Evangelicals have become largest Christian group

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

While a recent survey showed that Christianity is on the decline in America, a longtime Christian leader says there's some very encouraging data about evangelicals. 

Despite negative numbers in the Pew Research study published in May, Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary in North Carolina, points out there are some positive takeaways. He notes that while the number of evangelicals didn't grow as fast as the population from 2007 to 2014, it did show growth.

"The evangelical community grew from 59 million to 62 million and is now the largest segment of the Christian faith in America,” he says. “Now that's a revolution in and of itself.  As recently as 1960, 45 percent of all Americans had been members of mainline Protestant denominations."

He says percentage-wise, mainlines are now in the teens.

"The mainlines have become on the sideline, and evangelicals have surpassed Catholics and mainline Protestants as the most popular identification in American Christianity,” he says. “And now 55 percent of all people who identify themselves as Christians in America identify themselves as evangelical Christians."

Land concludes that reports on the demise of evangelical Christianity are greatly exaggerated.

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