Losing Faith: Why South Carolina is abandoning its churches

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(Worthy News) - South Carolina churches are shedding thousands of members a year, even as the state’s population grows by tens of thousands.

In the place we call the Bible Belt, where generations have hung their hats on their church-going nature and faithful traditions, an increasing trend of shrinking church attendance — and increasing church closings — signals a fundamental culture shift in South Carolina.

At least 97 Protestant churches across South Carolina have closed since 2011, according to data from the Lutheran, Presbyterian, United Methodist and Southern Baptist denominations. An untold number of other closings, certainly, are not captured by these statistics. [ Source: SC State (Read More...) ]

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13 thoughts on “Losing Faith: Why South Carolina is abandoning its churches”

  1. I wonder that this is a sign that we might nearing the end. Did Christ not ask if he would find faith on the earth upon his return?

  2. Part of the problem is that churches aren't churches anymore. They are not grounded in Christ. They do not understand, follow, or obey the Word of God. So, is that really bad that "churches" are closing down?

      • Wrong, Revelation 19:7-8, 21:9, 22:17
        The true Church (the Saints of Christ) is Christ's bride.. study God's beautiful Word in the KJV and you will see His perfect Word:)

  3. Christ's ministry which was the fulfillment of our covenant with His Father is and was based on love. Love of God, love of neighbor, and ultimately love of self. When we lose that love and concern in lieu of the things of this world we lose God, Himself and our faith. I don't have much, but because I trust and love, I have never gone without. I no longer worry, but rather rejoice at each coming day. Living a life of faith is so great, I'll never go back to one of this world.

  4. salvation is in and through God's only begotten Son, Yeshua aka Jesus Christ. Salvation is Not in and through a church, or The Church. there is and always will be a difference. it is the fellowship of the saints, other living Believers we are not to forsake. Christians and Messianics,
    Netzarim etc can all leave churches behind. we are called out to follow the Messiah not a church. the word Church is not in any original manuscripts.

  5. The title belies this paragraph in the original report:
    "At the same time, some churches are growing, and some growing quickly. But they might not look much like the churches your grandparents...."
    The question is how are these other churches growing compared to the traditional, ecumenical churches' declines?

  6. Annette is right, they are leaving because they (the churches)are empty of God. The people are not being spiritually fed. They are even seeking home churches to be more spirit filled.

  7. The increase in the catholic churches is due to Hispanic immigration and northerners and mid westerners moving into SC. The drop off of Protestant and Baptist churches has many underlying causes. It is a sign of the times

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