Where Protestants and Catholics Go When They Leave Their Churches
About 16 percent of all Protestants who stayed Protestant actually changed subgroups during the four years of the survey. Together with the 9 percent of Protestants who left, that means approximately one in four Protestants in 2010 had a different affiliation by 2014.
Outside of Baptists (22.9% of Protestants), the second-largest denomination is actually no denomination at all (18.2%). More Protestants identify as nondenominationalâ€”a relatively recent phenomenon in church historyâ€”than Methodists (14.8%) or Lutherans (11.8%). No other Protestant denomination makes up more than 7 percent of the overall Protestant tradition.
Even without tracking movement to or from specific denominations like the Southern Baptist Convention or the United Methodist Church, the CCES data shows the general trends in intra-Protestant switching. A great deal of activity centers around nondenominational churches....
"The team also details Israelâ€™s official proclamation of support for Muslim Jihadists in Syria, quoted from none other than Jewish news outlet Haaretz"
well lookie there, western backed jihadists in syria....
(isn't it something that our real gung-ho dispensational friends who actually read Israeli news aren't forthright with the rest of us on this matter? remind yourselves of the Christian slaughter that has happened there)
I wonder if they have also done any research on cars and trucks? Have Toyota owners gone to Nissan or Honda? Have Ford truck owners moved on to Dodge or Toyota? I cite this just to show you how much a waste of time it is to go by these denominational labels. The big thing hidden here is Real Estate--each one of the big old mainline denominations own buildings and land, frequently on prime locations. I can think of a Church of Christ Scientist (I know, neither Christian nor Scientist) on a particular location in a South Florida city known for its finicky rules and regulations; that land is worth millions of dollars. Few people attend the huge building, but they still operate their 'reading room' with their own newspaper.
Dave Hunt wrote: In 1992, 12% of Americans claimed to be evangelical. That dropped to 9% in 1993, and to 7% in 1994. The polls donâ€™t confirm the great last-days revival touted on TBN but that todayâ€™s boasted â€śchurch growthâ€ť is largely a myth; 70-80% comes from transfers between churches. Absolute truth is rejected by 71% of Americans, 64% of â€śborn-agains,â€ť and 40% of â€śevangelicals.â€ť Most Presbyterians and Methodists and 88% of Roman Catholics active in their churches believe one enters heaven by being good enough. And 30% of â€śborn-againsâ€ť deny the physical resurrection of Christ!
Clearly those who make up these statistics know neither God nor His Word. They have religion but not Christ. Multitudes baptized into â€śChristianityâ€ť as infants do not personally know Him whom to know is life eternal (Jn 17:3; 1Jn 5:20). Loyalty to denomination substitutes for Christ.
--[URL=http://tinyurl.com/hbey9pa]]]http://tinyurl.com/hbey9pa (Church, Tradition or Christ?)[/URL]
Perhaps the number of people who identify themselves superficially as evangelicals has changed, see [URL=http://tinyurl.com/y72v7z8e]]]http://tinyurl.com/y72v7z8e (U.S. Evangelicals: How Many Walk the Walk?)[/URL] but the conclusions of the article are still quite good.