[b]Is American Christianity Turning Charismatic?[/b]VENTURA, CA Pentecostal or charismatic Christianity is viewed by some Americans as an emotional, theologically suspect form of the Christian faith. It is widely thought to be a very vocal and visible, but numerically small slice of the grand religious pie in the United States. Two new surveys from The Barna Group, however, indicate that things are changing dramatically in the religious landscape. Those surveys one among a national sample of adults and the other among a national sample of Protestant pastors - show that the number of churches and adherents to Pentecostal perspectives and practices has grown significantly in the past two decades.A decade ago, three out of ten adults claimed to be charismatic or Pentecostal Christians. Today, 36% of Americans accept that designation. That corresponds to approximately 80 million adults. (For the Barna survey, this included people who said they were ...read more: http://www.churchexecutive.com/Page.cfm/PageID/10470
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Hi Greg...This is interesting. I've noticed that several of the nearby Baptist churches have changed their names to sound more "non-denominational." They have also restructured the "style" of their meetings to reflect many of the charismatic traditions. This is particularly true in regard to the music, dress, less-emphasized organizational standards, and standards for personal conduct. One nearby Southern Baptist church conducts meetings that looks and sounds a whole lot like a night club (without the alcohol). Yet it is one of the fastest growing churches in the region.I consider myself "Pentecostal" in the classical sense of the word. However, I tend to stray from much of the modern charismatic theology and practices as demonstrated in most charismatic churches. I do find it odd, however, that many of the mainstream denominations are doing whatever they can to be identified with the charismatic movement. Are they facing such a dilemna that they would do anything to get people into the doors? :-(
A decade ago, three out of ten adults claimed to be charismatic or Pentecostal Christians. Today, 36% of Americans accept that designation. That corresponds to approximately 80 million adults. (For the Barna survey, this included people who said they were ...
Krispy quoteMost American "believers" couldnt tell you the difference between a Catholic and a Baptist.moe_macMany times there is not any difference. They are both lost and don't get on the defensive Krispy, I was not referring to you.
Was there something you said that you thought would put me on the defensive? Gee... I hope I'm not perceived as ready to pounce... :-x Krispy