Nearly 70% of Churchgoers Have ‘a Growing Sense of Fear’

More than two-thirds of Protestant pastors have reported that there is “a growing sense of fear” in their congregations regarding the future, according to a recent report by Lifeway Research. The study found 69% of Protestant pastors said they “believe there is a growing sense of fear within their congregations about the future of the nation and world.” Lifeway found that 63% of surveyed Protestant pastors said their churches also have “a similar increasing dread specifically about the future of Christianity in the U.S. and around the world.” However, the report noted that the numbers represented a decline from past years, as 76% of Protestant pastors reported “a growing sense of fear” in 2010, and 74% reported the same in 2014. Scott McConnell, executive director of Lifeway Research, said in a statement that despite the declining numbers, “a large majority of pastors see their congregations moving toward fear rather than away from it.”

“The number of people in America embracing the Christian faith is on a downward trajectory. So it isn’t surprising congregations are afraid of this trend-line,” stated McConnell. “Unfortunately, the growth of Christianity in other parts of the world is not bringing American Christians much comfort.” The survey also found that while 64% of white pastors saw fear in their congregation, only 47% of African American pastors reported the same. Additionally, 76% of nondenominational pastors reported fear about the future of Christianity in their churches, which was more than reported by Baptist (68%), Methodist (66%) and Presbyterian/Reformed pastors (49%). “One of the terrible weapons that the devil uses against Christians is the weapon of fear,” argued Oscar Amaechina, president of Afri-Mission and Evangelism Network. “He harps on circumstances and situations to create fear in the lives of Christians. It is natural for humans to respond to external stimuli through fear.”

Source: Christian Post

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