A surprising response to “The Great Commission”

This was shocking and should be of serious concern to everyone calling themselves Pastor, Elder, Preacher, etc. James 3:1

In today’s Barna Highlight, we’re sharing another bite-sized finding you can use to become a more informed leader.

Just because a word or phrase is common in church leadership, doesn’t mean it’s common among churchgoers.

For example, half of all U.S. churchgoers (51%) say they are unfamiliar with the term “the Great Commission.”

(Also note when you add up the unfamiliar with the unsure and can’t explain, a whopping 82% have never heard of or do not comprehend Christ’s command to ALL TRUE CHRISTIANS.)

This surprising finding comes from Translating the Great Commission, a report we created with Seed Company

Devotional Thought for Today – 03/23/2021

How we view the world, that is objectively look at and consider all that is happening around us shapes all our actions. – Mike

WORLDVIEWS

Colossians 2:8, Romans 12:2

The world to end in 30 years ?- The New Indian Express

The above picture is from an article in the New Indian Express dated 26th April 2020, with the title The world to end in 30 years? Within the opening paragraph is the only substantial evidence if one can call it that to support the headline; An Australian think-tank has predicted that human civilization as we know it will come to an end in 2050. The end is indeed nigh. The picture more than the doom and gloom of the article got me thinking about how two people can look at the same thing and see something completely different all because their worldviews are not based on the same ideals. 

Literally, of course, worldview is how a person views the world. A person’s worldview consists of the values, ideas, or the fundamental belief system that determines his attitudes, beliefs, and ultimately, actions. Typically, this includes his view of issues such as the nature of God, man, the meaning of life, nature, death, and right and wrong. – Focus on the Family 

In the “world”  we have six main Worldviews (see Ligonier Article below) predominant today apart from a Biblical or Christian Worldview. The bible however only teaches us two worldviews; God’s and man

With so much stuff out there, (much of it junk) it is SO IMPORTANT for anyone claiming to be a “Christian” and for those learning about Christianity to understand what a True Biblical Worldview is. 

I have attached some articles to help: 

 First Test Your Knowledge:

Value of a Biblical Worldview – Worldview Quiz

Then Review: 

Biblical WorldviewFrom a bible study I conducted back in 2010

“Why do so many Christians not have a consistently biblical worldview?” – GotQuestions.org 

What Is a Worldview? – Ligonier Ministries

Competing Worldviews Influence Today’s Christians – Barna Research

Is a Biblical Worldview Optional? – Answers in Genesis

How a Biblical Worldview Shapes the Way We Teach Our Children – Dr. Timothy Jones

Worldviews & World Religions (MP3 Lecture Series) – James White

How Your Theology Shapes Your Worldview – Michael Horton

The Importance Of A Biblical Worldview  – Allen Turner

Recommended Download ebook

Inerrancy and Worldview – Vern S. Poythress

 

LGBT Identification Rises to 5.6% in Latest U.S. Estimate

Where are the youth of today getting the indoctrination (no other word for it) for the rising numbers seen in the poll?  Schools, beginning at the Elementary level have corrupted their minds. But it's okay it is not your job Parent(s) to raise them!

Analytics & Advice About Everything That Matters

LGBT Identification Rises to 5.6% in Latest U.S. Estimate

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Estimate has risen more than one percentage point from 2017 update
  • Majority of LGBT Americans say they are bisexual
  • One in six adults in Generation Z consider themselves LGBT

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Barna Update: Most Black Adults Say Religion & the Black Experience Go Hand in Hand

When Black History Month is observed each year, faith is a thread throughout many of the stories and celebrations of the Black community in the U.S. In fact, according to Black Americans, it’s an essential part of the narrative. 

In this February release for Barna’s ongoing 2021 series exploring new data about the Black Church, we’ll look at how Black Americans perceive Black churches—as well as their pastors—and their own personal engagement in congregations…

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Over 4 in 10 American Christians say Bible is ‘ambiguous’ on abortion

Many “Christians” claim there is little need for seminaries and proper studying of the Word of God. This is the result of such foolishness; a generation that has no clue what that Word really says.  – Mike

A pro-abortion activist yells at pro-life supporters (not pictured) in front of the Supreme Court during the National March for Life rally in Washington January 22, 2016. The rally marks the 43rd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 abortion ruling in Roe v. Wade. | Reuters/Gary Cameron

Over four in 10 American Christians believe the Bible is “ambiguous” on abortion, according to the Cultural Research Center of Arizona Christian University.

The findings, released Tuesday, are part of the CRC’s American Worldview Inventory 2020 survey.

Conducted by CRC Director of Research George Barna, a noted evangelical pollster, the report found that 44% of respondents said they believe the Bible “is ambiguous in its teaching about abortion,” while 34% said “abortion is morally acceptable if it spares the mother from financial or emotional discomfort or hardship.”

