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A Pastor W. Eric Croomes Comment: Three Questions for the 'Spiritual Not Religious'.

Facts: (According to Pew Research Center)

  • The proportion of Black adults who say church involvement is overall “desirable” is on the decline, from 90 percent in 1996 (71% “very” + 19% “somewhat”) to just 74 percent today (44% “very” + 30% “somewhat”).

  • Another poll shows that 34.9% of blacks identified as “nones” in 2020 – up from 19.5% in 2008 (Cooperative Election Study).

  • 30% of all Black Americans claim the descriptor “spiritual not religious”.

Question One: What Do You Believe?

Do you believe that Christ died? Christ was buried? Christ was raised from the dead?

Fact: Sound doctrine is the basis of Christian belief.

Question Two: Why Do You Believe What You Believe?

Fact: There is no objective biblical ground for divorcing oneself from a community of believers. We draw strength from the pack.

Question Three: How Do You Activate What You Believe Without Community?

How do you evangelize? What is your duty toward building the kingdom of God? A familiar refrain of the 'nones' is "I don't need to go to church to believe in God." That may be true. You also don't have to take a shower every day - but we highly recommend it!

Fact: Believership does not take place in a vacuum. We were born again in community, for community.

This we know for certain: the battle for belief is a battle for the mind. It is our way of thinking, our mental and spiritual dictate, that determines whether we remain faithful to God. Paul writes,

But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

2 Corinthians 11:3

I welcome your feedback.

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