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State of the Church 2005

June 12, 2005
Got this email from a good friend…
Recently, pollster George Barna released his research regarding the beliefs and conduct of today’s Christians. The results are shocking! According to Barna, only 9% of America’s born again Christians have a Biblical worldview. Only 9%!

To determine a Biblical worldview, Barna used the following 8 point criteria:
*Believing that absolute moral truths exist.
*Such truths are defined by the Bible.
*Jesus Christ lived a sinless life.
*God is the all-knowing, all-powerful Creator and still rules today.
*Salvation is a gift of God and cannot be earned.
*Christians have a responsibility to share their faith in Christ.
*Satan is real.
*The Bible is accurate in all its teachings.
As any real Christian can see, these 8 points comprise basic Biblical truth. To think that more than 90% of born again Christians would deny any one of these fundamental truths suggests that the vast majority of professing Christians today have no clue as to what being a Christian really means.
As a result, the obvious question that must be asked is, "What in the world are our pastors and church leaders teaching their congregations?" It would appear that whatever they are teaching, it isn’t the Bible!
Barna’s research gets even more disturbing. His survey reveals that only 3% of Christian parents include the salvation of their children in the list of critical parental emphasis. What?? Does this mean that 97% of America’s Christian parents really don’t think it "critical" that their own children go to heaven?
At the same time, 39% of America’s Christian parents believe it is "critical" that their children get a good education. Compare these sentiments with those of President Theodore Roosevelt who said, "A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education."
Barna’s research also revealed that only 36% of America’s Christian parents monitor or regulate the time and quality of T.V., music, and other media that their children were allowed to access. In addition, 45% of America’s Christian parents teach their children that there are NO moral absolutes. 43% teach their children that there are SOME moral absolutes.

www.Barna.org

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Slothboy permalink
    June 13, 2005 9:38 am

    My gut reaction to that study is that the place most people are hanging up is the “Salvation is a gift from God and cannot be earned.” It seems that most Christians I hang out with have the perception that they have earn salvation in one way or another.

    Also, I have met Christians who refuse to believe in Satan and demons. They are fewer, but they are out there.

  2. June 13, 2005 12:53 pm

    Just spent a good couple hours last night trying to answer questions about the faith to a new believer. What was he getting hung up on? By grace through faith.

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