Pew Survey: 6% of Churches are Still Shuttered, Only 49% Have No Restrictions

A new poll from the Pew Research Center shows that things on the church scene are starting to get back to normal, with 64% of Christians who say they would typically attend service a few times a month are now attending in person.

The survey also shows that white evangelicals are the group most likely to have in-person services, particularly without restrictions, with mainline black churches the ones least likely to have in-person services, and most likely to have Covid-19 restrictions. Among other stats:

  • 39% of Democrats say that the church has done “more harm than good” as it perratins to their response to the pandemic
  • 4% of evangelical Protestants say their pastros have dicouraged vaccinations
  • 59% continue to say that their house of worship is open for services, but with precautions in place to protect against Covid-19
  • 6% say their congregation is closed entirely for in-person services

Of course, the 6% of churches that are still closed for in-person services also reflects the number of people in those congregations who are likely saved, given that the disobedience to not be gathering 19 months later could only be tolerated by mainline denominations, who have a high threshold for blaspheming and disobeying the Lord. Pew notes:

“Congregants who identify with the evangelical Protestant tradition are far more likely than other Christians to say that their churches are open without any coronavirus-related restrictions. Roughly half of evangelical Protestants (49%) say this is the case, compared with 20% of mainline Protestants, 14% of congregants in the historically Black Protestant tradition and 19% of Catholics.

White religious attenders are more likely than Black and Hispanic congregants to say their houses of worship are back to normal operations (38% vs. 16% and 20%, respectively). Republicans and those who lean toward the Republican Party also are much more likely than Democrats and Democratic leaners to report that their congregations are open without restrictions (43% vs. 16%). Still, no more than about one-in-ten in any of these groups say that their house of worship remains closed entirely to in-person services.”



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