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Why are American Churches closing their doors?

According to an article in the Guardian, American Churches are closing their doors at a rapid pace. Experts believe the rate may have been accelerated since COVID-19.

Churches are closing at rapid numbers in the US, researchers say, as congregations dwindle across the country and a younger generation of Americans abandon Christianity altogether – even as faith continues to dominate American politics.
As the US adjusts to an increasingly non-religious population, thousands of churches are closing each year – a figure that experts believe may have accelerated since the Covid-19 pandemic.
About 4,500 Protestant churches closed in 2019,
“In the last three years, all signs are pointing to a continued pace of closures probably similar to 2019 or possibly higher, as there’s been a rapid rise in American individuals who say they’re not religious.”
Protestant pastors reported that typical church attendance is only 85% of pre-pandemic levels, McConnell said. At the same time, research by the Survey Center on American Life and the University of Chicago found that in spring 2022, 67% of Americans reported attending church at least once a year, compared with 75% before the pandemic.

The Guardian

And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

Matthew 16:18-19–NKJV

Stand up for Jesus ye soldiers of the cross

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Do you believe the age of blind faith is slowly coming to an end? Apparently Uncle Tree thinks so. In one of his most intriguing and otherwise thought-provoking posts, the author of Uncle Tree House, which happens to be one of my favorite blogs, states that: “The Age of Blind Faith is slowly coming to an end.” According to Uncle Tree, “Church goers are dwindling in number, whilst atheists groups continue to add members.”

Everyone is entitle to their opinion, true or not, but I have to agree with Uncle Tree. It seems followers of Jesus Christ are not as dedicated and committed today, as they were twenty, thirty years ago. Part of the reason, I believe, is the advancement of Science and Technology. Where as in the old days, Christians had no alternative but to look to God to bring them through a particular illness, today they have an alternative in science and technology.

No reasonable person can deny that science and technology have made astonishing advancements. Doctors everywhere are using technology to do god-like miracles. Many diseases that were deemed incurable in the past are classified curable today. People are healthier, and are living longer than ever.

But despite the miracles in science and technology, the dwindling number of Church goers and the slow but imminent end of blind faith, God is still God. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). I expect to see miracles performed because Jesus said so: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father” (John 14:12).

So fellow believers, I am not worried, neither should you; because my God reigns supreme. He is All-Knowing, All-Powerful, and there is none like Him.

Let us stand up for Jesus and lift His banner high.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, ye soldiers of the cross;

Lift high His royal banner, it must not suffer loss.
From victory unto victory His army shall He lead,
Till every foe is vanquished, and Christ is Lord indeed.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the solemn watchword hear;
If while ye sleep He suffers, away with shame and fear;
Where’re ye meet with evil, within you or without,
Charge for the God of battles, and put the foe to rout.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the trumpet call obey;
Forth to the mighty conflict, in this His glorious day.
Ye that are brave now serve Him against unnumbered foes;
Let courage rise with danger, and strength to strength oppose.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, stand in His strength alone;
The arm of flesh will fail you, ye dare not trust your own.
Put on the Gospel armor, each piece put on with prayer;
where duty calls or danger, be never wanting there.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, each soldier to his post,
Close up the broken column, and shout through all the host:
Make good the loss so heavy, in those that still remain,
And prove to all around you that death itself is gain.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the strife will not be long;
this day the noise of battle, the next the victor’s song.
To those who vanquish evil a crown of life shall be;
they with the King of Glory shall reign eternally.