Does It Matter What Christians Believe?

Worldviews really do matter and I just have to wonder if self-described Christians who know better, but still deny central tenants of the Christian faith ought to just “fess up” and admit that they’re not really Christians. (On the other hand, perhaps they do not know that they should believe certain things…in which case the church is certainly culpable.)

To the point, George Barna’s most recent survey came out today and here’s a brief excerpt to jolt you into sobriety…

Although a core teaching of the Christian faith is the divinity and perfection of Jesus Christ, tens of millions of Christians do not accept that teaching. More than one-fifth (22%) strongly agreed that Jesus Christ sinned when He lived on earth, with an additional 17% agreeing somewhat. Holding the opposing view were 9% who disagreed somewhat and 46% who disagreed strongly. Six percent did not have an opinion on this matter.
Much like their perceptions of Satan, most Christians do not believe that the Holy Spirit is a living force, either. Overall, 38% strongly agreed and 20% agreed somewhat that the Holy Spirit is “a symbol of God’s power or presence but is not a living entity.” Just one-third of Christians disagreed that the Holy Spirit is not a living force (9% disagreed somewhat, 25% disagreed strongly) while 9% were not sure.

Click here to read the whole report.

Why is this the case? Lack of teaching in the church? Lack on content in sermons? Easy membership? Low expectations of members? Symbolism over substance? What do you think the reason is?


One thought on “Does It Matter What Christians Believe?

  1. Probably a combination of all of the above. Worldview is best developed early–parents, pastors, teachers should be on the same page. When it’s not instilled early, adult discipleship, sermons, and church life become that much more important.

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