The results are in — and they are not encouraging.
Many American citizens claim to love God and believe we live in a Christian nation, but most of us would admit our actions don’t always match our words, and our culture generally reflects darkness rather than the light of Christ. People have more than one Bible in their comfortable homes, but prefer not to study God’s Word because it would interfere with how they want to live.
Many profess to be saved, and yet these same folks often say there are many ways to Heaven, the meaning of sin has changed, or Jesus is not God.
Tragically, even today’s church appears confused about exactly what the Bible teaches. But Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever, and God is not the author of confusion.
A recent survey suggests Americans generally love and respect the Bible, so this should lead us to ask a few obvious questions:
- Why don’t more of us follow its morality and teachings?
- Why isn’t there more godly influence in our society?
Just look at these seven key areas of culture: government, arts and entertainment, education, media, business, religion and the family. The Left has worked nonstop to change America in part by removing its Christian underpinnings and infiltrating these seven areas.
It’s true we love our mottoes, such as “In God We Trust” — we just don’t want to trust Him with our money. We also love to defend our public monuments, but we’d rather not obey all the Commandments.
We like the idea of being religious and appearing righteous without having to fully live out the requirements in the Bible. After all, holiness and sanctification are hard work! When convenient, we’d rather do good deeds that help us feel better about ourselves.
This brings us to the findings by Lifeway Research in a recent survey of Americans on “The State of Theology.”
Here’s one sad reality: Only about half of professing evangelical Christians think abortion and sex outside of traditional marriage are a sin. You may need to read that sentence again.
Eric Metaxas summed up some of the findings at Breakpoint:
Sixty-one percent correctly say Jesus is both human and divine, but half think that He’s also “the first and greatest being created by God,” rather than existing eternally, as Scripture and the ancient creeds of the faith teach.
More bizarre contradictions emerged: Over sixty percent of Americans say that God, Who cannot err, is the Author of the Bible. Yet fewer than half are willing to affirm that the Bible God wrote is “one hundred percent accurate in all it teaches.” Two-thirds admit everyone sins, yet also insist that most people are good by nature! Perhaps most oddly, half of Americans believe that only those who accept Jesus will be saved, yet sixty percent also say everyone will eventually make it to Heaven.
These opinions about the Bible can be confusing, and truly, that is what Christianity has become to a watching world. Let it be known, however, that even though some of these ideas describe a version of American “Christianity,” or what I call “the cult of liberalism,” but they do not line up with biblical Christianity.
What people seem to be following is humanism, moral relativism, New Age, Universalism or a religion of works, none of which can be seriously defended with Scripture. The evangelical and Protestant Church was compromised many decades ago and obviously weakened. One result is there are countless souls sitting in our churches who are not saved or don’t really believe the doctrine of the church they attend.
Welcome to the new post-Christian America.
It’s imperative Bible-believing Christians evangelize as many as possible within our churches because the numbers of the unchurched are growing rapidly. Those who oppose the God of the Bible and are often hostile toward Christianity are “evangelizing” our culture as well as our churches. Which side is making more converts?
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