From Him to None

By Curtis Rittenour
Posted August 29, 2016

Adults who identify their religious preference as “none” are part of an accelerating trend in the United States. Of these religious-less adults, 78 percent indicate they were raised in a specific religion before leaving that faith group when they entered adulthood. What can Christians make of this difficult reality?

For one, the Bible certainly predicts a decline in true spirituality in the last days—“Know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God” (2 Timothy 3:1–5).

But don’t be too quick to blame an increase in self-centered living, obsession with materialism, and a love of entertainment on those outside the church. This is a plague that increasingly infects the inside of the church as well. The great irony is that the last-day powers that unite against God’s law will mimic spirituality—not atheism or disbelief, as we traditionally have come to understand that term.

Of course, disbelief is to be expected, as one researcher has discovered that about half of former religious people moved away from religion simply because they no longer believed. Some of the reasons people gave for this include, “Learning about evolution when I went away to college,” “too many Christians doing un-Christian things,” and a “lack of scientific or specific evidence of a creator.”

However, not all “nones” have quit believing in God. Many say they simply dislike organized religion. Others are merely inactive believers who stopped going to church. They often said they didn’t have time for church and haven’t started back up. Among those who are undecided, many are still searching. They said things like, “I feel that there is something out there, but I can’t nail down a religion,” and “Right now I’m kind of leaning towards spirituality, but I’m not too sure.”

Perhaps you know a religious “none.” Maybe they’ve been jaded by unanswered questions of faith, by misconduct in the church, or simply by traumatic life events. Don’t give up on them or on God’s ability to reach them. Instead of focusing on the failed lives of so-called religious leaders or the empty teachings of humanity, turn their eyes to Jesus. He and His Word are the only solutions to the problems of this world—click here to get to know Him.

Listen to Pastor Doug’s incredible journey—from unbelief to faith—in this moving presentation called, “The Richest Caveman.”
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