L. A. Marzulli
Why So Many Americans Are Leaving Their Religion
Fifty years ago, a whopping 98 percent of Americans said they believed in God. Now, roughly half of those who have left religion behind say they simply stopped believing.
First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. “Where is the promise of His coming? they will ask. “Ever since our fathers fell asleep, everything continues as it has from the beginning of creation.” 5But they deliberately overlook the fact that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water,… 2 Peter: 3,4
In my opinion, this headline above is another sign of the times. When we read the scripture above—and remember it was penned almost 2000 years ago—these words of Peter’s seem to jump off the page at us, in what I believe are the last days.
There are many people who scoff at the Bible, at the hope many of us find in Jesus. They are scoffers and in fact a case can be made that many of them follow their own evil desires.
Think of the people who are hooked on mind-altering drugs. I know a young women who is just turning 21.
She smokes pot every day but doesn’t think she’s a drug addict. She scoffs at Jesus, at Christians, at the truth of the Biblical Prophetic Narrative that has brought billions of people hope, through almost 2000 years since it was compiled.
She is a scoffer and because she smokes pot every day, which by the way is likened to witch-craft, she is following her own evil desires. This might sound harsh to some of you and yet, in my opinion, it demonstrates, perhaps in an-all-to-real-way, what I would call the lateness of the hour.
Where is the promise of His coming… of His return?
I would posit that many people have lost faith and one of the reasons for this is that most churches do not teach the prophetic word. They actually stay away from it and in some cases stay away from it at all costs.
Many people who attend church have no idea of the myriad of prophecies that are shaping up in these last days. I would also put forth that these prophecies, like the Psalm 83 war, and Ezekiel 38, may be fulfilled soon.
They are unaware of our blessed hope, in the return of our King, Jesus. They don’t understand the difference between the church age, the rebirth of the nation of Israel and the soon to be the 7-year-period—the Tribulation— where once again God will deal with Israel and the Jews.
Many churches never sit still and wait on the Lord. They’re afraid to let the Spirit of the Living God come in to the church.
Prayer is almost nonexistent with perhaps less than a minute in most churches. There is a disconnect from anything supernatural. For the most part the church today has a form of religion but denies it’s power.
This is why many of our young people are flocking to the occult and to mind-altering drugs. They are looking for a supernatural experience and not finding it in the churches are seeking it in The New Age, In Yoga, in eastern mysticism, and in mind-altering drugs like LSD and Ayahuasca.
That being said, there are great men who have laid their lives down for the sheep. These are the pastors who struggle daily to bring the word to their flocks. Bully for them.
In closing todays post. The article above is a poignant reminder of how late the hour may be. We’re right on schedule as what was written will come to pass. What was foretold will unfold.