The Numbers Game

04 Sep

Just a look at those articles which have numbers in their titles


  1. It’s becoming more culturally acceptable, especially among young people.
  2. Plenty of the people next to you in the pews are struggling with it.
  3. A shocking percentage of the people on stage struggle with it.

We agree with these points wholeheartedly but we do not necessarily agree with their thinking when they make their explanations. We would have prefered some biblical verses applied correctly to this issue instead of sending people to a book written by a human who may or may not teach what God’s want yo to learn about this issue.

Then do we need a formal ministry to handle this problem or just true believers who are spiritually and biblically correct who get involved on a private level?


Visitation of the members” became a common job description of pastors about a century ago.

You already know what we think of this article and this point does not change our mind. Pastors are to look after the needs of their people, seeing their situation first hand helps them do that and then they know how to pray more effectively or see what God wants them to do in their sermons or congregational care. Christ visited people and ate with them, should our pastors do anything less (within reason)?


In the 1500s, reformer Martin Luther gave us this warning: “I am much afraid that schools will prove to be the great gates of hell unless they diligently labor in explaining the holy Scriptures, engraving them in the hearts of youth.”

Morals are not only airbrushed out of schools but also society as a whole. Today, it’s not just the absence of the positive but it’s the presence of the negative.

We took out one sentence from those words so we could say that we agree with this thought. Parents have trusted schools and educators far too blindly and they are reaping the cost as they see their children leave the faith and go for sinful alternatives. We need to bring God’s ways back to education. BUT with that said, we did not know that there were only 10 things a parent could do and that they all start with the letter C.

The limited and confirming list is not all bad but an emphasis on teaching the truth should have been included there and again we would have been happier if we saw good applicable biblical verses to support each point like Deut. 4 which God specifically tells parents to teach their children and grandchildren his ways, his commands, his instructions. That would be more effective than making a list of C words to make one’s point.


It is difficult, given the explosive cost of a college education these days, to graduate without any loans. Over the last 35 years, the cost of a public college education has nearly quadrupled, far exceeding inflation, as many parents know.

The points are fine but the author is just stating the obvious and what everyone should already know but he left out another obvious point that would help reduce debt–go to a cheaper school. Overpaying for education  is not always the smart thing to do. Learning to be a good financial steward applies to educational needs as well plus even if the college is not Harvard nothing stops a person from getting books at a cheap price and getting more information. Why break yourself before you start out in life?

God tells us to get wisdom and wisdom is needed when it comes to educational needs and costs.


What is God’s solution to this growing problem of religious “nones”? It can be summed up in three words: truth, encounter, and consistency.

These may be his reasons. We are just not sure for we do not see them highlighted like the other articles do. He also may be talking about a different level of people who left the faith for the Bible states:

Heb 6:4 It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit,
Heb 6:5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age,
Heb 6:6 if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because  to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace

Hard to say. But I am sure God is talking about those who truly deconvert and not those who simply stopped going to church.

That should do it for now. Ranier has two more articles with numbers in them but our opinion of him and his research is very low so we would be repeating ourselves if we included them in this list.


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