There’s a good chance self-described witches in the U.S. currently outnumber Presbyterians.
According to Quartz, which recently published a piece about the “explosive growth” in Wicca, that’s based on the fact that the Pew Research Center said in 2014 that Wiccans represented 0.4% of the population. That’s roughly 1.5 million people. And the religion is growing in numbers.
Meanwhile, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) pegged membership at 1,415,053 by the end of 2017.
As mainline Protestantism continues its devolution, the U.S. witch population is rising astronomically. There may now be more Americans who identify as practicing witches, 1.5 mil, than there are members of mainline Presbyterianism (PCUSA) 1.4 milhttps://t.co/a0RPmFeEv1
— Carmen FowlerLaBerge (@carmenlaberge) October 9, 2018
The Christian Post spoke to someone who had a different explanation for the rise in Wicca: People are just rejecting Jesus:
“It makes sense that witchcraft and the occult would rise as society becomes increasingly postmodern. The rejection of Christianity has left a void that people, as inherently spiritual beings, will seek to fill,” said author Julie Roys, formerly of Moody Radio, in comments emailed to The Christian Post Tuesday.
“Plus, Wicca has effectively repackaged witchcraft for millennial consumption. No longer is witchcraft and paganism satanic and demonic,” she said, “it’s a ‘pre-Christian tradition’ that promotes ‘free thought’ and ‘understanding of earth and nature.'”
This renewed interest in the occult is raising concerns among the Christian faithful:
“It’s tragic, and a reminder of how badly we need spiritual revival in this country, and also that ‘our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the powers of this dark world,'” [Roys] said, referencing Ephesians 6, which explains spiritual warfare.
Here’s some advice for Roys: Tell Christians to stop making excuses for child molesters. Tell them to take a moral stand against separating immigrant children from their parents. Stop treating the LGBTQ community like second-class citizens. Start supporting comprehensive sex education in schools and affordable birth control if you truly want to see abortion rates go down.
A major reason people are leaving Christianity is the blatant hypocrisy, not because another myth is more appealing.
Maybe — it’s a long shot, but maybe — people who believe in the supernatural would be less inclined to search elsewhere for spiritual fulfillment if more Christians and churches cleaned up their act.
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