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Lakewood Church pastor Joel Osteen has offered that the many distractions Millennials face in life is one of the main reasons why the younger generation seems to be growing less and less religious.

Osteen said in a Fox News interview on Thursday that it was “disappointing” to read the latest State of the Bible survey from the American Bible Society which shows a decline of faith in young adults.

“I do think there are more influences today, distractions, and it’s a different day than we grew up in,” said the pastor of America’s largest church, with more than 52,000 weekly worshipers.

“There’s a lot pulling people away, and it does give us a challenge to see what we can do better.”

The survey, conducted by Barna Group, found that Millennials (ages 18-29) are more likely to view the Bible skeptically than older adults – 64 percent believe the Bible is sacred literature (compared to 79 percent of all adults), 35 percent believe the Bible contains everything a person needs to know to live a meaningful life (compared to 50 percent of all adults) and 39 percent never read the Bible (compared to 26 percent of all adults).

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