A survey of top evangelical Christian leaders believe that although Christianity is on a rise worldwide, the number of Christians in the U.S. will decrease, according to a recent article.
The latest Evangelical Leaders Survey reports that 94 percent of respondents believe that the number of Christians worldwide will increase in ten years. Only four percent believed that the number of Christians will remain the same, and a mere two percent said they were unsure. None of the respondents believed that the number of Christians will decrease.
However, the results are not all positive. The region where the leaders expect Christianity to flourish is in the global south, where more and more people are beginning to identify themselves as Christians. As for the United States, many predicted that at best, the number of Christians will stay the same, but a decline is very likely. Despite this prediction, they express some hope that the current economic crisis will ignite a spiritual awakening, causing many to turn to Christianity.
According to the article, there is already evidence that Christianity is declining in the U.S. Many American Christians express confusion with their faith.
A 2008 study on religion in America reveals that a majority of Christians believe that there is more than one way to eternal life. Even 57 percent of evangelical Christians believe that people of other religions can achieve eternal life, according to a survey conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.
American Christian leaders attribute these results to an eminent theological crisis and an increase of pluralism in the U.S.
Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, expresses his grave concerns about these results.
"They (survey results) represent at best a misunderstanding of the Gospel and at worst a repudiation of the Gospel," Mohler said.
Do you think Christianity is on a decline in the U.S., or do you not see this as a major concern? If you believe it is declining, what factors do you think are prompting this to occur?