Leslie Loftus asks a very important question: 'How Strong Are American Christians?' Her prognosis isn't good:
The coming days will show us that the Body of Christ in the United States isn’t as large as the guide books tell us. And it might not be as strong as assumed, either.This is something I've written about before: if you analyze that 78% (or whatever it is now) of Americans professing to be Christian, you discover that many of them are members of either progressive liberal denominations which are blatant about their disposal of Scripture and embrace of worldly fads and fashions, or members of the Prosperity Gospel mega-church clan (as the author of the article points out). How many preachers, teachers, or pastors of those churches have spoken out against the blatant lies regarding religious freedom acts enacted by the states? If there are any, I'm betting their numbers can be counted on one hand. Instead, most (if not all) of them are on the other side of the argument, joining in the lies and denouncing Scripture-adherent Christians of bigotry and hate.
What's most telling in this situation is that the Bible clearly states that those who adhere to Scripture will be subjected to trials, tribulations, and persecutions; that's how you can tell who is a true Christian and who is a nominal Christian (Christian in name only).
And by suffering these trials, what do true Christians have to look forward to?Trials purify believers and, by doing so, purify the church itself. Those who persevere through those trials will receive the crown of life (James 1:12); those who give up, who take the easy path, who embrace the world to avoid trials and persecutions, well, they're likely to be very surprised when Christ comes back.
In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:6-7 ESV, emphasis mine)