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The future of Missions

The Future of Missions
A new report coming soon!

Next week, we’ll be releasing a new report called The Future of Missions, which looks closely at how younger generations view international mission work.

Today, we want to share three big findings with you for free.

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Over and above evangelism and discipleship, nearly half of churchgoing young adults—say they want missionaries “to save lives.”

Christians under 35 are almost twice as likely as older believers to judge that missionaries should never use donations as their source of income.

The blending of business and social good has become common, and even expected, especially among younger generations. Millennial Christians show significant enthusiasm for nontraditional missionary roles like entrepreneurs, artists, and business leaders.

And stay tuned next week for the full report, which includes:

•What young people value about missions and what they want to change
•10 ministry questions the Church must answer with the next generation
•Profiles of current missionaries in various parts of the world
•Perspectives from people connected to missions in different ways (parents, sending organizations, former missionaries)
•And much more!
 
Until then!

—Barna Group

Barna Update: 87 Percent of Practicing Christians See the U.S. as a Leader to the World

While the Fourth of July offers a time for the U.S. to celebrate the Declaration of Independence, it also provides space for us to look back on our country’s history—the good and the bad—to sharpen the lens with which we envision its future. Recent Barna data might deepen this crucial reflection during a season of disruption and change in the nation.

The infographic featured in today’s release zooms out to offer a broader glimpse at how practicing Christians, as compared to all U.S. adults, view our nation’s identity, history and standing.

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Examining the “10 needs we must understand and live after choosing to serve the Lord” Part 4

Joshua 24:15 - ESV - Bible verse of the day - DailyVerses.net

One of my posts on 28 April, was entitled COVID-19 Is a Slow-Motion 9/11 in it Pastor Sam Rohrer of the American Pastors Network set forth 10 definitive needs every “Christian” must understand and live by after choosing to serve the Lord. I thought I would look at each one individually over the next two weeks.


Before I went to Chattanooga; we looked at the ‘Church’ is disobedient, lethargic and asleep. Today in Part 4 we will examine: 

Be aware that 70% of the pulpits in America are occupied by ‘hirelings.’ (Hirelings refuse to warn of spiritual danger and the wolves John 10:12-13)

John 10:12-13 (AMP)

Juan 10:12-13 (RVR1960)


CONTEXT: 

According to W. E. Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words, a hireling, as used in John 10: 12-13, “expresses, not only one who has no real interest in his duty, but one who is unfaithful in the discharge of it; that sense attaches always to the word rendered ‘hireling’.”

Where is the troubling information coming from – First I am not sure where the 70% figure comes from. I can make a reasonable assumption that with many so called mainstream churches moving pastors on a regular (2-3 year) schedule and between Barna and Lifeway estimates of 250-1700 pastors leave, transfer or switch ministries monthly; the percentage does not seem outrages.

What are the consequences for “believers?”

First we must establish what is the Elders/Pastors role as it pertains to our text:

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Note that v.14-15 Jesus goes on to say that He is that Good Shepherd that knows His sheep and they know Him (have an intimate relationship) and He is willing to sacrifice His life for them.

Elders/Pastors that fail in preaching the unfeigned Gospel reap dire consequences. Brother Guy N. Woods has this comment in his Commentary on the Gospel of John, page 211:

Individual and organizations abound which prey on people in the name of religion whose sole purpose is the personal profit they derive.  And, the church today is not without those who feel no obligation to defend the truth against false teachers and godless philosophies and who flee at the first approach of such in their congregations  because they love the “peace’ and tranquility they enjoy, being in perfect harmony with denominational bodies round about.  All who thus do, whether elders, preachers, prominent members or obscure ones, are hirelings in the sense our Lord used the word in this allegory.

We have all seen them, folks I call floaters, because they float from one church to another usually they are selling something, or want to be something and are looking for the right church to prey upon.

Today that lack of shepherding oversight is most evident (and most troubling) by the Biblical Worldview so called “Christians” have. The following is from an APN article:

With over 70% of all Americans claiming they are Christians..The most incredible changes relate to how Americans view the Bible. These insights come from the first annual nationwide worldview survey conducted by the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University, titled the “American Worldview Inventory 2020.”

“A biblical worldview, by definition, is based upon belief in and application of the truths, principles and exhortations contained within the Bible,” Barna said. “However, the results of the American Worldview Inventory point out that the changes in perceptions and acceptance of the Bible have facilitated the continuing decrease in the incidence of a biblical worldview in America.”

Barna noted that research suggests that more than eight out of every 10 Americans own at least one Bible. As many as four in 10 adults claim to have read the entire Bible. Two out of every 10 adults say they read the Bible on a daily basis.

