This will give your new year a big boost, dear reader. It’s from the blog of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. He’s famed for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG) and for the mind-boggling Creation Museum.
The title of ol’ Hambo’s post is The Statistics Are Alarming! Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Anyone who knows me or the ministry of Answers in Genesis, the Creation Museum, and future Ark Encounter, knows that we have a burden to see reformation in the church in our western nations. Our desire and prayer is that the church would return to the authority of God’s Word from the very beginning and would think biblically. Well, research for my new coauthored book Ready to Return has only increased this burden.
What Hambo considers to be “the church” is limited to those who agree with him in every particular, so anything that increases ol’ Hambo’s burden is likely to be good news for us. He says:
For my 2009 book Already Gone , we commissioned America’s Research Group (ARG) to research why two-thirds of young people are leaving church. And last year we expanded this research, again with ARG, to understand more about the state of the modern church and particularly the younger generations that remain in church. What we found was absolutely shocking and sobering.
Gasp! What are those “shocking and sobering” findings? Hambo tells us:
Here’s just some of what ARG’s research uncovered about the beliefs of those who attend church in their 20s and 40s:
• Twenty percent (20.6%) said they don’t believe the Bible is true and historically accurate.
• 27% said they don’t believe homosexual behavior is a sin, and two in five said gay couples should be allowed to marry and have all the legal rights of heterosexual couples.
• 30.6% said abortions should continue to be legal in most instances.
But wait — from Hambo’s point of view, the numbers get increasingly worse:
• Almost 40% said they think premarital sex is okay.
Oh no — it’s the proverbial Beast with two backs! But as bad as that is, there’s even more gloomy news — from Hambo’s point of view:
• 62% (again, those surveyed attend church) said they believe if you are a good person on earth, you will go to heaven upon your death.
• Less than 50% said someone taught them how to defend their Christian faith if they were challenged.
• 50% do not believe in a young Earth.
How depressing for Hambo! We assume this is a form of market research he commissioned, which tells him that ticket sales for his museum and his ark will be declining in the future. That’s certainly bad news for him — but for us, the future looks good.
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