A recent poll in England indicates for the first time that more than half of Brits are non-religious. Is there anything Americans should learn from that?
The survey by the National Centre for Social Research reveals that 53 percent of the English describe themselves as having "no religion" – and among those 18 to 24 years old, the percentage rose to a shocking 71. A similar survey by the same organization in 1983 showed 31 percent overall said they had no religion – a 70-percent increase over that 34-year span.
Dr. Richard Land of Southern Evangelical Seminary, who studied in England in the 1970s, says he saw the trend starting even then.
"They got there because of the wolves in sheep's clothing who have been the Christian leaders in the Church of England and in too much of the church in Britain," he describes to OneNewsNow. "You lose confident in scripture, you deny scripture, and it just keeps going."
One of the clearest examples of that loss of fidelity to scripture came in the latest general meeting of the Church of England this past July when a spokesman for a diocese introduced a motion, saying:
"It's a great pleasure and a privilege to stand before you today and to bring this motion from the Blackburn diocese on Welcome and Affirmation for trans people in the Church of England."
The motion passed by a large margin and now Anglican churches in Great Britain are considering things like "baptizing" people into their new gender.
Land says people are looking for pleasure rather than truth. "It's not that these people are atheists. They don't have enough faith to be atheists; they don't have enough conviction to be atheists," he states. "They're just self-idolatrous. It's the modern holy un-trinity of I, myself and me."
And he warns that America is just one generation from being in the same boat – unless there's a move of the Holy Spirit.
"That's what America must have: a reformation that shakes America for Jesus the way Luther and Calvin shook Europe and the way Whitfield and Wesley and Edwards shook Colonial America for God's Kingdom," says Land.