Is Christianity Dying? (2019 Pew Research and global statistics update)

Is Christianity Dying? (2019 Pew Research and global statistics update)


Last week, Pew Research released their annual
survey of religious beliefs in the United States, creating predictable headlines suggesting
the death of Christianity. The bigger picture, however, is a lot more
favorable than the headlines imply. Stay tuned to learn more. In Pew Research’s 2019 survey of religious
beliefs, 65% of American adults identify as Christian, down from 69% in 2015. Some of the decline on a percentage basis
could be due to demographic shifts, as opposed to changed beliefs, but even on an absolute
basis the number of Christians in the United States has declined, from roughly 221 million
in 2015 to 215 million people today. Furthermore, the decline cuts across all demographics
measured: age, race, ethnicity, and even political views. Although genuine belief is hard to measure,
there’s no question that nominal Christianity among Americans has declined in recent years. In the same time period, those identifying
as atheist or agnostic has risen from 8% to 9%, and those claiming “nothing in particular”
have risen from 16% to 17%. This last group is quite diverse, ranging
from those with strong religious beliefs, but choose not to identify with any particular
organized religion to those who are essentially atheist. As such is it inaccurate to lump them together
with atheists and agnostics as Pew typical does. Still, it is clear that even generic religious
belief has also declined from 2015 to 2019. No other religion topped 2% in 2019 and Islam
remained stagnant at 1% of the population. As it typical does, the Pew survey generated
bold headlines – either celebrating or lamenting the decline of Christianity depending on one’s
bias. Americans like think of themselves as the
only people who matter, but in reality the United States represents just over 4% of the
world’s population. Released around the same time was the Gordon
Conwell report on the Status of Global Christianity. Although the report receives comparatively
little attention, in reality it’s far more important. Pew’s data shows Christianity is declining
about 0.89% per year recently in the United States, but globally the Gordon Conwell data
shows that Christianity is growing at 1.22% a year. That is substantially higher than the overall
population growth rate of 0.99%. There are now more than 2.5 billion Christians
in the world, representing 32.8% of the world population. Islam is a distant second with 1.8 billion
adherents and Hinduism is third with just over a billion. Agnosticism and Atheism combined account for
850 million people, or about 11.1% of the world’s population. Of the world’s top 11 belief systems, only
Christianity, Islam, and Sikhism are growing faster than the world population. Atheism and agnosticism are actually on the
decline losing 0.72 and 0.21 percent annually, respectively. Islam is currently growing slightly faster
than Christianity, although the gap is shrinking as birth rates are declining throughout the
Islamic world. Among Christians, Evangelical, Pentecostal
and Charismatic, and Independent Christian Churches are growing the most rapidly, all
topping 2% a year, exceeding Islam’s 1.7% annual growth rate. Based on current demographics and trends,
Christianity will account for a third of the world’s population within the next 5 years
and over 35% by 2050. Islam is expected to rise from 24% of the
world’s population currently to just under 29% in 2050. Non-belief, meanwhile, is expected to fall
to 10% of the world’s population by 2025 and 8.4% by 2050. All these predictions, of course, make no
attempt to forecast new trends which, no doubt, will shake things up considerably. Part of the decline of Christianity in the
West is due to academic criticism of the Bible filtering down to the public. The Church was not prepared for this and so
many people were caught off guard and lost their faith. All these criticisms now have good answers
and Christianity has passed the test. The same sort of criticism is just starting
to be applied to Islam. Academics are examining the Quran and traditional
history and finding them quite lacking. This information mostly has not filtered down
to the public. The vast majority of Muslims have never heard
even a basic critique of Islam, but the rise of the information age is changing that. Muslims are hearing the truth on satellite
television, the internet, and reading it for themselves in Qurans translated into the vernacular. Muslim scholars are seeing the early results
of this and are highly concerned, speaking of avalanches of apostasy looming on the horizon. And if we don’t take constructive steps to
deal with this, it is going to become an avalanche I fully expect Islam’s growth to cease and
both Christianity and non-belief to outperform predictions as Muslims leave Islam for the
truth found in Christianity or give up on religion entirely due to their disillusionment
with Islam. Also encouraging is the rise of global missions. Many of us tend to think of mission work as
something primarily done in the distant past, but in fact about 40% of all planned evangelization
(as opposed to normal friend-to-friend outreach) since the foundation of Christianity has taken
place in the last 20 years. Likewise, the number of people involved in
missions in increasing faster the the Christian population as a whole. Even so, more than 28% of the world’s population
has never heard the Gospel and an astonishing 82% of non-Christians don’t know a single
Christian personally. As such, there’s a huge field of opportunity
for present and future Christians to evangelize. Christianity is indeed declining the in the
United States, but despite American’s opinions of themselves, God is not concerned. Globally, more and more people are being saved
and the true Church is growing. There’s still much work to be done, of course,
but the global future is bright. God’s Church cannot be stopped; not by government
oppression; not by jihadis; and certainly not by the rise of secularism in the spoiled
West. Thanks for watching.