“Clearly, the Bible is a book with a broad presence and substantial influence in the U.S.,” Barna said. “As would be expected, the AWVI survey revealed that peoples’ beliefs about the Bible are directly correlated with whether they develop a biblical worldview.”

For instance:

* 41% believe the Bible is the word of God and contains no factual or historical errors; 14% of those have a biblical worldview. While that percentage is low, it is more than double the national average.

* Among the 13% of adults who believe the Bible is the inspired word of God but contains some factual or historical errors, only 2% possess a biblical worldview.

* 23% possess a positive view of the Bible but do not believe it is the literal or inspired word of God, or that it is completely accurate. (They see it as a “holy book” of religious teachings or as a valuable guidebook for societal development.) Less than 1% of these people develop a biblical worldview.

* 13% are indifferent to or dismissive of the Bible, citing it as merely a descriptive narrative of how its authors viewed the ways and principles of God, or as an unrealistic book of fables and myths. Not quite 1% of the people in this category hold a biblical worldview.

* The remaining 9% of the general public do not know how to describe the nature or value of the Bible. About 1% of that segment has a biblical worldview.

“Describing these data differently, only half of the nation’s adult population (54%) believes that the Bible is the word of God,” Barna said. “Even fewer—just four out of 10 (41%)—believe that the Bible is totally true in all of its empirical and historical statements. Stunningly, when comparing the current data with that from 2000, there has been a 21 percentage point decline in the proportion of adults who believe the Bible is the word of God (from 75% to 54%) and a 17-point drop in the number who believe the Bible is without error (from 58% to 41%).”

Those last sentences I highlighted are more than adequate proof, that there has been a dramatic decline in the pure Gospel message being preached and defended from pulpits by men dedicated to the ministry, called by God for said purpose.

I pray that we will all pray for a revitalization of Pulpits across America.


Hirelings In The Pulpits Of American Churches Are Teaching Sheep To Submit To Wolves


The List
  1. Develop a healthy fear of God. (Have no other god before Me—Exodus 20:1-6; Obey God, serve Him and fear Him—Deuteronomy 13:4; Rehearse history and teach of God’s power so your children learn to fear God—Deuteronomy 31:13; It is whole duty of mankind—Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)
  2. Re-embrace the biblical authority of Scripture. (All Scripture is profitable for life and living—2 Timothy 3:16: Living it establishes a person’s path—Psalm 119:11)
  3. Know that the ‘Church’ is disobedient, lethargic and asleep. (Christ’s warnings to the seven churches and to Laodicea—Revelation 2-3; Revelation 3:14-22)
  4. Be aware that 70% of the pulpits in America are occupied by ‘hirelings.’ (Hirelings refuse to warn of spiritual danger and the wolvesJohn 10:12-13)
  5. Be bold to identify and call out the false prophets in the wolves among us. (Christ warned of the false prophets and wolves—Matthew 7:15, Matthew 10:16, Matthew 24:24; Jesus warned of mass deception in the last days—Matthew 24:4-5)
  6. Understand that national blessing or national judgment hinges on the actions of the remnant. (“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”—2 Chronicles 7:14)
  7. Accept the reality that persecution is coming and is normal for the believer and those still standing for truth. (All who live according to God commands will suffer persecution—2 Timothy 3:12; the enemies of truth will persecute you—Luke 21:12; John 15:20)
  8. Discover that the preparation for prayer and meeting God’s requirements for prayer is far more important than the act of praying. (God demands a broken spirit and obedience before sacrifice—Psalm 51:16-17; God demands we pray His way: No unconfessed sin—Psalm 66:18)
  9. Realize that the continuance of freedom is a result of God’s blessing, which hinges on obedience and conformity to God’s commands. (Don’t forget that all blessings came from God and if you forget and become ungrateful, God will replace blessings with bondage—Deuteronomy 8:1-20, 1:19-20; 30:1-20)
  10. Understand that the choice for president or other elected leaders, while critically important, is secondary to repentance toward God and the choice for God. (Obey, and I’ll make even your enemies to be at peace with you—Proverbs 16:7)

The True U.S. Deficit

In case someone wonders a biblical worldview – is your personal view of the world  that is shaped by the Bible and focused on Jesus. God (first always His Word, His terms, His Path never my own),  Love (God and Others these are the two great commandments) and Christ (alone is Lord in charge of all things in my life and acknowledge savior of my soul). 

Americans with a Biblical Worldview

 

LINK TO AUDIO THE INTERVIEW

 

Well-known social science researcher George Barna introduced brand-new research about Americans’ worldview on the American Pastors Network’s (APN, www.americanpastorsnetwork.net) popular, live, daily radio program “Stand in the Gap Today” last week.

APN President and “Stand in the Gap Today” host Sam Rohrer said the program was aptly named The True Deficit: Americans with a Biblical Worldview.

