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Why do you attend church? Gallup
found some unexpected answers

Hot Air, by Andrew Malcolm

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Posted By:SurferLad, 4/15/2017 8:22:35 PM

I would have thought maybe music. But at this time of Passover and Easter, Gallup just did a new poll and found that the most appealing part of attending church for a large majority of Americans is something else entirely. It makes sense when you think about it. But music, in fact, is way down the list. The overwhelmingly most important reason that people attend church is for the sermon and related talks to learn more about the scriptures and how religion connects to their own life. There are interesting twists buried in the survey that could help churches and

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: bamapreacher, 4/15/2017 8:30:48 PM     (No. 11223124)

I would suspect that people who go to churches where they sing classic hymns accompanied with an organ would put music much higher. Easter isn´t Easter to me without hearing Jesus Christ is Risen Today as the processional hymn. However, too many churches have repetitive "praise music" and on Easter any number of little girls will be trying (operative word is trying)to sing Via Dolorosa with congregants saying "isn´t that precious?" while wishing it was over a lot sooner.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 4/15/2017 9:08:49 PM     (No. 11223151)

Gallup mystified why Christians attend church. Sounds about right. Obvious their assumptions weren´t met.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: texaspast, 4/15/2017 9:54:16 PM     (No. 11223183)

#1, I refer to those praise songs as ´7-11 songs´ - 7 words, repeated 11 times. Tomorrow we are starting off with ´Majesty´, then ´Christ the Lord is Risen Today´, ´Low in the Grave He Lay, ´He Lives!´ and ´Because He Lives´. Our little church has gained a number of members lately coming from other churches who decided to go the guitar/bass/drums, holey jeans, and endless repetition. We have two churches in this little town with phenomenal Aeolean Skinner organs that only get ´blown out´ on Easter, so there are a lot of folks who will go for the music tomorrow - but next week its back to the praise bands.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: doublesharp, 4/15/2017 10:36:03 PM     (No. 11223205)

I never wanted power in the church so maybe it´s my fault but my old time hymn singing Baptist Church has dropped the old songs for praise. I don´t much like it and have started going to a non-denominational Christian mega church. Rock n roll praise music, theater seats and a full house of people that seem to be a lot like me. I like it but it´s a fur piece from the 1950s rural Ky S Baptist church of my formative years.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: xcenturion, 4/15/2017 11:29:07 PM     (No. 11223229)

The donuts and coffee?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 4/16/2017 12:20:32 AM     (No. 11223264)

As usual, you can skip to the last paragraph.
I am remind of a medical practice who sent a doctor to each church service to drum up business.

Like minded people tend to stick together.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: thelmalou, 4/16/2017 3:55:49 AM     (No. 11223324)

#1, #3 - Amen.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Rinktum, 4/16/2017 5:22:06 AM     (No. 11223335)

Give me the old time religion and the music that affirms it. There is nothing like the old hymns. They are filled with doctrine and worship. Unfortunately, we have allowed our churches and music to embrace casualness which is not wrong in itself but in my opinion attempts to diminish the majesty, glory of God and reverence to God in favor of a mosh pit of emtionalism. My belief is that God deserves better. He is worthy of all honor, glory and praise in every aspect of lives but I make a special effort when I go to church. It is the least I can do.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: swarfer, 4/16/2017 11:58:28 PM     (No. 11224029)

I attend Church to Worship Our Lord as He taught us. Prayer, reverence and fellowship are natural consequences of a love of Christ.

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