The Pew Research Center polled over 35,000 Americans from all 50 states concerning their religious beliefs. The results are both eye-opening and not surprising.
70% of Americans profess to be Christians
According to the study, “Christian” includes things that are definitely not: Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, Catholics, etc.
Only 25.4% of Americans identify as “Evangelical Protestant”. What exactly is that? According to the study, “Evangelical Protestant” includes the following types of churches:
- Baptist – 9.2% (SBC – 5.3%; Independent – 2.5%)
- Methodist – 0.3%
- Nondenominational – 4.9%
- Lutheran – 1.5%
- Presbyterian – 0.8%
- Episcopalian/Anglican – 0.3%
- Restorationist (Church of Christ) – 1.6%
- Congregationalist – 0.3%
- Holiness – 0.7%
- Reformed – 0.3%
- Adventist – 0.6%
- Anabaptist – 0.3%
- Pietist – 0.3%
- Other – 0.3%
- Nonspecific – 1.5%
How many of these “Evangelical Protestant” churches are actually preaching the gospel? It’s hard to say, but a quick look at the list above makes it clear that all do not. If “Evangelical Protestant” = actually saved, then 75% of America is lost.
America: A World Leader in the Unevangelized
The population of the USA was about 318.9 million in 2014.
If this data is correct, 81,000,600 people in the USA identify themselves as “Evangelical Protestant.” For simplicity, let’s assume each of these 81 million people is genuinely born again.
That would mean there are 237,899,400 people in our country who will probably go to hell. In America.
It’s hard to put numbers like this in perspective. But consider this, there are only 3 other countries in the world with a total population bigger than the number of lost people who live in the United States: China, India, and Indonesia.
Did you get that? Only three countries even have the potential to have more lost residents than the United States. As the third largest country in the world, we are also home to a vast number of unevangelized.
About the Statistics
Most of the data comes from: http://www.pewforum.org/religious-landscape-study/
The Religious Landscape Study surveys more than 35,000 Americans from all 50 states and analyzes the relationship between religious affiliation and various demographic factors.
Population figures come from Wikipedia.