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Most Americans Don’t Like Christian Celebrity Culture, Megachurches: Study

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While a majority of Americans have a positive view of Jesus, most, including Christians, also have a negative opinion of celebrity Christian culture, celebrity pastors, Evangelicals, megachurches and famous worship bands, a new study from Barna Group shows. And the situation is among a number of drivers inching the nation toward a post-Christian era. The data for the study, conducted online from Dec. 13–22, 2022, via a consumer research panel, was based on a survey of 2,005 U.S. adults and teenagers called the Spiritually Open project. Gloo and He Gets Us partnered with Barna for the research.  “When we asked Americans whether they have a positive or negative opinion of Jesus, seven in 10 (71%) say they view him positively. Of all U.S. teens and adults, 63 percent say they have made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ that is still important in their life today,” Barna researchers said. “This is actually most common among millennials, of whom 70 percent say their commitment to Jesus is still important to them.” As Christian, we all want to spend our money in a way that supports our beliefs. But it can be hard to find businesses with the transparency or trust that allow us to do that. That’s why we’ve partnered with Medi-Share. Learn More When asked if they have a “positive” opinion of certain aspects of Christian culture like megachurches, the study shows that just a minority of both Christians and non-Christians approve. Overall, only 16% of U.S. teens and adults have a positive view of megachurches and among Christians, it doesn’t get much better. Only 17% view them positively. For people of other faiths, 21% said they have a positive view of megachurches, while just 9% of people with no faith said the same… (READ MORE)

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