State of The Bible

Steve Cleary

I have some startling news to share, and I believe it sends a clear message to the American church. The following statistics may not surprise you. I knew we were heading in the wrong direction, but I did not know to what extent!

According to the newest report released by American Bible Society, individuals who fall into the “Scripture Engaged” category have decreased by 21 percent in a single year! That means that 14.7 million Americans that used to have a consistent interaction with the Bible no longer do. More people than ever are Bible Disengaged. The segment of people who do not read the Bible or have it shape their life grew at an alarming rate, up by 38 percent (45.2 million adults) in one year.

I personally find this very alarming, and, according to this report, America has never seen such a decline—not even close. And what’s more alarming is that young people are engaging less with the Bible than any other group.

We must consider our strategy for helping people engage with Scripture, especially as we see the younger generations becoming more disengaged with the Bible.