18 thoughts on “Is Christianity Dying? (2019 Pew Research and global statistics update)

  1. Muslims have no idea of the monster that's coming to rip islam to shreds.
    It's name is: textual critcism
    dajal has been identified: it's the internet

    (edited by replacing it with islam )

  2. Great video brother..
    Don't forget about silence apostasy in islam world.. And pressure from the government and community to apostate.. Islamic world dont have religion freedom.. So the survey still have biases..
    When islamic world changes to more democratic ways, we can see the avalanche like bilal phillips said..

    Bless You brother!

  3. I think any such poll of religion will be naturally skewed by Islam's apostates. There's no way for Muslims to get an accurate census on how many are fleeing this lanced boil, and I'm cynical enough to trust nothing that comes from the mouths of Muslims.

    When I committed to Christ, my atheist friends deserted me; it was never the other way around. I wanted to hang out with them to share the Gospel, but I remember how repugnant that truth is to those who are not anchored to Christ.

    I believe I've witnessed some still births in my decades in church, but I cannot judge that situation with any authority. I just keep remembering Peter's words in John 6:69: So Jesus asked the Twelve, “Do you want to leave too?” Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life."

    Also remember the words of Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2:1 – 4. I think all Christians will be grieved when this great apostasy occurs, but we shouldn't be caught off guard, without warning.

  4. It is true what you said about Evangelical and Independent churches rising in numbers. Recently ive been looking into protestant views on Christianity,already after a few days of looking into it im considering to abandon Catholicism for Baptist Theology.Much love and may God bless you on your holy crusade to defend the word of God,Amen.

  5. I'm Russian 10 Chruch are being built every day here. While in China 10 mosque are being destroyed every year

  6. Christianity is growing at a very fast pace in india.. unofficial records says that Christianity has grown from 1% to 10% .. similar growth is seen in China as well…God is definitely at work in these last days..

  7. In New Zealand we a have high "non-religion" sector and that is growing. People assume they are athiest however they often spiritual but not religious or dogmatic. The majority of the non religious are the European descendants but because of their low birth rate and immigration New Zealand will actually become more religious. Hinduism is the fastest growing religion which according to Muslim logic makes it true 😂 As the polynesian population imcreases along with Filipinos Christianity will increase too.

  8. Another great video. Christianity will rebound once it shakes off a lot of bad ideas its followers have adopted very recently. These include: modernism (the idea that the truth can change and its gimmicky search for novelty), neo-pagaism (the New Age movement. eg the Dan Brown treatment of Christianity), Eastern Meditation & Yoga, Prosperity Gospel, Religious Indifference (the idea all religions are equal and salvation can sought in any religion) and Cheap Grace (the idea that we are already saved and no personal effort is required in opposition to Luke 13:24). Maybe others have more examples?

  9. Praise the good lord and christianity is growing day by day irrespective of race, cast or skin colour. May Lord Jesus Christ shower his blessings on u to create more and more informative videos like this.

  10. A study in 2017 revealed that Islam is the fastest-growing religion. Studies in the 21st century suggest that, in terms of percentage and worldwide spread, Islam is the fastest-growing major religion in the world.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Growth_of_religion
    Fresh from Wikepidia …google …with my Regds to ur friend

  11. Among other things in Bilal’s khutba, it’s interesting how many times Muhammad gets that formulaic phrase of respect at the end of his name and Allah doesn’t. Bilal, along with many other Muslims, elevates Muhammad above Allah.

  12. Excellent video, and so timely. God bless you for tackling this! Many people do not realize how iffy estimating religious adherence and predicting future numbers of believers actually are. These are often "guesstimates" rather than estimates. This is particularly important when viewing the Pew results. Pew researchers make many assumptions and use some methods that are questionable. This means that Pew should NEVER be taken as the final word on this subject, but all too many people DO take Pew as the God's truth. Not to mention that Muslims LOVE to misinterpret Pew to the advantage of Islam. I have encountered numerous Muhammadans who claim that the 2015 Pew report "proves" that Islam will be larger than Christianity by 2050. Pew never said this, and the data from that study don't support this claim.

    Also, you are right! NOMINAL American Christians are now leaving Christianity in large numbers. This is a GOOD thing! Back in the day where rejecting Christianity was seen as shameful or gauche in American society, many non-believers pretended to be Christians to avoid public censure. Now those skeptics are free to own their disbelief without fear losing their social status. God takes no joy in people lying about their beliefs.

    Nope, at roughly 4% of the world's population, America is NOT the focal point of humanity. In much of the developing world Christianity is growing phenomenally – often in traditionally Islamic regions. Muslim leaders are aware of this trend, and quite alarmed by it. They are equally alarmed by the growth of simple irreligion in Muslim populations. Considering how flimsy the Qur'an and traditional narrative of Islam are from a factual, logical perspective, this wholesale flight from Islam will only increase in the near future. The final assessment? Christianity's future is rosy, while Islam is facing implosion over the next few decades.

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