The Great Harvest is here. Christ's Mandate for Missions and CMMTheology build strong, organic relationships globally as we worship, grow and equip together. Like Joshua and Caleb and the Apostle Paul, we see with faith what He sees in each person (to help each reach fullness), group (many streams and backgrounds in unity) and nations (sheep vs. goat nations). Our passion is to love, connect, equip and send with the simplicity, fullness, and power of the Gospel.
The number of people who claim no religious affiliation, meanwhile, has doubled since 1990 to fifteen percent, its highest point in history.
Christianity is plummeting in America, while the number of non-believers is skyrocketing.
A shocking new study of Americans' religious beliefs shows the beginnings of a major realignment in Americans' relationship with God. The American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) reveals that Protestants now represent half of all Americans, down almost 20 percent in the last twenty years. In the coming months, America will become a minority Protestant nation for the first time since the pilgrims.
The number of people who claim no religious affiliation, meanwhile, has doubled since 1990 to fifteen percent, its highest point in history. Non-believers now represent the third-highest group of Americans, after Catholics and Baptists.
1) The number of Christians has declined 12% since 1990, and is now 76%, the lowest percentage in American history.
2) The growth of non-believers has come largely from men. Twenty percent of men express no religious affiliation; 12% of women.
3) Young people are fleeing faith. Nearly a quarter of Americans in their 20's profess no organized religion.
4) But these non-believers are not particularly atheist. That number hasn't budged and stands at less than 1 percent. (Agnostics are similarly less than 1 percent.) Instead, these individuals have a belief in God but no interest in organized religion, or they believe in a personal God but not in a formal faith tradition.
The implications for American society are profound. Americans' relationship with God, which drove many of the country's great transformations from the pilgrims to the founding fathers, the Civil War to the civil rights movement, is still intact. Eighty-two percent of Americans believe in God or a higher power.
But at the same time, the study offers yet another wake-up call for religious institutions.
First, catering to older believers is a recipe for failure; younger Americans are tuning out.
Second, Americans are interested in God, but they don't think existing institutions are helping them draw closer to God.
Finally, Americans' interest in religion has not always been stable. It dipped following the Revolution and again following Civil War. In both cases it rebounded because religious institutions adapted and found new ways of relating to everyday Americans.
Today, the rise of disaffection is so powerful that different denominations needs to band together to find a shared language of God that can move beyond the fading divisions of the past and begin moving toward a partnership of different-but-equal traditions.
Or risk becoming Europe, where religion is fast becoming an afterthought.
Waking Up by Robin McMillan LAUGHING JESUS Posted: 31 Jan 2010 05:46 PM PST I picked this rendering of Jesus because He is laughing. (I don't know who drew it and apologize for using it without permission.) Most historic religious imagery of the Lord shows Him serene, serious, ethereal, other worldly, in agony, or sad. I know that He was the suffering Savior but he was also 'anointed with the oil of joy above his companions' (Hebrews 1:8-9). People need to see a laughing, joyful, happy Jesus to round out their understanding of God! Jesus is the source of our joy and as King of the universe, is seated on a throne having been anointed with joy. "Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You love righteousness and hate wickedness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions" (Psalms 45:6-7). In Acts 2:15-21 Peter defends th
War Time Prayers and Updates Pray for our CMM members globally helping our brethren in the US and abroad. Even in the midst of chaos and uncertainty the work of our Father, that is, to believe, strengthens our resolve and commitment to our Lord Jesus and the ultimate victory in His completed work on the Cross. Thank you for your prayers and sharing this with your friends and family. CMM Friends around the world as friends of Jesus and sons of God together, working to show Jesus' love to all those needing comfort and hope, here in the USA and abroad. Two weeks ago one of my fruitful friends shared the account of a Muslim man near the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan seeing 'the man in white,' Jesus. He surrendered His heart to our Messiah and is now offering a safe haven to as many fleeing Christians as his large tract of land can hold. (please subscribe to this blog in the left margin to receive updates as they come out. Click here to go to the new CMM Newsdesk websit
Oh WoW!!!! Healing river flowing in the UK Sorry it's been so long since our last update; we haven't had much time to write but God is doing amazing things. In this newsletter: Miracles in the café New shop in Chester Presence of Jesus More miracles, salvations, healings and deliverance Holy Spirit high is better than drugs! Demons flee Here are just some of the recent miracles Jesus is doing here in Chester, UK…. Taxi driver feels something leave his body! On Friday in the café we met a taxi driver who came in with his grown-up daughter. She'd been in last week and we'd prayed for her and her friend. They'd both felt the presence of Jesus really strongly and she'd told her Dad who didn't believe her! He agreed to come into the café with her yesterday as he'd seen her circumstances change for the better since we prayed last week. He told us he had diabetes. We invited the Holy Spirit and commanded the diabetes to leave his body. He s