I read an article from Christianity Today that I found both interesting and troubling. It seems American evangelicals are “deeply confused” about some core doctrines of the Christian faith—according to a new survey.
LifeWay Research conducted a survey on the State of Theology in the United States, Their research was based on interviews with 3,000 Americans. The survey asked what Americans “believe about God, salvation, ethics, and the Bible. Take a look at some of the information.
“Overall, US adults appear to have a superficial attachment to well-known Christian beliefs,” stated the ministry. “For example, a majority agreed that Jesus died on the cross for sin and that he rose from the dead.
“However, they rejected the Bible’s teaching on (1) the gravity of man’s sin, (2) the importance of the church’s gathering together for worship, and (3) the Holy Spirit For example:
• More than two-thirds (69%) of Americans disagree that the smallest sin deserves eternal damnation—and 58 percent strongly disagree. Ligonier finds this “alarming.”
• A majority of US adults (58%) said that worshiping alone or with one’s family is a valid replacement for regularly attending church. Only 30 percent disagree.
• A majority of US adults (59%) say that the Holy Spirit is a force, not a personal being.
In the survey, 6 in 10 Americans agree that “religious belief is a matter of personal opinion [and] not about objective truth”—and 1 in 3 evangelicals (32%) say the same.
So, what do you believe about these things? One of the things that is a certainty for Deer Flat Church is that these are some of our core beliefs. We still believe that the Bible is God’s Holy Word. We believe that it is filled with truth from front to back. We believe in the Trinity, the Virgin Birth, baptism and communion. We believe that the Bible is the perfect guidebook for the times in which we live. And, we have no intentions of changing the claims and directives of scripture.
Every week, including this Sunday, we take a look in the Book and see what God wants us to hear and know. We’ll be wrapping up our series, FROM GOOD INTENTIONS TO INTENTIONAL, and specifically “No More Foot Dragging,” when we get together this weekend. We’ll be looking at some amazing things in God’s Word. I can’t wait to see you, so Don’t Drag Your Feet.
By the way, have you been keeping the upcoming elections in your prayers? I think it’s a great thing to do! Thanks!