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Christianity – Its Own Worst Enemy

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Christians are driving people away from God, according to a recent survey. If you’ve visited my blog before, you might have picked up on the fact that I definitely believe that Christianity is its own worst enemy. Yesterday I discovered that other people feel the same way.

In the editorial section of yesterdays newspaper was an article by syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts. The title, “Religion is driving people away from God” immediately caught my attention. The article sites the results of the recent American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS), conducted by researchers at Trinity College (find it here).

The survey results show that Christianity, along with other religions, is on the decline in the United States. Mr. Pitts mentions that he believes the cause is simply that “religion has become an ugly thing.” I agree.

In the highlight section of the ARIS survey, the following claim is made: “The challenge to Christianity in the U.S. does not come from other religions but rather from a rejection of all forms of organized religion.” Organized religion is pushing people away from Christianity and away from God. Is that pathetic or what?

This “organized religion” is not the kind of Christianity that Jesus created. Jesus had something else in mind when he launched the apostles off on the mission to make disciples of all nations. But the bright side of this story is that there remain glimmers of hope and truth within Christianity. There are some churches that remain true to His word. And my hope and purpose for this blog site is that here too will be found the truth of Jesus Christ.

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Author: C.J. Penn

Reflections on a double life... I'm just a wanna-be writer. What's it like trying to do serious writing while also being consumed with a full-time engineering job? Between the two, I sometimes don't get much sleep. But I love writing - it gets me out of bed when it's way too dark, just so I can do some work on my book before heading off to work. I'm also passionate about the truth of God and Jesus, a truth that is not always visible in the outward view of the Christian religion. It's this passion that has pulled me out of bed to write for over 6 years now, still working on the same book, a book about truth. Will it ever be finished? God knows.

11 thoughts on “Christianity – Its Own Worst Enemy

  1. Hi this blog is great I will be recommending it to friends.

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  2. so very true. you should listen to a mark driscoll sermon called “burn your plastic jesus” in which he speaks pretty clearly on how opposed religion and Jesus actually are.

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  3. Josh,

    Thanks for pointing me to Mark Driscoll. I’m trying to poke around the Internet, looking for a recording of “burn your plastic Jesus.” Nothing yet, but I’ll keep looking.

    Take care,
    E.D.

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  4. I truly appreciate you taking the time to share this . Look forward to more posts from you

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  5. Amen. I saw this same survey and it saddens me that the focus has moved more towards rules, regulations and religion as opposed to relationship with the Savior and each other.

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  7. excellent site this histruthwillsetyoufree.wordpress.com great to see you have what I am actually looking for here and this this post is exactly what I am interested in. I shall be pleased to become a regular visitor :)

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  8. Hi E.D.,

    I’m not sure if you are still looking for it by now, but I found the “Burn Your Plastic Jesus” sermon on YouTube. At least I think that’s what you were referring to.

    Here it is:

    And thanks for your comment on my blog.

    Leo

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  9. Terrific! Thanks a lot Leo

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  10. Like your other readers, I look forward to your next post.

    Leo

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  11. thanks for the posts. i look forward to reading more.

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