What is going on in the Church?

marinda, 29 March 2009, 3 comments
Categories: Christian Living, The View

I have mentioned before that I watch “The View” everyday.  I almost always record it and watch it while Eli is napping.  Being a stay-at-home mom can be a little isolated, so I watch their “hot topic” segments and pretend that I am on the panel so that I can add a Biblical worldview to whatever they are discussing.  I actually pause the dvr and talk out loud.  Weird, huh?  But it does help me to keep my worldview filter sharp. 

This past week they gave some statistics that got my attention.  According to research, only 1% of Americans between the ages of 18-24 had a Biblical worldview.  9% of American adults claim to have a Biblical worldview.  I was shocked because they were actually talking about Biblical worldviews and then shocked again at how low the numbers were.  So I decided to look into the latest research myself.

The Barna group, which is a Christian polling company has some recent data in this area.  For the purposes of its research, Barna defines biblical worldview as “believing that absolute moral truth exists; the Bible is totally accurate in all of the principles it teaches; Satan is considered to be a real being or force, not merely symbolic; a person cannot earn their way into Heaven by trying to be good or do good works; Jesus Christ lived a sinless life on earth; and God is the all-knowing, all-powerful creator of the world who still rules the universe today.”

They found that less than 1 in 10 Americans has a Biblical worldview (9 %).  That was not as shocking as the next statistic.  They found that 1 in 5 Americans that claim to be a born-again Christian has a Biblical worldview.   Think about that for a second.  Only 20% of Americans who believe they are born-again believe Barna’s definition of a Biblical worldview.  Shocking!

I’ll also include their findings on specific demographic groups because I thought it was interesting.  Of those who are social or political liberals only one half of one percent have a Biblical worldview.  Compare that to 2% of Catholics, 4% of democarats, and 4% of residents in the north east. 

Our worldview is the filter by which we see the world.  With numbers so low, is it any wonder our country faces the problems we do today.  I would expect those type of statistics from a lost and dying world, but this type of warped thinking has made its way inside of our churches and into the majority of the minds that fill the pews each week.  According to Barna’s research only 40% of born-again Christians believe that Satan is a real force.  The majority of Christians need to wake up.  They are deceived and on the road to being devoured. 

We need to seriously pray for the church.


3 Responses, Leave a Reply
  1. Beth
    05 May 2009, 9:44 pm

    Oh, I know the answer to this one. Its the unfortunate biproduct of public school. I’m not trying to bash public school, but its the dirty truth.

  2. Shanna
    14 January 2010, 4:51 am

    I know this is a late response. It sounds horrible to hear that such a low percentage of Americans has a Biblical worldview. But I think we can take heart a little. This low percentage does not mean that these people completely reject the Bible. It may only be one question, or even how a question is phrased, that eliminates them.

    You can see that the very nature of one of the questions excludes at least two historical Christian groups: Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox, and probably some smaller groups as well. These would have a problem with the “not earning their way into heaven” statement. This one question would eliminate them from Barna’s “Biblical Worldview, ” even if they agree to the other points.

    I guess it comes down to where you want to draw the line to define who is Christian….and this is a really sticky, messy issue that apologists fight over. Barna is clearly drawing its line at historical “orthodox” Protestantism.

    I am a Protestant and can argue well for salvation by grace, but I know that some other apologists would be quick to bring out the gospel of James and some of Jesus’ sayings on this issue to bolster their point. To them, the “Biblical” world-view might be quite different:

    James 2:14 What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him?

    So I think we can take a little heart…..although I’m sure the number of devout Christians of any ilk and with any real knowledge of the Bible is abysmally low.

    Grace and Peace

  3. Frankie
    23 February 2010, 7:42 am

    i have been aware of the alarming stats of the ground we are losing in the church-it begins with a small step.
    Like watching women on the view. These women take the Lord’s name in vain, misuse scripture, are pro same sex marriage and God’s word say-I will set no vile thing before my eyes. My view– stay away from the view. When we watch shows there’s chip in the TV that monitors the count, this gives them rating. We can’t do that. I have prayed for these women and now i am praying they get off the air.

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