The State of Theology
Survey links from the Ligonier Ministries and LifeWay Research study provided by administrator of A Crooked Path website. To be used in conjunction with article below Ken’s opening comments:
I feel very safe. sadly, in stating based on not only this study and research by Ligonier Ministries and LifeWay Research but from my other readings, research and experiences in the Biblical times in which we live (Romans 1 along with other Biblical prophecy being fulfilled and the Great Falling Away) that being conservative in my estimate about 7 out of 10 of those professing to be “Christian” know not of what they speak or claim. They are still walking in darkness. Of dull minds. Not in the Light.
Not because I say so or I’m so hard and being judgmental. Please keep in mind dear ones while reading this I write this out of concern for all of us professing the faith of God, Jesus Christ and to be Christian. I am concerned for the state of those professing to be Christian in these times. This is not written out of anger or sitting in judgment — this is written solely out of concern for the state and well-being of the professed Christian church with Christ as the Head and those professing faith in Him to be of sound and true body.
This has come about from keen observation. From evidence before everyone’s eyes and ears if only they would see and hear!
There is, in truth, only a remnant of genuine faithful believers on this earth. Just as there has always been from the beginning of the Church.
I sincerely hope and pray that none of you here reading this are of the belief that the Holy Spirit is merely some “force” and not an individual being! That you are not among the MAJORITY OF THOSE SAYING THEY ARE EVANGELICALS (52%) who believe people are “good by nature” which clearly contradicts the word of God. That you are among the majority of evangelicals (58%) who either are unsure, somewhat agree, or strongly agree that God accepts ALL RELIGIONS NO MATTER WHAT THEY ARE!
A massively disturbing and very troubling 81% of those claiming to be evangelicals are either unsure, somewhat agree, or strongly agree — and I keep writing of this group because they claim to be the most Bible literate and aware — a whopping 81% of those professing to be evangelical Christians are of the belief JESUS WAS THE FIRST AND GREATEST BEING CREATED BY GOD when taking the 3 categories in the survey (unsure, somewhat agree, strongly agree).
Jesus HAS EXISTED WITH GOD THROUGH ALL ETERNITY AND IS NOT A CREATED BEING!!!
I hope and pray, I sincerely hope and pray — and do so daily, nightly — that all those professing to be of the faith? To be Christian? Have the scales removed from their eyes. That we all turn to the Bible for TRUTH and INSTRUCTION and SOUND DOCTRINE and turn away from all the heretical false teachings which dominate the professed church today.
No wonder it is put forth in the word of God that when Jesu returns will a righteous person be found on earth? For at this very time, this very day easily 7 out of 10 — 70% of those claiming to be Christ’s? Claiming to be His disciples? To be of God’s chosen people? The elect? They know not what they say and are following unsound doctrine, wolves in sheep’s clothing with their itching ears and worldliness.
I pray we all repent and turn truly to God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the inerrant word of God.
I received some flak a long time ago from a frequent visitor to A Crooked Path that I needed to stop writing “the inerrant word of God,” because “everyone knew that already” and I was being redundant and writing unnecessary words.
Apparently not according to the facts. The truth of the state of theology this day.
Here’s an idea — open your Bible’s!!!
Actually read and STUDY THEM!!!
Open your Bibles and PRAY while opening and studying them that God and the INDIVIDUAL BEING of the Holy Spirit give you SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT, SPIRITUAL WISDOM (James 1:5), SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE of God’s word and you desire and are filled with SOUND DOCTRINE!
Turn the TV off. Put your mobile phone down and turn if off. Pause. Think. Really pause. Really think. Let all of us begin to use the minds that God gave us. Forget pleasing your children and making sure they go to their soccer, sports games, or events on Sundays and find a sound, Bible teaching church with a man of God pastor / preacher and pray for him to remain faithful to the word and support that church — belong to that true church. Begin reading SOUND SCRIPTURE THEOLOGY — and do not gravitate to the worldly false teachers of this apostate Great Falling Away age writing that which pleases you, agrees with your worldly heretical beliefs.
