Mississippi named Most Religious State
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - According to a 24/7 Wall Street Survey, Mississippi has been named the most religious state.
The survey says, based on 2014 Pew data, 75% of Mississippians believe in God with 75% claiming to pray daily.
"I've been all over the country and it's just not that way," Greeter at First Baptist Church in Jackson, Mark McConnell said. "If you look for a church it's hard to find one, but in the south there's one on every corner. It's a wonderful legacy for the South."
McConnell says while First Baptist has an extensive list of members, they still get anywhere between 10 to 15 new visitors a week.
Members tell us it's the sense of family and the sharing of Christ that brings them back every week.
"It's like a big sports team we are all on," Wesley Filgo, a member, said. "If one person on the team knows Jesus, then they can help bring the others to know Christ."
24/7 Wall Steet shares while a super majority of Mississippians believe in God, there is a growing number of those who consider themselves to be "non religious."
"I think it's a generational thing," McConnell said. "When I was growing up, we just came to church and it was something that we did."
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