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Decline Of Christian Morals

In the USA, and probably other countries as well, there has been a steady "deline" in the morality of the population. For example, marriage rates and the rising divorce rates over the past 50 years. What are the reasons for this "decline" in morality?

Moderator - The Bible is rarely taught in church. It's mostly storytelling and feel good sermons.

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"It is totally unrealistic to expect the children of Satan to behave in any moral way."
What was John's call? Luke 1:17: "And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord." He even expected a change in the Scribes and Pharisees, Matthew 3:5-10!

"You are so right, Trish. Without Jesus, a person has no choice but to sin...it's "natural" to the unsaved."
1 Corinthians 10:1-4. Christ did not happen 2k years ago, he has always been, therefore the call was none other than "Repent".
---Nana on 6/20/09


You are so right, Trish. Without Jesus, a person has no choice but to sin...it's "natural" to the unsaved.

But just as the church has changed over the past 50 years, so the unsaved have changed in the last 50 yrs as well. Their sin is pretty much the same, not a whole lot worse, but the attitude is different.

Fifty years ago, if you talked to an unsaved person about sin, they would try to somehow excuse or justify theirs. Today if you talk to an unsaved person about sin, they are likely to say, "I don't believe there IS such a thing as sin".
---Donna66 on 6/19/09


Question: Who is supposed to be holy? God's children, right? So, why do Christians get upset when unsaved people, the world, Americans, want to live an unholy life? We are responsible for OUR personal behavior before the Lord. We are not responsible for what the unsaved do in their sinfulness. We are responsible for loving our neighbor and sharing the Gospel. What the world, the unsaved, do with the Gospel is not our responsibility.

Again, does it really make sense to expect the unsaved person to live a holy life?
---Trish9863 on 6/19/09


Anne thank you. Sometimes answers are right under our noses and we don't even see them. I agree with you we need strong preachers but I would also include women. I grew up going to churches women founded and I declare I saw more people going to the altar and repenting than I have seen changed lives under the men. God Bless
---Darlene_1 on 6/19/09


Well, when Focus on the Family asks Ministers who are Guests, to pray on National Prayer Day, NOT to Pray in Jesus name, because someone might get offended, and these LEADERS we hold in such HIGH esteem agree NOT TO PRAY using Jesus Name....

What Time is it?
---kathr4453 on 6/19/09
Why should this be a suprise? If we ask a Freemasonist government to endorse our prayers, we need to be willing to accept a Freemasonist prayer. That is exactly why I don't get all excited about the national day of prayer or any other form of government endorsement of religion.
---obewan on 6/19/09




Well, when Focus on the Family asks Ministers who are Guests, to pray on National Prayer Day, NOT to Pray in Jesus name, because someone might get offended, and these LEADERS we hold in such HIGH esteem agree NOT TO PRAY using Jesus Name....

What Time is it?
---kathr4453 on 6/19/09


Donna66, you are so correct. Traditional marriage will one day be as controversial as same-sex marriage is today and we really are slouching toward Gomorrah. It goes on and on.
Churches like any other organization are 20/80%, where 20% is dedicated to holiness, tithing, volunteering and evangelism. The mass 80% is good to go with 90-minutes every week and a get out of jail free card. A kind of Joel Osteen just believe, please.

Donna, when president Bush can tell David Brody of CBN that he doesn't take the bible literally what time is it?

I'm not sure Obama could have been a tongue-talking bible thumping believer and have gotten elected anyway. The world rejects truth.
---larry on 6/19/09


the church is becoming worldly while the world is becoming churchy
no more clear cut distinction between the two
every one wants to save his neck and will tell us what our itching hears will rather hear... a sure sign of the end times

lets just make sure we do not join in the compromise while we pray for others

this trend will continue and even get worse
but my prayer for you at christianet is that God will keep us morally pure...without spot or winkle...always ready for His appearing
Amen and Amen
---patience on 6/19/09


People are no more evil now than they ever were. They are just the same in every era. People are just people.
---eric1968 on 6/18/09


I agree with Moderator. The Bible is not considered as important as it once was. Even Christians don't seem to study it as they once did. Our whole society is becoming more secularized.

