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Spirituality Without Christ

USA Today is reporting on Lifeway’s recent study of the spirituality of people who are 18-30 years old.  What they found was a lot of spiritual people who call themselves Christians.  For the church, this sounds good, right?  But it’s not quite that simple.

Among the 65% who call themselves Christian, “many are either mushy Christians or Christians in name only,” Rainer says. “Most are just indifferent. The more precisely you try to measure their Christianity, the fewer you find committed to the faith.”

Key findings in the phone survey, conducted in August and released today:

•65% rarely or never pray with others, and 38% almost never pray by themselves either.

•65% rarely or never attend worship services.

•67% don’t read the Bible or sacred texts.

Many are unsure Jesus is the only path to heaven: Half say yes, half no.

“We have dumbed down what it means to be part of the church so much that it means almost nothing, even to people who already say they are part of the church,” Rainer says.

We have raised spiritual young people who don’t know Christ.  Spirituality without Christ is an empty attempt to fill that space within us that only God is designed to fill.  These survey results illustrate the deep desire for a relationship with God that all people have.  They also illustrate the

Rather than being discouraged with this, however, our correct response is to move among these people and show them what a true relationship with Christ looks like, and pray that God would use the emptiness of such spirituality to draw young people to Him.

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