It’s difficult to figure out what’s being said here by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. His new post at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry, is Cultural Christianity Continues to Decline, Replaced by “Nothing in Particular”.
Egad, that could have a serious impact on the attendance figures at Hambo’s enterprises — the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum, and his exact replica of Noah’s Ark known as Ark Encounter. Here are some excerpts from Hambo’s post, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
“In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace,” is the headline of a recent Pew Research Center report. The article confirms what our research for my book Already Gone [link omitted] and other sources having been saying for years — across the West, Christianity is on the decline, and secularism is on the rise, including here in the United States. How should we understand this troubling report?
We’ve suggested in the past that Hambo’s approach to religion and science may be the thing that’s driving people away, but we have no data to support that opinion. Hambo says:
Well, we should note that 17% (nearly 1 in 5) of Americans state that their religion is “nothing in particular.” [Gasp!] This percentage really shows the secularism and the subjectivity of our culture, which results in moral relativism permeating the culture. Instead of believing in revealed, unchanging truth (given to us in God’s Word), this 17% of Americans prefer to piece together their own religion of “nothing in particular,” with pieces taken from Christianity, New Age, Buddhism, Secularism, and more. It’s a religion made in the individual’s image, based on personal feelings.
Are you one of those lost souls piecing together your own religion? Hambo tells us:
When we are sharing the precious and life-changing message of the gospel with others — particularly those of the Millennial generation (of whom 40% say they believe “nothing in particular”) and the one coming after (Gen Z) — we can’t assume they have any kind of Christian foundation. We can’t assume they understand who the God of the Bible is, what sin is, or what Jesus came to do.
Egad, young folks don’t know anything! Hambo continues:
The shared Christianized foundation that cultural Christianity gave is long gone — it’s a different world now. Evangelism is now taking place in the West against a largely secular, even atheistic, backdrop (like the Greek culture of Acts chapter 17). It’s vital that we’re equipped to understand and defend the historicity, authenticity, truthfulness, and uniqueness of both the Bible (the ultimate source of truth) and the gospel message.
Hambo wants to teach those lost souls The Truth™. Let’s read on:
It’s obvious that cultural Christianity is declining here in the US, and really, throughout the West, but, according to another report [link omitted], around the world, Christianity is growing — at a rate of 1.27% per year — and atheism is declining slightly. Christianity is growing in places like Africa and Asia, where, as the report shares, there are more Christians than in North America.
Ooooooooooooh! Then Hambo can move his ark to Africa or Asia. Oh wait — it doesn’t float. Another excerpt:
Scripture tells us that Christ will build his Church (Matthew 16:18), and he continues to do so around the world. While it’s sad to watch the decline of Christianity and the rise of secularism throughout the West, we know that God will keep his promise to build his Church. Our job is to remain faithful in proclaiming his Word and the gospel as we “contend for the faith” (Jude 1:3) and do the King’s business until he returns.
Okay, that’s enough. Statistics in the West look bad for Hambo, but in the rest of the world, things look better. Hambo is optimistic. But we can’t help wondering — why didn’t he blame evolution for the Western decline of the church?
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