Will the American church exist in 100 years? You know about our nation’s atheists and agnostics. Now we have “ignostics,” people who are ignorant of basic biblical truths. Fewer than half of Americans can identify Genesis as the first book of the Bible; only one third know that Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount; only one half can name even one of the Gospels.
We have “apatheists,” those who are apathetic about spirituality. Some 46 percent of Americans say they never wonder whether they will go to heaven; 44 percent spend no time seeking “eternal wisdom.” And we have “exitists”—almost 60 percent of young people ages 15-29 have left active church involvement. If their children follow their example, what will happen to American Christianity? This decline is not only among mainline denominations: Southern Baptist Convention membership will fall nearly 50 percent by 2050 if current trends continue.