It is shocking what the American evangelical Christians truly believe about God, salvation, ethics, and the Bible, as Ligonier Ministries and LifeWay Research partnered to find out that believers of that side of the Atlantic needed to do more Bible study.
The survey took into account of about 3,000 individuals who describe themselves as evangelicals. The questions asked were set to comprehend how much the respondents knew about the Bible. It was found that many of the respondents are “deeply confused” about their beliefs.
The report revealed that most evangelicals hold a three sets of belief: The first is that the majority of the people are fundamentally good. The second is God gladly accepts the worship even if the worshipper is from a different religion and the last is that Jesus Christ was the greatest and the first created by God, the father of Christ. The problem is that these beliefs are at odds with the Christian faith.
Although, 55% of the respondents strongly agree that God is a perfect being and cannot make mistakes, it is shocking to discover that about 12% of American evangelicals strongly disagree with this.
It is sad to note that majority of evangelicals in the country believe that God will reward you with material blessings in this life if you are truly faithful.
The Bible teaches that every human have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God and no person is good by nature, thus necessitating the need for repentance, salvation and the existence of the gospel. It also says the only way towards salvation is through the gospel and God is not impressed if the worshipper belongs to a different faith. It is exclusively through Jesus Christ along with His Spirit we could worship God in spirit and truth.
The report is not all negative though as a vast majority of evangelicals agree that justification could be achieved exclusively by faith. Then again, their belief falters when it comes to the status of Christ in the Bible. Almost all evangelicals expressed their support for the Trinitarian doctrine. Then again, many believe in the heretic idea that Christ was the greatest and the first being created by God.
It was clear that the Americans do not understand the reality of the holiness of God. For example, 69 percent do not agree that the smallest sin is deserving of eternal damnation. Can you believe that 61% believe that the Holy Spirit can tell someone to do something which is forbidden in the Bible?
It is no doubt that the survey reveals that American Christians are “deeply confused” about their beliefs. It will be interesting to find out how British evangelicals and Christians in your local church will respond to the same questions in the survey.