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2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away[Apostasy] first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
1 Timothy 4:1 In the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.
Most religious groups in USA have lost ground, survey finds
By Cathy Lynn Grossman, USA TODAY 3/17/2009
When it comes to religion, the USA is now land of the freelancers.
percentage. of people who call themselves in some way Christian has
dropped more than 11% in a generation. The faithful have scattered out
of their traditional bases: The Bible Belt is less Baptist. The Rust
Belt is less Catholic. And everywhere, more people are exploring
spiritual frontiers — or falling off the faith map completely.
dramatic shifts in just 18 years are detailed in the new American
Religious Identification Survey (ARIS), to be released today. It finds
that, despite growth and immigration that has added nearly 50 million
adults to the U.S. population, almost all religious denominations have
lost ground since the first ARIS survey in 1990.
“More than ever
before, people are just making up their own stories of who they are.
They say, ‘I’m everything. I’m nothing. I believe in myself,’ ” says
Barry Kosmin, survey co-author.
Among the key findings in the 2008 survey:
So many Americans claim no religion at all (15%, up from 8% in 1990),
that this category now outranks every other major U.S. religious group
except Catholics and Baptists. In a nation that has long been mostly
Christian, “the challenge to Christianity … does not come from other
religions but from a rejection of all forms of organized religion,” the