I recently read an article where a survey was taken of churches in America. Moreover, I was shocked (not really) to discover that many American churches due to COVID are not reopening, at least for quite a while yet.
The survey was administered June 1-12, 2020 through an online form, done in partnership with the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center’s Send Institute.
I am a numbers person. My career was in accounting and computer science. Therefore, I really like numbers, logic, facts, and order. I’m not into chaos.
767 responses from 46 states were received. Now I realize in the overall scheme of things that is a minute sampling of all the churches in America. However, you still get a good feel for what is going on.
67% of American Churches are not Reopening
Here is the breakdown according to size which have not yet reopened:
- 80% of megachurches (1000+ attendance (before COVID))
- 66% of churches with 501 to 999 in attendance
- 61% with 101 to 500
- 65% with 51 to 100
- 65% with less than 51
Why the American Churches are not Reopening
- Most state the health and safety of their congregation and community outweigh their ability and desire to gather.
- Some have shared that there are restrictions on congregational singing.
- Then there is a hesitation from ministry volunteers.
- How about the inability to linger before and after services reduce the value of their in-person gatherings.
With that said 33% were going to attempt to reopen this month and another 20% before fall. However, the survey mentioned that 28% may not reopen their doors at all! You can read more of the survey here.
One pastor from the survey said:
“it does not make sense to church leadership to hold worship services for only a small percentage of their congregation while risking the chance of increasing the number of coronavirus cases in their community. Their plan is to continue month by month and to continue to improve their virtual engagement, with possibly some small group meetings.”christianheadlines.com, Wednesday, June 17, 2020
What I Heard in His Statement
It is not cost-effective to open our church for only a few people. We are a business after all. Our donations are down. After all, it’s all about the almighty dollar instead of Almighty God.
Unfortunately, many of the so-called Pastors/Shepherds in the American pulpits are like-minded. More concerned over their budgets than their flock. My Pastor has a saying when he brings up the insane things some do or say. He says: “I’m not mad but …” I think that’s funny.
Well, I am mad, aggravated, upset at the deception in our pulpits from theses wolves in shepherds clothing. Because of them, many are being led astray and now are being abandoned by their so-called pastors.
“…Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. 16 You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act.” – Matthew 7:15-16
“I know that false teachers, like vicious wolves, will come in among you after I leave, not sparing the flock.” – Acts 20:29
Fortunately, perhaps their flock will see the light and seek out true Pastors/Shepherds that care more about doing the work God called them to do. I respect my Pastor because He does not drink the satanic Kool-Aid being passed around. If he only had 1 person show up, he would still deliver the Word of God the same as He would if 1000 showed up.
Lazy Christians are also a Problem
We are very spoiled in this country and think we are beyond reproach. The attitude of I can do what I want when I want is everywhere. Therefore we take many of the blessings of God for granted. Such as gathering together to worship our Creator and Savior Jesus Christ. However, as we have seen, we are slowly giving up our freedoms for peace and safety. Moreover, the satanic puppets are very willing to do away with them for their own purposes.
While we willingly take these blessings as our “legal right” to worship together or not, many other Christians around the world face death because they will not forsake gathering together to worship the One who gave His life for them.
“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” – Hebrews 10:25 (NLT)
2019 Persecution Stats
According to Open Doors USA in 2019 there were:
- Over 260 million Christians lived in places where they experience high levels of persecution (a 6% increase over the previous year)
- 2,983 Christians were killed for their faith (8 Christians killed every day)
- 9,488 churches and other Christian buildings attacked.
- 3,711 believers were detained without trial, arrested, sentenced or imprisoned
The Top 10 Countries for Persecution of Christians Are:
- North Korea
Consider what Christians face in North Korea. If discovered, they are sent to labor camps as political criminals or killed on the spot. Christians gathering with other Christians to worship is impossible unless it’s done in complete secrecy and yet many take that chance to worship Jesus.
In Muslim countries, you have a target on your back if you accept Jesus Christ and turn from Islam. However, many convert and lead others to Jesus and meet together secretly for the honor of worshiping together even though they could be killed if discovered.
What is Your Reason?
Why are you not gathering together with other Christians to worship our Lord and Savior? One day soon we will be unable to meet together out in the open any longer. You can see the crazy restrictions placed on churches during this year in the name of safety. You could see the hate and disdain for Christians loud and clear!
Worship With Us
Don’t waste the blessings we take for granted in this country while others around the world give their lives for the opportunity to meet and encourage each other in the Lord. While many American churches are not reopening yet, we are. If you live in the Elizabethtown KY area, join us at Grace Fellowship 6970 S Wilson Rd, Sunday Mornings at 10:30 am. If you are unable to attend you will find us live streaming on Facebook. Or watch the sermon later on our YouTube channel.