the largest mission field in the English-speaking world.”

The number of churches in Chicago has decreased by 900 in the last 10 years! In many cases what were once churches are now condominiums.

England, the once great Christian missionary-sending nation for centuries, before America, now has more mosques than churches, and must itself be reached all over again with the Gospel. Are we on this same path?

Every church’s vision should be first and foremost the Great Commission. In Matthew 28:18-19 our Lord said, “All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.”

He commanded us to go everywhere (all nations) as witnesses producing evidence that Jesus is alive. But are Christians being equipped to be witnesses in our churches or are we being entertained, never challenged to change and obey the Word of God? Jesus said in Acts 1:8, “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth.”

He also Said, “Come follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Then he told us to pray for laborers because He saw the harvest of souls that needed to be reached, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few” (Matthew 9:37).

If this stirs you, get committed to fight the good of faith and go win the lost and disciple them. Yes, you’ll be blessed, just obey God and put His Kingdom and righteousness first in your life and all these things will be added to you. Join a church that believes in evangelism and has a revelation of Ephesians 4 active in it.

Remember this: The gates of hell shall not prevail… (Matthew 16:18).

Barna Research Group

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5 Responses to “The Challenge Facing Christianity in America”

  1. 1 cynhia lee Jul 30th, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    I agree to a point, we are a nation that has put God on the back burner not only as a nation of people but also the church. churches are preaching prosperity, faith and other things that yes are in accordance to the word of God, but is it what He told us to preach.
    We live in a nation that say one nation under God, but when you pull away the layers are we under God. How could we be when murders are up rapes are up, racial profiling is still going on. Everybody that goes to church believes their religion is the right one in fact let the truth be told Sunday is the most segregated day of the week. tell me how can we be witness unto a God we don’t even know. what do i mean about that how is it that people stand in the presence of God Sunday after Sunday and nothing changes in their lives. the sick stay sick, the needy stay needy and so on and so on. Don’t get me wrong i love God and I’m seeking him with all I am. But the blind can’t continue to lead the blind.

  2. 2 mohamed Aug 5th, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    Religion is an individual choice.A personal freedom.Islam was spread by Prophet Mohammed ‘peace be upon him’ not by force, but by calling for right path and telling the right things to his followers.To day in an more civilisied world we should accept the fact that in a multi religious country we cannot make a particular religion its state religion.In fact governments should distance away from religions and allow the followers of a particular religion to practice it with peace and respect.We should try to create harmony among the religions.Governments should make research on religions and tell the truth to its people.Let the people follow what they want.Then only peace will prevail on this earth!

  3. 3 wonderful May 31st, 2010 at 2:49 am

    if it is true that everyone has the right to choose the religion he wants, why then the killings of christians all over the world especially by the muslims especiaaly here in Nigeria, i believe if you are preached to and you don’t wish to accept that is up to you, in places like Egypt, Morocco and so many so called Islamic nation anyone who decided to change from Islam to Christianity are either maltreated or killed. Read John 16:1-3. Let us leave God to fight for himself and stop killing the souls we cannot create.

  4. 4 Andrew Mason Aug 30th, 2010 at 11:19 am

    I am a Christian, and I am currently writing a paper about Christianity’s state in America. No doubt, it is dwindling. We are in a culture that is violently opposed to all that is Christian! I found this article as a was researching, and let me say, I am not pleased. Brian, I do feel that the “great commission” is important; however, let us not forget that first and foremost our call as Christians is to exercise the “Great Commandment” (Luke 10:27)! It seems to me that we, as Christians, have become far too concerned with “winning souls for Christ” rather then simply loving God and loving our neighbors. The Great Commission is not our number one mandate as Christians. Loving God and loving others is! As Christians, we have become known for what it is we say about God and not the love that we show. So Brian I respectively disagree. “Every churches vision should NOT first and foremost be “Go ye therefore”, it should be love God and love your neighbor as yourself. Let us not forget that Jesus underscored the importance of the Great Commandment by saying that the entire law is contained in these two inseparable commands.

  5. 5 yemi Apr 19th, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    The issue of discuss should be seen from spiritual warfare angle.Since the forces of darkness have taken over the land, they (horde of evil) must first be tackled. Their presence and influence on the lives of American people must 1st be destroyed. To realised this, We need intercessors; people who will not rest night and day praying until Spiritual revival sweep across the land. Then will our Gospel message bear impact on the lives of the people. Infact, they will seek God again. Revival begins when there are steady intercessors interceding for spiritual revival and pulling down the strongholds that hold the imaginations, thoughts and souls of Americans captive. when this is achieved evangelism will be easy and result will be outstanding as of old

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