Here in Brazil, the evangelical churches grew rapidly from the 1950s to the 1990s. The trend towards secularism is noticeable here, and a key reason why 58% of the population considers itself Catholic (down from over 90% in 1950), although the Protestant population appears to have plateaued over the past 15 years.
.....Until they decide to get marry and have a family. Then things change.
See my post #18.
You hit the nail on the head. This isn’t the 1600s where it’s Catholics vs. Protestants. It’s now religous vs. atheism. And our side is losing. Everyone needs to set aside the petty bickering about doctrine and start figuring out how to reverse our losses. They are getting bigger.
I think you’re hitting it on the head. They leave their church roots because they are not believers - just sprinkled and stamped (this goes for Protestants, too). They wander knowing they are lacking something. They return to something ‘spiritual’ but different from what they grew up in. In effect, one lifeboat picks up survivors from another lifeboat and so on. Protestantism is rife with church-hopping people leaving one church or denomination to find another that tickles their ears or gives them happy vibes.
Personally, I believe when we finally apprehend to robe of Christ and hear his voice, we follow him and religion falls by the way. In effect, we seek to share they overflow of life within rather than be filled by our churches. Religion versus relationship.