George Barna, the respected Christian pollster, just released his latest survey on Biblical Worldview's among Christians and it is a humdinger!
The annual and wideranging survey revealed that only 9% of American Adults....that is NINE PERCENT of a country where most people still say they are "christians", believe the Bible is inerrant and true and live according to its precepts!
Even worse, here is what Barna says about Pastors!! When you read this quote, you will see why people in the pews have no clue what God says, means and means to say! In 2009, only 51% of American Pastors - you heard right - ONLY HALF OF US PREACHERS - have a Biblical worldview! Barna says that a Biblical worldview (and I agree with him) means: "it includes a belief in absolute moral truth as defined by scripture, as well as acceptance of six core biblical beliefs: the accuracy of biblical teaching, the sinless nature of Jesus, the literal existence of Satan, the omnipotence and omniscience of God, salvation by grace alone, and the personal responsibility to evangelize 1".
The breakdown goes like this according to Barna "Southern Baptists scored the highest with 71% while United Methodists finished at the bottom with just 27%. In between were 57% of pastors of Baptist churches (other than Southern Baptist), 51% of pastors of non-denominational Protestant churches, 44% of pastors of charismatic or Pentecostal churches, 35% of pastors of black churches, and 28% of pastors of leading mainline denominations 2"
Who's to blame? - Churches, Seminaries, parents and Christian media! Christian Media??!! YES!! The purpose driven movement, broke up more churches and caused people to turn away from God, due to it being a man-made plan promoted by slick marketing techniques. One year ago, Bill Hybels, (who started the seeker-sensitive movement with Rick Warren) admitted that his philosophy had failed miserably to make disciples! Good for him....but what about the over 12,000 churches in 45 countries who follow this unbiblical and led countless thousands astray. How do you put this toothpaste back into the tube?!
The greatest fault lies deep within the soul of man, who has been a rebel since the Fall in the Garden. Mortal man has been trying to play God since that time and from the Aaron's sons - Nadab and Abihu - to the false prophets in the Book of Jeremiah - to the Gnostics - to the "angels" who gave the "revelation" to Joseph Smith - to the many mistranslations (Jehovah Witness and Message bibles) - they have all attempted to devalue the True, Holy Spirit Inspired Word of God!
I have an opportunity to visit many churches over the years in various states and things are getting worse. Preachers, following the example of their TV counterparts, don't use Bibles any more, and preach self-improvement Tony Robbins-like "messages" that bear no resemblance to God's Word! No wonder pewsitters are confused!
Here is what God's Word instructs parents, even if the church has gone apostate and is cooked like the frog in the boiling water: Deuteronomy 6: 6-7 (NASB) ~~"These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up" There are many other verses to back this up throughout His Word. Psalm 119 is a tome of Love to our Savior about His Word.
For the sake of brevity, we won't look at them all, but just thank God for His Holy and Precious Word. If you wish to know how fortunate we are to be given It, read all of the book of Romans. We were given the Oracles of God. Woe to all those pagans, secularists, rulers of the Earth and the modern Church who deny its Truth.
To the 9% of us who have the True Biblical worldview of Life, let's keep our noses to the grindstone and plow ahead even harder. This way, we can each one, reach one (or more) for Christ before they have to answer to Him! In Jesus' Name, Amen
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