A new survey by the Pew Research Center shows that young Jews do not consider religion as a key component of what it means to be Jewish. This trend, connected to a wider secularism among the youth, provides an opportunity for preaching the Gospel, according to some Messianic Jewish scholars.
Russ Resnik, executive director of the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC), called the decreasing emphasis on religion among Jewish Millennials "both a real problem and an opportunity," in an interview with The Christian Post on Tuesday. Resnik explained "it's a problem that our country is becoming increasingly secular," but he insisted that, as a result, "a lot of people are growing up without a lot of religious boundaries that historically kept Jews from thinking about Jesus as the Messiah."
According to the Pew study, 73 percent of Jews between 18 and 29 said a person can be Jewish if they do not believe in God. Sixty-six percent of the same group said being Jewish is mainly a matter of ancestry or culture, as opposed to religion. Only 13 percent said religion was more important. Thirty-two percent of them identify as Jewish but have no religion. more >>
A new survey by the Pew Research Center shows that over a third of the Jewish community accepts those who believe in Jesus as still Jewish. Leaders of the Messianic church, however, disagree as to whether or not this shows that Jews are more open to Jesus than in the past.
"A less hostile climate, a more open-minded climate" is pervading American Jewry, Messianic Jew Mitch Glaser, president of Chosen People Ministries, told The Christian Post in an interview on Monday. While he said that this doesn't mean Jews are hungry for Jesus, he said that this shift represents a unique opportunity for Messianic Jews to spread the Gospel.
Glaser explained that, "more than anything, the number one objection Jewish people have to believing in Jesus is that if they do, they have to stop being Jewish." While more than half of American Jews still consider Christianity incompatible with Judaism, Pew found that 34 percent do not. That number is even higher among ultra-Orthodox Jews, at 35 percent, and among ages 18-49, at 38 percent. more >>
A Pennsylvania church looking to attract new members from the surrounding area recently held a "Camo Sunday" service, which was inspired in part by the hit TV reality series "Duck Dynasty."
The First Wesleyan Church of Bradford, a congregation in Northwest Pennsylvania known for having traditional and contemporary worship, held its special service Sunday. The "Camo Sunday" worship involved attendees donning their best camouflage clothing, reminiscent of the attire often worn by the "Duck Dynasty" family the Robertsons.
A Georgia pastor began a small "bridge ministry" by feeding 50 homeless people who live under bridges and sharing the Gospel with them seven years ago. However, last weekend that number grew to 1,500 people who were in need of a pre-Thanksgiving dinner that was prepared and served by hundreds of volunteers.
"It was amazing. We usually grow about 200 a year but it seems like there's more desperation in our nation today than there was a year ago," said Pastor Roger Gardner from the New Hope Worship Center in Augusta, Ga., reports Fox News.
Their outreach event was a part of their annual tradition to feed the homeless the Saturday before Thanksgiving Day as they believe that individuals who live in the streets should be embraced, not abandoned. more >>
Thousands of people throughout Peru trekked to Lima earlier this month to partake in a weeklong national congress where church leaders affirmed their conservative movement and brought together the country's expanding Christian population.
Worldwide Missionary Movement was the organization behind the event that attracted over 70,000 Peruvians for the congress, "Only God Can Make Man Happy." During the event, several preachers spoke on denouncing homosexuality and abortion among other social issues.
While many of the participants were drawn in from areas near the capital city, many came from the highlands as well. In recent times, the growth of Christians has occurred due to converts from rural and remote areas who have heard the Gospel through radio stations. Although some of them continue to practice their indigenous rituals, the church has been accepting of them even though they consider their practices to be pagan. more >>
A recent study by the Pew Research Center has indicated that while extremely popular among American Catholics, Pope Francis has not had a noticeable effect on church attendance numbers.
In results released Monday, Conrad Hackett of the Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project found that trends in Mass attendance have remained basically the same since 2007.
For 2013, the year that Francis became the head of the Roman Catholic Church, 39 percent of U.S. Catholics reported attending Mass at least once a week. more >>