Are People Good by Nature? 46% of “Evangelicals” Think So
Unless we understand the depth of our sin, we likely won’t recognize our need for God’s saving grace. Sadly, the results from our 2020 State of Theology survey uncovers widespread confusion among Christians in America about the reality and effects of sin. Conducted in partnership with Lifeway Research, the full results of this survey are now available.
According to our recent findings, 46 percent of professing U.S. evangelicals* agree with the following statement: “Everyone sins a little, but most people are good by nature.” This idea cannot be reconciled with the emphatic teaching of Scripture that all people are radically corrupted sinners in need of salvation (Rom. 3:23). Even the smallest sin is high treason against our Creator, leaving us hopeless of escaping His judgment apart from His mercy in Christ.
Ligonier Teaching Fellow Dr. Stephen Nichols recently spoke on the significance of this finding in the State of Theology survey.
When Christians take sin lightly, our gospel witness is jeopardized. In a rapidly changing culture, the church must remain steadfast in proclaiming the message of salvation in Jesus Christ for ruined sinners. We hope these survey results will encourage American Christians to defend the gospel boldly to the praise of God’s glorious grace.
* Evangelicals were defined by this survey as people who strongly agreed with the following four statements: 1) The Bible is the highest authority for what I believe. 2) It is very important for me personally to encourage non-Christians to trust Jesus Christ as their Savior. 3)Jesus Christ’s death on the cross is the only sacrifice that could remove the penalty of my sin. 4) Only those who trust in Jesus Christ alone as their Savior receive God’s free gift of eternal salvation.
Some disturbing but not surprising information here.
According to Barna’s categorization, evangelicals only make up about 6 percent of the U.S. population, but has assumed a unique place in national discourse.
The cohort of Christians known as evangelicals has courted controversy, no matter how you slice it—whether evangelicals only make up just 6 percent of the U.S. population (as Barna’s legacy tracking of the group suggests) or whether they comprise a larger share of the public (as other polls, which use different measures, indicate). As the U.S. enters another heated election year, a new Barna report shows Americans seem to increasingly view evangelicals through a political lens, which corresponds with mixed feelings toward this religious group.
Our research has developed a pronounced portrait of this Christian minority over the years (see the About the Research section at the end of this article for more on Barna’s definition of the group), but for this study our aim was different. We set out to understand how the general public perceives evangelicals. (You can read the full Barna Briefing The Brand of Evangelicals, including new commentary from David Kinnaman, via Barna Access.) Based on a nationwide study of U.S. adults, we found that, though many people still view evangelicals as a committed group of believers who put their faith first, their political connotation puts the future of American evangelicalism in a precarious spot.
Continued at Source: U.S. Adults See Evangelicals Through a Political Lens – Barna Group
As with all things, Christians are to take due diligence before deciding issues at face value. Is the earth getting warmer, maybe but does that mean the alarm bells and dire warnings like that of a freshman congresswoman,‘The world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change…’ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, need to be heeded immediately doubtful. As with the Bible it is helpful to get the whole counsel (view) of the matter. – Mike
Many evangelical Christians think global warming is a serious issue that demands drastic action.¹ At the Institute for Creation Research we tend to be skeptical of the claim that increasing amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) will cause Earth to overheat.² Climate change proponents say their case is built on scientific evidence. However, old-earth beliefs actually make a major contribution to climate change alarmism.
The real issue in the climate change debate is climate sensitivity.³
Continued at Source: Climate Alarmism and the Age of the Earth
APOSTLES, PROPHETS AND EVANGELISTS
And he gave some apostles, and some, prophets; and some evangelists – Ephesians 4:11
First apostles, secondly prophets – 1 Corinthians 12:28
Do the work of an evangelist – 2 Timothy 4:5
All are not apostles, yet all are ambassadors. – James Durham
The prophets were legal apostles, the apostles were evangelical prophets. – Thomas Adams
Taken from: The Puritans Day by Day © The Banner of Truth Trust 2016
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