As Christianity declines in America, gays and lesbians are becoming Christians in record numbers

A newly released Pew research study surveyed in 2014 has found that Christianity has declinedThe great falling away in America in the United States for the first time in history. The study shows that identified Christians went down to 70.6% nationally from 78.4% in 2007. There was also an increase in “no religion” to 23% which was only 16% in 2007. So we can see a 7% increase in non-belief and a 7.8% decrease in Christian belief, which roughly ads up to be about 1,983,429 Christians that lose their faith every year and a whopping 13,884,000 in the last 7 years and counting. This is very sad news and is reflective of 2 Thessalonians 2:3 which prophesies that a “falling away” must happen first before the antichrist can be revealed.

Despite this falling away from Christianity, there is one group of people where believers in Jesus Christ have sharply increased. Within this same Pew Research study in 2014, it was found that 48% of lesbians, gays and bisexuals identify as Christians. This is up 6% in just 1 year compared to the 2013 study! Based on gay, lesbian and bisexual demographics, that’s averaged to be about 150,000 or more new gay, lesbian and bisexuals accepting Christ just in the past year. Praise God! The advancement in gay Christian identification could likely be do to the recent growth of gay-affirming Christian congregations and the increasing knowledge and availability of gay-affirming Biblical studies and literature. This rising acceptance has led to a growing longing for Christ in the gay community.

48% of gays are Christians Another interesting thing to note is a particular exception to the decrease in nationwide Christianity. When looking at a state level, all states show an overall decrease in the amount of Christians. There were only a couple states which had an increase in a particular area of Christian identification, but still a decrease overall. California increased by 2 percentage points between 2007 and 2014 within the Evangelical tradition. As an observation, this is intriguing since California represents one of the most populated areas for gay-affirming churches. This possible association has not been studied, but I found it to be a fascinating observation that could be significant.

One more intriguing stat reveals the importance level that faith plays in those that were surveyed. Gay, lesbian and bisexual Christians reported that their religion played an important part of their life 3 percentage points higher than the heterosexuals Christians surveyed. So it would appear that the gay Christians faith is of devoutly serious importance.

Although these statistics for gay believers are exciting and demonstrate the bearing of good spiritual fruit, the fact remains that the gay community still has significantly lower levels of Christians compared to the heterosexual population due to the rejection from many churches and Believers. As a side note, the population of gays and straights of the Jewish faith were the same statistically. But for the Christian population, gays were significantly less Christian overall. Although another Pew study reveals a 12 percentage increase in church acceptance of gays, lesbians and bisexuals between 2006 to 2012, numbers are still relatively low. We must work towards spreading the Gospel message in a loving way to all of humankind without exclusion. As I’ve said before, we must be strive to be spiritually fruitful and multiply Believers.

Here are some articles that show these statistics as well as the 2014 Pew study:

http://www.advocate.com/politics/religion/2015/05/12/report-half-lgb-americans-identify-christian
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/09/25/new-study-finds-a-greater-church-acceptance-of-gays-and-lesbians-2/
http://www.pewforum.org/files/2015/05/RLS-05-08-full-report.pdf

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About moanti (moe·on·tee)

My main mission of this blog is to demystify the confusion of “homosexuality” in the Bible and let the rarely heard alternative perspective be known. I also aspire to spread the loving Word of Christ to the gay and lesbian community who feel left out due to our society. I have extraordinary compassion for gays and lesbians who have struggled with religious persecution, but hope that they can come to know God as loving rather than run from Him forever due to a group of naïve heterosexual Christians who discriminated against them. I want to bridge the gap of these two groups with knowledge! If only I had a bigger podium to accomplish this… Please spread the word. Thank you and happy reading! https://moanti.wordpress.com/2010/08/02/gaychristians/
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4 Responses to As Christianity declines in America, gays and lesbians are becoming Christians in record numbers

  1. Angela says:

    Well in Europe it’s actually more down and it might increase because more people are becoming Christians which are immigrants . Most immigrants also have become Christians in U.S. How do you feel montai? Is a sign ? Well I don’t know. I mean Damascus is a city still

