Finally! A Study That Shows Why Non-Christians Don’t Attend Church!!!

Of course, I’ve been saying it for years, but it’s good to have scientific evidence on my side. What have I been saying? The reason non-Christians don’t attend church is because they are not Christians. They, and I’m using a reliable source here, don’t seek God and never have (see Romans 3:9-18 for a better explanation).

This study, put about by Pira, or the Pirate Christian Radio, shows that 100 percent of the verses in the Bible that describe non-believers, speaks of them in a non-favorable sense. Chris Rosebrough, who helped put the study together, says the following:

“For decades the conventional wisdom in the broader church growth and missional movements has told us that the reason why unchurched people don’t attend church is because they think church is boring and irrelevant. Although true, the conventional wisdom has not been able to satisfactorily explain why unchurched people feel that way. Our survey, of the Biblical texts, strove to dig down and uncover the real reasons why our pagan non-Christian friends and neighbors feel that way about church. What we discovered was shocking and its implications regarding the newly adopted church methodologies in seeker-driven churches will challenge the core assumptions of the entire church growth industry!”

What they found was that the Bible doesn’t support anything the church-growth gurus have been telling us for years. Wow! Imagine that. The Bible contradicts conventional wisdom born out of a business model? My jaw is metaphorically dropped!

Here is the chart:

Looks pretty conclusive to me. Non-Christians don’t like church because they don’t like God. They don’t like the Bible. They don’t like anything having to do with the faith. I think Jesus said something about this if I’m not mistaken: “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.”

This is why I’ve always thought that the Seeker-Sensitive churches were getting it wrong, along with the Emergent churches. We don’t need to reinvent the church, but let the church become what it is supposed to be: the people of God gathering together for the purpose of worshipping God. The church doesn’t come together to evangelize the lost or make the lost feel more comfortable. The church is to proclaim the truth, which is not comfortable. The church is to edify the saints, not seduce the lost, so that the saints can do the work of the ministry (Ephesians 4:11ff). The church is here for the people of God and for God’s glory, not to make non-believers feel more comfortable.

Hopefully more in the church will realize that and we will start doing what we are supposed to do instead of doing what those with MBA’s are telling us we should do. After all, God’s word about what the church is and how it is set up predates any MBA program by a good 1,900 years. You would think that God had it already figured out.


5 thoughts on “Finally! A Study That Shows Why Non-Christians Don’t Attend Church!!!

  1. Wow. What a study…..

    “shows that 100 percent of the verses in the Bible that describe non-believers, speaks of them in a non-favorable sense.” So is that why people in the churches tend to speak of non-believers in a non favorable sense? Because of Biblical example? Because I think if there were a real study most people would say that they don’t want to go to church because Christians and/or churches have not made any effort to make them feel welcome as people.

    I think that the churches who change their worship style and all that aren’t doing it right, but I do think the church needs to change. I think the people in the church need to make sure that their attitudes make people feel more comfortable in and outside the church so people can actually see Christ not some hateful or exclusive group.


    • Hi Sacredstruggler,
      Thanks for your comments. We agree on one thing: the church needs to be the church. I’m not sure where you are in your journey, or what you have experienced, but it sounds like you have had some bad experiences with the church. Yet, should we not proclaim what God Himself has proclaimed? Should we not say what the Scriptures have said concerning God, mankind, the believer and non-believer alike? You are in a good spot given that you see you don’t like what the Bible has declared about non-believers. You see that they are in eternal jeopardy. To hide these truths would be unloving and unkind. The sinner needs to know that he/she is a sinner and needs a Savior. That comes about by declared the full-counsel of God’s word, not just the portions we like.

      As for my post, it is more of a in-house argument as opposed to an out-house argument (pun intended). The church needs to get busy being the church, and then, non-believers will be ministered to by those who are doing the work of the ministry.
      Hope that helps.


      • Truth without grace is legalism. Just because it’s true doesn’t mean it can’t be misused and it has been. It has been wielded as a blunt weapon. You can speak the truth and still be wrong.


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