In recent months I have had exposure to numerous atheists and agnostics who have deconverted from Christianity. As a rule, I have found them to be just that – de-converted from Christianity (or some form of it) rather than deconverted from Christ.
Another way of stating this is that these people have de-converted from social Christianity rather than spiritual Christianity (for the difference, which is vast, see Spiritual Christianity Versus Social Christianity). What passes for Christianity today in fundamentalist and evangelical churches really amounts to Churchianity (see The Curse of Churchianity). That is, instead of pursuing the kingdom of God – as Jesus taught we should – Christians are pursuing the kingdom of church. The two ideas are completely opposed to each other.
When today’s generation of Christian adults were children, they were taught the precepts of Churchianity – not the precepts of Jesus Christ our Lord. As a result, it is not surprising that many of them – upon leaving the nest – find social groups more to their liking. In fact, I’m surprised there aren’t more de-converts from the idolatry of church.
By contrast, Jesus Christ gives no reason to de-convert. He is faithful. He is the mighty God and humanity’s greatest friend. Oh, how I love Him so!