    • Hi Angela, thanks for the message. I have heard that Christianity has declined a lot in Europe. I don’t know the exact statistics, but I recently heard that many churches are going up for sale because no one is attending. This is very sad. I do believe that this is an end times sign. There are many signs around us right now, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how it all pans out. As far as Damascus still being a city, we don’t quite know exactly when its destruction will come. The destruction of Damascus could happen sometime within the tribulation, or even towards the end. So I think the big sign to look out for next will be something to do with Israel. Many are looking for a seven year peace treaty, but this might not really be the case. It says that the antichrist “confirms a covenant with many,” and also that “he destroys many by peace.” I feel that the recent push to recognize Palestine over Israel is significant, as well as any coming 2-state solution pushed by the UN. If there is going to be a literal third Jewish Temple built, then I feel that this might come with this peace covenant between the two states to share the Dome of the Rock (Al Aqsa Mosque) and the built Temple, probably made possible as a trade for land sharing. The Muslims may allow the Jews to build the Temple if they acquire some more Palestinian land and share Jerusalem as a Capitol. In Revelation, John is asked to measure the Temple and its “outer court” is mentioned and for it “not to be measured,” as it is “given over to the Gentiles.” I think that this is probably the Dome of the Rock. So it would seem that this Mosque does not have to be destroyed for the new Temple to be built. They have all of the items ready for it to be built right now and are even breeding a perfect red heifer to be the first sacrifice.

      Thanks for asking how I’m feeling. I am still hurt right now and going to physical therapy, but I’m feeling better than I was. I’m still using a speech to text app because it’s hard to type. The last blog entry that I wrote I had compiled a few months back and forgot and post it. Well I’ve got to head off to physical therapy now. Good to hear from you as always. You’re in my prayers!
      Your sister in Christ,
      Moanti
      P.S. Out of random curiosity, have you heard of the Shemitah and all the history of it’s connections to disasters (both financially, manmade and natural) as described by the Messianic Rabbi, Jonathan Cahn? If so, what do you think about it? If anything crazy happens, the main date for past problems is coming up in just 10 days… Elul 29 on the Hebrew calendar, September 13th on ours…

  2. S says:

    “…We must work towards spreading the Gospel message… we must be strive to be spiritually fruitful and multiply Believers.”

    Though not in so many words, that’s almost exactly what Islam teaches.

    • Hello S,
      Thank you for your comment. I’m not quite sure where you got an Islam connection to this statement, other than them striving to win converts and multiply Muslim believers, however some (not all) seem to do this in a forceful way of “convert or die” which I hardly said or meant to convey… I must respectfully point out that the part that you left out from my quote was crucial to the context, in that we should strive to share the Gospel message “in a loving way to all of humankind without exclusion.” In other words, we should promote the Gospel with John 3:16 as a blueprint and not forget the “whosoever” part by excluding LGBT individuals or whoever else we feel in our own human judgment is not worthy of salvation. We were called as Christians to share the good news of salvation offered to ALL who accept to follow Jesus. Doing this in a loving way without exclusion would bear good fruit and bring more people to Christ, not Islam. In Christianity, we are saved by grace through faith, not by works, but Islam teaches that human works are what save. We are saved by the sacrifice of the Son of God who died in our place who is the only One worthy of atoning for our sins and our good works are done out of our love for God, but are not the means by which we are saved. As Galatians 2:16 states, “we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.” Our obedience and good works for God are promised heavenly rewards, but never a means by which one “works their way to Heaven.”

