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AFA: America’s Christians getting a crash course in the fears of other believers around the globe

Monday, August 14, 2023 @ 08:17 AM

TUPELO, Miss. — A newly released study confirms that American Christians are profoundly apprehensive about the future of Christianity in the U.S., and deeply fearful about the future of the country and the world. According to the Lifeway Research study, 69% of American pastors sense growing alarm in their congregations about where America is headed; additionally, 63% report dismay about what is happening within Christianity in America. The study also noted that, overall, these numbers were actually lower than the previous years, but still significant enough to warrant concern.

American Family Association (AFA, Executive Vice President Ed Vitagliano said fear and anxiety are enemies to be overcome by the essential basics of true Christian life and practice: Bible reading, prayer, and a renewed commitments to obedience, purity and fellow believers.

“This sense of dread is to be expected precisely because the cultural and political situation in this nation is becoming fairly grim. In a lot of ways, Christians in America are getting a crash course in what believers in various other parts of the world have experienced for decades. The solution for the church is as it’s always been, and it includes abiding in the word of God, the pursuit of holiness, obedience, a deepening prayer life, faithfulness to church and fellow believers, and the like. For two millennia, that has been what Christians have done when a culture becomes overtly hostile to their faith,” said Vitagliano.

For over 40 years, AFA has operated within the mission to inform, equip, and activate individuals to strengthen the moral foundations of American culture and give aid to the church here and abroad in its task of fulfilling the Great Commission.  Founded in 1977, AFA has long been on the front lines of America’s culture war. Today, AFA is one of the largest and most effective pro-family organizations in the country, with nearly a million online supporters and approximately 110,000 subscribers to The Stand (formerly known as the AFA Journal), the ministry’s monthly magazine.  Find AFA Action Alerts here.  In addition, AFA owns and operates nearly 180 radio stations across the country under the American Family Radio banner. 

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