"Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God." 2 Thess. 2:1-4
Notice two signs, in those verses, which will precede "the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ ...and our gathering together unto him." Those two signs are,
(1) "a falling away first" and (2) "that man so sin the son of perdition,(Antichrist) be revealed".
The first of those two signs began, n to be fulfilled with the turn of the millennium. Since the year 2000, the signs of the times, including the "falling away" of professing Christians, have exploded upon the whole world, especially America.
Only now are recent polling organizations picking up the fact that being a CINO (Christian In Name Only), is no longer a "popular profession". The most recent poll, done by the Pew Research Center, reports that in 2014, the number of "professing" Christians in the U.S., fell by 8%, about 5 million adults, since 2007. Do not overlook the fact that this poll included all denominations and people who have "professed" to be Christian, even in the loosest meaning of the term.
The New York Times reported, in May of this year, on the Pew survey. These are excerpts.... I added the word (professing) and underlined "raised" in bold. It is my opinion that, thus far, most drop-outs are "professing" not "possessing" Christians. As persecution of Christians increases, there will no doubt be more "falling away" from faithfulness and service on the part of some true Christians. Consider Apostle Peter. I underlined and bold typed "raised" because though Christian parents raise their children under Christian standards and atmosphere, one cannot be raised a Christian. We must each personally, willfully believe on Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. RB
New York Times:
Overall, the religiously unaffiliated numbered 56 million and represent nearly 23 percent of adults, up from 36 million and 16 percent in 2007.... The ranks of the unaffiliated have been bolstered by former (professing) Christians. Nearly a quarter of people who were raised as Christian have left the group, and ex-Christians now represent 19 percent of adults.
Attrition was most substantial among mainline Protestants and Roman Catholics who have declined in absolute numbers .... Not all religions or even Christian traditions declined so markedly. The number of Evangelical Protestants dipped only slightly as a share of the population, by 1 percentage point, and actually increased in raw numbers.
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