Secular society wants to do away with Biblical morality in favor of "tolerance" and "situation ethics".
Our government schools teach this early, whereas, a generation or more ago Biblical morality was the accepted standard...even by unbelievers! Children from Christian homes today are faced with an unreconcilable conflict between
traditioal values and "new thought". Since many churches, and families too, have adopted a measure of secular values, young people find little support if they choose Christian morality.
---Donna66 on 6/18/09




Just wanted to comment about how the society around the early church was surrounded by the same immorality,views of marriage,and alternate lifestyles.Paul had to admonish those in the church to flee sexual immorality,live in the world but not be of the world-be transformed and live by God's standard not man's.Marriage is a sacred union - its a contract before God- Jesus used the relationship of marriage as an example of the relationship He has with the church-When we model our marriages on that relationship there will always be success.What is happening in the world should not deter us from our calling to live seperate and holy lives.
---diana09 on 6/18/09


EXCELLENT comments on this blog!

ONLY God has never failed us. I find so many people who put their trust in their pastor. And I've heard many pastors says that THEY are your covering! NO pastor is my covering. Jesus is my covering.

The church should be an example for the world to follow, but unfortunately, it isn't. ONE reason I was an atheist for so many years was seeing so many so-called Christians on drugs, stealing, being dishonest, and physically abusing their spouse. I thought how could there be a God in their life.
---Gary on 6/17/09


Darlene 1~ Wow, very true thoughts.

Gary, I thought what you said was very insightful as well.
---Anne on 6/17/09


Moderator~ Yes, you said it EXACTLY right as far as I'm concerned. I too believe the Bible is so rarely taught in most churches, and yes instead they are filling people up with story telling and feel good sermons.

We need to get good strong preachers back in there like John Wesley who taught the Bible boldly and accurately. I believe he was a man with a very kind heart as well. Every so often God raises up a 'Jonah' or a 'Paul' or a 'Wesley' to awaken us and revive us back to God. I hope we all pray for that in these darker days.
---Anne on 6/17/09


It is not just a decline in church teaching. Many people do not even go to church.

I attribute it more to a decline in morals in the secular media. There is a definite undercurrent or secular-humanist agenda that is often even anti-God.

Our entertainment industry is especially bad. The excuse given is that the media just "mirrors" reality, but my opinion is that if the media is around long enough, it can BECOME the reality.

Just look at the out of wedlock teen celebs who get pregnant - they are usually followed by groups of high school copycats!
---obewan on 6/17/09


Gary, you are right about everyone who has failed. But you have to expect that since men fail all the time. When I saw the riots in L.A. I was shocked and when I told my pastor about it he said, "What do you expect from the world without God?" that it shouldn't shock us. All through history people have fail us, but we have also fail many times. That is why it is so wonderful the things about God, because He never fails. He is always true. His promises can be counted on.
I also have never heard Christians speak as they speak here. I have been to many conferences and many Christian gatherings and never heard what is said here. I am sure many of them hide the other side of them when they are in public.
---MarkV. on 6/17/09


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We will see much sin and ungodliness in this world as the end draws near. Some christians will fall away and give up. They will be lost. God clearly tells us they who endure to the end will be saved. There will be wars and rumors of wars. We can read this throughout the New Testament.You can also read the book of Revelation. Scary but true. We cannot be fooled by what we see with our natural eyes. We as Christians must remain faithful and close to the Lord. Walk by faith and not by sight. Hold out to the end. And we will receive our crown of righteousness.
---Robyn on 6/16/09


I've known many atheists who had much higher morals than some so-called Christians I know. Our education system has failed the people. Our government has failed the people. And our churches have failed the people. I've known pastors whose morals are much lower than mine were when I was an atheist. And ANY pastor who collects the tithe from members of their congregation is sinning against God. ONLY Levites were given the right to the tithes, NOT the Christian Church. I have found the teaching in most churches I have attended to be false teaching. I believe NOTHING that comes from the pulpit until I check it out for myself.
---Gary on 6/16/09


What do you expect of people who do not possess the Holy Spirit? It is totally unrealistic to expect the children of Satan to behave in any moral way. Until a person is BORN AGAIN, they are incapable of behaving according to God's will. Sure, lots of unsaved people can act nice, but reality is, why should they care in the first place?

