Millennials continue to leave the church in large numbers
FIKISWA TSABEDZE | 6/13/2019, 8:36 p.m.
The Bible is also the core scripture of the church and should be followed by anyone practicing the Christian religion. However, “all Christians are guilty of picking and choosing which part of the scripture to follow and which to ignore,” said Danna, distressed. “The level of hypocrisy within the church or Christian religion is on another level. Everybody wants to pick their sins and hate on others for sinning differently.”
Other students expressed that church has always felt exclusive with the existence of cliques. “There’s very little godliness and more cliques,” Sihle expressed. “Why is there so much classism!” Some people who feel excluded from said groups end up leaving the church altogether.
Students convey that young people are leaving church because whether intentionally or unintentionally, the church has created a culture that is an unwelcoming environment for them. Any person who feels unwelcome in any place, leaves.
According to CHRISTIANITY TODAY INTERNATIONAL, it’s worth observing that most young people who withdraw from regular attendance are not abandoning the faith altogether. Of all young adults who used to attend protestant churches but left temporarily or for good, only 7 percent say they are currently atheists (3 percent) or agnostic (4 percent). In contrast, most still consider themselves protestant (49 percent) or non-denominational (21 percent), while 10 percent now identify as Roman Catholic.