There is sadly less interest in attending church, even by Christian people - but a fad the Word of God said would occur in the end times; the prophetic nearing of Jesus Christ’s Second Coming. Many reputable online statistics websites, including U.S. GALLUP poles, based on two surveys, shows that church attendance was at 71% from 1985 to 1987. This dropped sharply down to 50% by year 2018. This is an alarming “falling away” that was prophesied by the Holy Bible (2 Thessalonians 2:3). That 21% drop represents many millions of people.

The drop has gone down even more, now between 2019 to 2020. Are these simply lazy people, who had rather skip church simply to indulge in leisure pursuits? Not in most cases, because two hours of worship in a sanctuary (Sunday School and regular Church Service), plus approximately an hour for the evening service, leaves ample time between, for rest and leisure (being any relaxing and stress lowering activity). Jesus stated this regarding the Sabbath day: Mark 2:27 - "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath." Some Christians literally develop a worship for the day of rest, rather than understand it to be a “day of rest, from the God who created it as a blessing for mankind. He does desire it to also be a time of fellowship between fellow Christians and worship toward their Creator, plus praise and hearing God's Holy Word, preached and taught. This, rather than it being a day of work as we perform on the other days of the week.

The drop in church attendance has become more about disconcerting things that occur in many churches (Satan attacks worship of God), than in unfaithful congregates, who are missing-out on assembling together with others who are in the body of Christ (the saved, born again, believers in Jesus Christ). There are severely flawed pastors, fellow church members at serious odds against each other and splits in churches. Some become separate groups over differences in Biblical Doctrines. This is a result of our spiritual enemy Satan, whom the Holy Scriptures says is constantly “wrestling against we who are in Christ (saved, born again believers). Prayer is our greatest weapon against the attacks and wiles of the Devil. The Bible says that our faith in Christ and “His Holy Word” can quench the darts shot at us, designed to bring us down as Christians I will also say that church-going is not necessarily essential to those who continue to familiarize themselves with God’s Word – the only avenue toward continued faith in God and The Lord Jesus Christ.

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I am a graduate of Liberty University (1996) for completion of theological studies. Bible studies are one of my most-covered book-subjects. I am however, careful to only address those subjects that I believe God has given me correct revelation on. I was a Christian Youth Minister, beginning in the 1980s for approximately 20 years (between youth ministries I served in other church capacities as well).