As for unbelievers not behaving morally, Spiritual growth requires prayer, concerted prayer for the believers who struggle.
---Trish9863 on 6/16/09


its very hard to find people with even just good morals today.and most people don't care what you have to say to them.they jut keep on the way they are.the world is getting very hard,i have even heard a so called peachers wife take the Lords name in vain.
---robin_durfey on 6/16/09


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I wonder if people were really being moral because it was right (leaving aside the issue of faith), or simply conforming to societal norms and taboos.
---Cluny on 6/16/09


Because God warned us of these things.

2 Timothy 3

1This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God,


WHY, because Satan KNOWS his time is short, and is working overtime!
---kathr4453 on 6/16/09

AMEN AMEN!!!
This is exactly what was on my mind and heart too, kath.
---miche3754 on 6/16/09


The biggest reason is the breakdown of the family. In the USA, the majority of marriages fail, hurting everyone. The cycle repeats itself when children from these broken homes find themselves in marital problems and see divorce as the easy way out.

Young people these days don't seem to get much training or discipline from their parents. Many see their music as their source of values. I think that Christian Rock & Roll is Satanic. I've seem many young people adore those musicians like gods. Not good.

Finally, many folks seem to think that they can be their OWN god. Hmmm. God is the good shepard. We are his people. The sheep. As the Bible explains.


---Augie on 6/16/09


I've wondered if OSAS Theology,the RC confession to a Priest,plus the view we can't live without sinning have contributed to the decline in behavior. Luke 12:48 But he that knew not,and did commit things worthy of stripes,shall be beaten with few stripes. For to whomsoever much is given,of him shall be much required:and to whom men have commited much,of him they will ask the more. Even in secular situations leaders and teachers are expected to know more,do more,and be more than other people. How much more do people expect Christians to set a standard which reflects Christ and his beliefs of Christianity. Immorality has increased because Chistians have lowered moral standards,and no longer hold forth Christs Holiness roadmap to living.
---Darlene_1 on 6/16/09


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Materialism. Materials and money mean more to people than other people do.
---amand6348 on 6/16/09


Because God warned us of these things.

2 Timothy 3

1This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God,


WHY, because Satan KNOWS his time is short, and is working overtime!
---kathr4453 on 6/16/09


"What are the reasons for this "decline" in morality?" Fulfillment of prophesy.
"...In the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy. Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good. Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof:... For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts." 2Ti 3:1-7
Love has grown cold(er) and selfishness has and continues to abound.
---joseph on 6/16/09


Simple, the mass consciousness has reassessed it's values for everything God has created: and that inordinately apart from the faith, thereby exponentially strengthening Satan's influence and power in our culture.

To put it simply, the world is "out of order." It's when we as individuals make the choice to stand in the gap for God that we can make a difference. Moment by moment, hour by hour the choices stand before us as active deliberate choices to respond spiritually or choices we don't make that we make anyway by living in slavery to temptations and mistakes by default.

Power is deliberately setting value according to God's word by his Spirit everything else has a "wage" the hireling recieves
---Peter on 6/15/09


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In the UK we have a similar decline in moral standards.

But, Mod, it is not because the Bible is not taught in church.

It is probably because most of our population do not go to church.

I think one aspect is that fifty years ago, most married women stayed at home. There were far fewer women in the workplace, so fewer temptations for men, and the women did not get so mauch chance to be tempted by another man.

Sadly, even Christians fall prey to this modern development.
---alan8566_of_uk on 6/15/09


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