“In recent days, many more than before have become deeply concerned about the country’s national debt, as the government is set to spend $2 trillion to provide needed aid to Americans affected by the coronavirus pandemic,” Rohrer said. “Yet I would suggest that before budget deficits, before deep political infightings and before the moral crumblings of our culture, there is first a deficit in our relationship with God—a deficit of spiritual understanding and a deficit of how to view life and living from God’s perspective. This is the root of our national and cultural problems, the root of our pandering politicians and salivating citizens who only wish for more and bigger government, the root of our complacent churches and passive pulpits.”

Throughout the program, Rohrer and Barna discussed the key findings of “The American Worldview Inventory,” which Barna led in his role at the Cultural Research Center (CRC) at Arizona Christian University (ACU). The research is the first wave of what will be an annual survey. The assessment is based on 51 worldview questions, examining both beliefs and behavior, which were provided to a nationally representative sample of 2,000 adults.

Barna has called the research the “most sophisticated nationwide survey of worldview conducted in the United States.” Results include the following:

  • Although 7 out of 10 Americans consider themselves to be Christian, just 6% actually possess a biblical worldview.
  • Just one-fifth of those attending evangelical Protestant churches (21%) have a biblical worldview, as compared to one-sixth of those attending charismatic or Pentecostal churches (16%). The study finds even smaller proportions in mainline Protestant (8%) or Catholic (1%) churches.
  • The number of American adults holding a biblical worldview has declined by 50% over the past quarter century.
  • Regarding the youngest adult generation, the numbers are even more startling. A mere 2% of those 18 to 29 years old possess a biblical worldview.

 

“The fact that fewer than one out of five born-again adults hold a biblical worldview highlights the extensive decline of core Christian principles in America,” Barna said.

Among the differentiating factors between the new study and previous research, he noted, is the more robust measurement of action.

“In the American Worldview Inventory, we measure not just beliefs, but also the application of those beliefs—our behavior—because people do what they believe,” Barna added. “If you truly believe something, you integrate into how you live, and your lifestyle reflects those beliefs. As a result, our research always balances examining both what we believe to be true with how we translate such beliefs into action.”

Going forward, Barna will be a regular monthly guest on “Stand in the Gap Today.” He has filled executive roles in politics, marketing, advertising, media development, research and ministry. He founded the Barna Research Group in 1984 (now The Barna Group) and helped it become a leading marketing research firm focused on the intersection of faith and culture before selling it in 2009. He has written more than 50 books and his work is frequently cited as an authoritative source by the media.


 

How Do Americans Feel About the Church Experience?

The “Church Experience” is the core issue here for me. We go to church because we are commanded to have fellowship with like minded believers  Heb 10:25. You can note be part of the Universal (greater or world wide church of God without being part of a smaller church of God; every New Testament letter is written to a church believers. Secondly We go to church to Worship God not for ourselves in any manner, it is always about him. We only “get out of it’ what God, interjects in to us that day. Thirdly it is about preaching and teaching the Word of God. Sola Scriptura, Scripture Alone is what we need to be listening to, not the latest trend in how to improve our lives. If you really what to EXPERIENCE CHURCH get back to basics and find a bible believing, bible preaching, no nonsense church and let God get all the Glory.

How Do Americans Feel About the Church Experience?

Going to church on Sunday morning with family has been part of the American culture for generations. But Sunday morning traditions are changing, along with attitudes and habits, as well as wants and needs, regarding church attendance.

For these reasons, the American Pastors Network (APN) is particularly interested in new Barna Research on Five Trends Defining Americans’ Relationship to Churches.” Some of the trends include “church hopping,” differing opinions on the value of church, expectations about the outcomes of going to church, the importance of church on younger generations and the perception of the Church’s relevance to the community.

APN President Sam Rohrer says the drastic changes in people’s connections to their churches dramatically impact pastors.

“Nearly every pastor in America will likely report that the nation’s ‘church culture’ has shifted significantly over the past 20 years,” Rohrer said. “No longer is a deep, family connection to a local church the norm. In a society where we experience on-demand technology and up-to-the-minute communication, the wants and needs of churchgoers have changed as well. This affects pastors, not only in how they lead and preach, but in how they work to engage people to spread the message of the Gospel.

“Because of these cultural shifts,” he added, “pastors experience challenges that are new and foreign to many of them. It can be a constant struggle to ‘figure out’ what people want when they attend church. What moves them to action and what causes them to stay and be engaged?”

For decades, Barna has conducted research specifically on churches and church leaders, uncovering what they and others believe about their role in the church, as well as shedding light on their concerns and aspirations for both the local church. The most recent study on trends is part of Barna’s State of the Church 2020 project, a year-long examination of the spiritual and religious trends that define American life.

The five uncovered trends include the following:

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