      The biggest problem that Muslims have with Christianity is this one fact; that we put our trust in Jesus as our salvation rather than trusting in our own works to get us into Heaven. Islam teaches that Jesus (who they call “Isa”) didn’t even really die on the cross and Allah (NOT Yahweh) let someone else die in his place. In Islam, Jesus is not the Son of God and did not die as a perfect sacrifice for our sins, but was merely a prophet who will return in the end times to submit and follow Islam’s last messiah, “the Mahdi.” Islam’s version of Jesus is prophesied to break crosses and kill Christians who don’t convert to Islam. The main message of Islam is that “There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of God,” but in Christianity the main message is that “There is no God but Yahweh and Yeshua (Jesus) is the Son of God.” In Islam, one is worthy of Heaven by a heavier scale of good works (as defined by the Quran) and only fully guaranteed if they die in the cause of Islam, but in Christianity one is unworthy of Heaven by their own works and given the merciful gift of eternal life fully guaranteed by the saving atonement of the shed blood sacrifice of One (Jesus.) In Islam, believing that Jesus is the Son of God condemns them to hell which just happens to be the one thing that redeems Christians… There are many numerous differences between Christianity and Islam, some that are actually a mirrored image opposite to Christianity. So with all due respect, the Gospel of Christianity is truly NOT “almost exactly what Islam teaches.”

      If you didn’t notice already, my quote is an extension to the Old Testament command to Adam and then to Noah to “be fruitful and multiply,” something that many in the Christian faith have used now to disparage same-gender unions due to the non-procreative aspect of their pairing. We know that the New Testament does not require that all Christians bear children (as this was an Old Testament command when the earth was in its “infancy” in population numbers), but I assert that the deeper application for this command to the modern Christian is not simply to multiply offspring, but work to bring humankind into a saving knowledge of our one and only Savior, hence we “be [spiritually] fruitful and multiply [believers].” This is also a kin to “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and whoever captures souls is wise.” (Proverbs 11:30). The unfortunate thing is that the professed exclusion of gays from Christianity has been cause for some bad spiritual fruit in that it’s driven many people souls from Christ, and some to the ending point of suicide due to being told they are unredeemable. Many have been told that they cannot be a Christian if they have a gay orientation and that being a “gay Christian” is an oxymoronic contradiction. This message not only turns away LGBT potential believers, but heterosexual potential believers as well who see the obvious injustice. So to negate this negative outcome, I am proposing that we end the attitude of exclusivity (i.e. “You must be straight to be a Christian”) which divides and creates barriers to the salvation, that to which ALL are eligible. When we exclude anyone as lesser or unworthy of salvation compared to ourselves, we act just like the Pharisees which Jesus condemned: “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.” (Matthew 23:13).

      The “equal opportunity” whosoever approach would bear more good spiritual fruit for the Kingdom and bring more people to salvation and is congruent with the Will of God which is stated by Jesus as: “For this is the Will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” (John 6:40). We must remember as Christians: “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 7:8) and “‘There is neither Jew nor Gentile, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.’ And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.” (Galatians 3:28,29).

      Rather than focus on a vice list of sins of those who “won’t inherit the Kingdom of God,” notice that these are all people guilty in their sins without the blood of Christ to redeem them, as it is written that “the adikos (Greek word) will not inherit the Kingdom of God.” (Refer to 1 Corinthians 1:9.) Adikos is often translated as “unrighteous.” This is a correct, but incomplete, translation. The word adikos is used comparatively by Paul multiple times as meaning “unbeliever” (and all unbelievers are also unrighteous in the site of God without salvation.) So indeed the unbeliever will not inherit the Kingdom of God. The unbeliever is defined by their sin because “Whoever keeps the whole Law but stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.” (James 2:10) But Paul goes onto to say about the believer: “This is what you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” 1 Corinthians 6:11. So no matter the person and whatever they have done in their unbelief, once transformed by faith, they are considered washed and sanctified by the sacrifice of Jesus and imputed with His righteousness in the sight of the Father on the day of judgment so that they may be given eternal life. Romans. 4:5 states that our “faith is credited as righteousness.” Therefore, no one is righteous except One, and by that One, we are made as righteous through His work on the cross. So let one not consider themselves more worthy of salvation in their own pride. A heterosexual has no better chance of Heaven than a homosexual. All have sinned and are guilty without Christ, but with Christ, both are redeemed as promised. So “what God has cleansed, no longer consider unholy.” (Acts 10:15).

      Sorry I wrote quite a bit more than expected. But does my wording in my quote make more sense now, hopefully? Thanks again for your comment. If you respond, I would like to know what faith you believe in (Christian or Muslim or other?) just to get a better understanding of the context and motivation of your statement. Thanks!
      -Moanti

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