I read this news article and was dumbfounded. It matches the results of a news story I’d put up about a year or two ago.
There are some basic doctrines that pretty much – if you don’t have those right, you’re not saved.
“All I have to do is believe in Jesus!”
Um… which Jesus? The Jesus Christ of the Bible? I’ve made the case a while ago, most US “Christians” have absolutely no idea who the Jesus Christ of the Bible is. THat’s not too hard to learn who He is – you just have to read your Bible, which most Christians don’t. I’ve told the story about a Sunday SChool teacher in my old church who was talking about the “Heaven is real” movie and how great it was, and the odd eye coloor Jesus has. I told him the movie was fake, because the Bible depicts Jesus Christ as having a particular eye color, and it wasn’t a Universalist “All the different eye colors” thing. I handed him a Bible and he – a Sunday School teacher! – couldn’t find it in the very chapter the description was in!
“White hair, and eyes like flame.” was the correct answer, not long brown or blond hair and green eyes, or green-brown-blue eyes.
So, LIgonier Ministries put out a 47 question poll to see how most Christians did in the realm of doctrine. Being a Presbyterian ministry, I’m sure it was Calvinist oriented. But some of the answers were not worrisome, they were like a verdict. Guilty.
To a question asking if Jesus Christ is truly God and eternal, most Christians answered yes. That should have been an “All Christians” answer. If you don’t believe Jesus Christ is God, guilty. Not saved.
THen over 65% of American Christians proceeded to agree with the statement that Jesus Christ was the first thing God created.
Verdict – guilty. Not saved.
I mean, I’m not even going to get into verses in the Pauline Epistles. If you claim to be a Christian, you should have at least read the Gospel of John at least once.
If you read John chapter 1… JUST THE FIRST CHAPTER OF JOHN – you’d know the correct answer is that Jesus Christ created all things.
You can’t be a created being and be eternally God. You can’t be a created being and become God.
These are elementary things, people! It’s FRIGHTENING that so many people who claim to be Christian cannot get simple things like this right! This means, right off the bat, that over 65% of people who consider themselves saved will eake up in eternal torment. I can think of no more horrible thing.
How about another question from the poll?
God is the author of the Bible. Most people agreed. Most.
Again, if you didn’t agree with that, you’re in trouble.
But then, R. C. Sproul’s people were dumbfounded to believe that most people agreed that the Bible contained errors!
Why were you surprised when your Textual Critics, your Bible Scholars, have been telling them that for years? We don’t condemn Bible Dictionaries and Encyclopedias (like the Zondervan Bible Dictionary) that – like Satan – first questions the Bible (“we don’t know who wrote Genesis”), then denies the Bible (“Matthew did not write the Gospel of Matthew”) to the “you will be like God” lie “Through Scholarship, we can derive…”).
LIgonier Ministries should not have been surprised that most Christians could not spot the contradiction at all! Yes, if God wrote the Bible, and God cannot err, then the Bible is without errors! Yet you open your NKJV or your NASB or your ESV or your NIV and it has “this verse is not found in the oldest and best manuscripts”, “Meaning unknown”, “Doubtful” and the like.
If you want people to grasp pure doctrine, tell everyone you’re having a church purification service, and you’re getting rid of all modern translations – bring yours! A church “buy-back” program – you bring in your modern translation, we’ll replace it with a King James!
Recently, I heard a sermon by Danny Castle where he said he would be offended if someone came into his church and told the congregation that 75% of them weren’t saved. I understand his point, but yeah… David Cloud’s been saying it for years, that most Independent Baptists are not saved. And since they’re hearing a greater proportion of the truth than most other churches, the question of other Christians becomes truly frightening.
How many people in my old church gave evidence of being saved? Well, a lot of people there were older… I’d say 20%. That’s pretty good for an SBC church. I’d say in one or two I visited, it’s lower than that.
Back in the seventies, the tracts advertising the Rapture said, “Millions disappear!”
I’m afraid for this day and age, we’re going to have to reprint it. “Thousands disappear! SBC Deacons forced to take over Pulpits!”
Pray the Lord comes soon… otherwise we’ll be reprinting them. “Dozens disappear! Most Christians unaware!”
Lord Jesus, please help us. Most “Christians” are in for a horrible eternity.