A LifeWay Research study found that 27% of Americans agree with the statement, “I believe it is possible to communicate with someone after they are dead.” However, among those who agree, only 8% strongly agree. Meanwhile, 55% disagree with the statement, including 39% who strongly disagree, while 18% don’t know.
It is difficult to tell from these statistics how many of those Americans who think such communication is possible have actually attempted it, but we may hope and pray very few. Trying to contact the dead through mediums is one of the most strongly forbidden acts in Scripture: “Do not turn to mediums or spiritists; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God.” Lev. 19:31.
Nearly two-third, or 63%, of young adults age 20-29 said they would attend a church if that church “presented truth to me in an understandable way that relates to my life now.”
Fifteen percent of these attended church weekly as a child and have no current animosity toward the church, but 37% are hostile toward the church and Christians.
Four out of five, or 80%, of unchurched adults aged 20 to 29 in the U.S. believe a supreme being exists, while 75% claim the existence of God does or would impact their lives. Most of the younger unchurched actually do believe in God and that He is the God described in the Bible. A significant number, however, believe in God but are not sure the God of the Bible is the only God.
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The 17% of church members who are dissatisfied with how their church is helping them develop spiritually are most concerned about three elements of the weekend worship service.
Most, 81%, say the worship service does not provide enough in-depth study of the Bible. Sixty-eight percent say the service does not incorporate Bible teaching that helps them with everyday life. Finally, 70% do not feel the service is challenging or thought provoking enough.
Members generally satisfied with their churches list the same three elements, but with a much higher rate of satisfaction.
Madrid’s El Pais newspaper reports that evangelicals in Spain, who numbered 4,000 a century ago, today total 400,000, not including one million immigrants. The figures come from the Federation of Evangelical Entities in Spain.
Among Spanish evangelicals the custom is for each family member to have their own copy of the Bible. Young evangelicals, taking a page from the English-speaking world, practice “sword drills,” in which they compete to see who can find a Bible reference quickest.
Theological conservatives who obey the Bible have left the Episcopal Church and formed their own Anglican Church in North America.
The new Bible-believing denomination will include four dioceses in the U.S. and several parishes in Canada. Its formation comes after decades of debate and disagreement over issues ranging from salvation to sexuality, including homosexuality and the ordination of homosexual pastors.
Church attendance has a bigger effect on a teenager’s grade point average than whether their parents earned a college degree, according to a Univ. of Iowa study.
Teenagers who attended church weekly also had lower dropout rates and felt more a part of their schools.
Just 8% of journalists surveyed at national media outlets attend church or synagogue weekly, according to the Associated Press. In contrast, the Pew Research Center found that 39% of all Americans attend services weekly.
Robert Case II, director of the World Journalism Institute, says many evangelical journalists start out in secular news organizations, but they soon join Christian media, which offer an environment more accepting of their beliefs and more family-friendly.
Two objective polls commissioned by documentary filmmaker John Ziegler of howobamagotelected.com shows clearly that people who voted for John McCain in the 2008 presidential election and watched Fox News were smarter and more informed than people who voted for Barack Obama and watched other news outlets.
For example, nearly twice as many McCain voters as Obama voters, 35% to 18%, got 10 of 13 news questions correct. Also, those who voted for McCain knew 56% to 43% that Obama’s Democrat Party controls the United States Congress, compared to only 43% to 41% for Obama voters.
Also, many more of those voters exposed to the Fox News Channel and talk radio (64%) got the Congress question correct compared to CNN (48%), netork news (48%), MSNBC (...
Another medical study has shown that a homosexual lifestyle is unhealthy.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has released a report on Nov. 21, 2008 showing that people engaged in homosexuality are more unhealthy than heterosexuals, both physically and mentally, including subject to depression, obesity, illegal drug use, physical disability, sexual assault, asthma, smoking, binge drinking, and heart disease.
Instead of deciding to discourage homosexual behavior, as God teaches us in His Holy Word, the Bible, the department’s report proposes more government-run programs for homosexuals and bisexuals, to help them overcome these “disparities.”
Source: Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 11/21/08.
The David C. Cook Landmark Study has some surprising stats gleaned from children’s leaders in Grades 3-5 and from their teachers.
First of all, most of the children are biblically illiterate.
According to teachers, only 7% of elementary school children deserve an “A” in Bible knowledge, while 47% would get a “B,” 38% deserve a “C,” 7% deserve a “D,” and 1% deserve an “F.”
Secondly, 56% of the children’s leaders cited peer pressure as their top challenge, followed by their need to develop friends (45%) and dealing with their own self-image (35%). Children also fear failure and not achieving what their teachers and parents expect.
Finally, the study also reports that most children do not live in a traditional household...