A Great Falling Away: a Sign of End Times
There is no question that as we enter the 21st century there has been a great “falling away” from the faith. Over the past century there has indeed been a great falling away from the faith – starting with the rise of Darwinism at the turn of the century, and progressing on with the rise of secular humanism in the twentieth century.
The sign given by the Apostle reads:
2 Thess 2:3 “Let no one deceive you by any means; for
that day will not come unless the falling away comes first…”
According to Got Questions,org, The Greek word translated “rebellion” or “falling away” in verse 3 is apostasia, from which we get the English word apostasy. It refers to a general defection from the true God, the Bible, and the Christian faith. Every age has its defectors, but the falling away at the end times will be complete and worldwide. The whole planet will be in rebellion against God and His Christ. Every coup requires a leader, and into this global apostasy will step the Antichrist. We believe this takes place after the church has been raptured from the earth.
Jesus warned the disciples concerning the final days in Matthew 24:10–12:
“At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other,
and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.”
These are the characteristics of the great apostasy of the end times.
In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace
According to a study down by the Pew Research Center in October of 2019, the religious landscape of the United States continues to change at a rapid clip. In Pew Research Center telephone surveys conducted in 2018 and 2019,
- 65% of American adults describe themselves as Christians when asked about their religion, down 12 percentage points over the past decade
- Meanwhile, the religiously unaffiliated share of the population, consisting of people who describe their religious identity as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular,” now stands at 26%, up from 17% in 2009.
The data shows a wide gap between older Americans (Baby Boomers and members of the Silent Generation) and Millennials in their levels of religious affiliation and attendance.
- More than eight-in-ten members of the Silent Generation (those born between 1928 and 1945) describe themselves as Christians (84%), as do three-quarters of Baby Boomers (76%).
- In stark contrast, only half of Millennials (49%) describe themselves as Christians; four-in-ten are religious “nones,” and one-in-ten Millennials identify with non-Christian faiths.
Only about one-in-three Millennials say they attend religious services at least once or twice a month. Roughly two-thirds of Millennials (64%) attend worship services a few times a year or less often, including about four-in-ten who say they seldom or never go. Indeed, there are as many Millennials who say they “never” attend religious services (22%) as there are who say they go at least once a week (22%).
The trends are clear – the U.S. is steadily becoming less Christian and less religiously observant as the share of adults who are not religious grows
Go Questions.org – Will there be a great apostasy during the end times? https://www.gotquestions.org/great-apostasy.html
Pew Research Center, Oct 17, 2019 – https://www.pewforum.org/2019/10/17/in-u-s-decline-of-christianity-continues-at-rapid-pace/