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Studies have indicated the growth of a new group of Americans in the past few years. This group, referred to “nones,” is those who claim that they are not associated with a particular religious group. Pastor Craig Groeschel of LifeChurch.tv says he believes the growth of this group has more to do with a rejection of certain religious typecasting rather than a growing disbelief in God. The decline in religious affiliation has invited speculation that overall religious belief is also declining, but other studies suggest that is not the case. Twenty percent of Americans said they had no religious preference in 2012, but only three percent said they did not believe in God. That number has on grown by one percentage point in the past 20 years. Groeschel says he thinks the statistics reveal that people are not saying they don’t believe in God, but rather that they don’t believe in religion. In other words, they are not rejecting Jesus, but they are rejecting traditional views of the church. Groeschel said true transformation stems from a relationship with Jesus Christ. He added, ”In order to become a new person, we need Christ. Only through an active ongoing relationship with Jesus can we become transformed and overcome the labels that bind us.”— Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Craig Groschel: ‘Nones’ are Wary of Baggage-Laden labels, by Jeff Schapiro, http://www.christianpost.com/news/craig-groeschel-nones-are-wary-of-baggage-laden-labels-93545, Accessed April 9, 2013.

John 3:18 (ESV) Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

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