Go to the Banner of Truth link found here on A Crooked Path on the right hand sidebar on the Home Page, or click on this link The Banner of Truth and begin searching their website, authors and who and what they are about to begin building a foundation on SOUND DOCTRINES and TRUE BIBLE THEOLOGY for A CHRSITAN WALK on the straight path towards the narrow gate where few will enter (Matthew 7:13)
Go to the Truth For Life link found here on A Crooked Path on the right hand sidebar on the Home Page, or click on this link Truth For Life and begin searching their website for audio sermons, books, and other media to begin building a foundation on SOUND DOCTRINES and TRUE BIBLE THEOLOGY for A CHRISTIAN WALK on the straight path towards the narrow gate where few will enter.
Here are just some genuine Christian writer to read; A. W. Tozer, Alistair Begg, D. Martin Lloyd-Jones, Thomas Brooks, Sinclair Ferguson, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Thomas Watson, William Gurnall, John Owen, J.C. Ryle, George Smeaton, T. J. Crawford, John Murray, James Bannerman and Thomas Goodwin to list only a very few.
Go to the audio sermons link on the right hand sidebar and begin listening to sermons given by A.W. Tozer. Read the sermons and works of D. Martin Lloyd-Jones, and Charles Haddon Spurgeon for sound doctrine and true Bible teaching by men of God.
Turn from unsound doctrines, false teachers and all the deadly heretical beliefs!
I sincerely pray this for all finding themselves in this place today. I beseech any individual out of sincere concern for your spiritual life and well-being, of love, with your eternity in my heart and mind not anything of myself or for my glory — but for your eternity and walk with the Lord, who might be confused. Following unsound doctrines. Following false teachings. Attempting to appease and please the world while thinking that can be accomplished and still be a child of God’s and a disciple of Jesus Christ — please turn from these ways, this thinking. Turn to God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the complete inerrant living word of God. Pray! Develop a sound and healthy private prayer life not praying amiss. Seek the Lord and His ways which are wonderful and lead to life. The ways of this world and those of unsound doctrine lead to death. Find the awe, the wonder, the mystery and pray for increased faith, increased wisdom and strength. Begin to learn what putting on the full armor of God is and means and then put on your full armor of God and never remove it or allow it to become neglected in this constant spiritual war we are engaged in every second of every day.
“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”
A Tree and Its Fruit
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.
I Never Knew You
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
Build Your House on the Rock
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
Jesus, an individual within the Triune God who came to earth, and was God, and also man at the same time in one being speaking on the Mount — Matthew 7:13-27 — English Standard Version
Ken Pullen, administrator
ACP — A Crooked Path
Thursday, December 6th, 2018
Survey Reveals Many Christians Deeply Confused About Biblical Theology
December 5, 2018
By PNW Staff (Prophecy News Watch)
Reprinted from: Prophecy News Watch
The study consisted of interviews with 3,000 adult Christians and follows similar surveys given in 2014 and 2016. Startlingly high percentages of respondents again revealed clearly heretical beliefs when they were asked about the nature of God and belief, their opinions on certain sins and the role of the Bible.
How much of this heretical belief is the result of poor education in Christian theology and how much indicates the influence of external cultural factors that are slowly warping what millions of Christians across the country believe? That remains to be answered, but the results of these questions show several interesting trends in belief following the previous surveys as well as demographic trends among generations.
To give an example of how the survey exposed heretical beliefs held by the majority of the Christians interviewed, 52% responded that most people are basically good, 51% believe that God accepts the worship of all religions and 78% subscribe to the Arian Heresy, which teaches that Jesus was the first and great being created by God the Father. In fact, Jesus is not a created being; He is God the Son.
Ligonier concluded that “Overall, US adults appear to have a superficial attachment to well-known Christian beliefs. For example, a majority agreed that Jesus died on the cross for sin and that He rose from the dead.” When examining issues of theology that go deeper than these basic Christian beliefs or ask the interviewed Christians to wrestle with difficult ethical issues, their reliance on popular opinion and cultural relativism became clear.
A majority of 59% stated that the Holy Spirit is a force, not a personal being, and most shocking of all, the survey showed that 62% of American Christians surveyed believe that “religious belief is a matter of personal opinion and not of objective truth.”
A majority still believes that salvation comes through faith rather than good works and although they believe in the doctrine of the Trinity, they also hold contradictory beliefs that put Jesus outside of the Trinity. The belief that Jesus was a created being is a heresy refuted and condemned at the Council of Nicaea in 325 and also at the Council of Constantinople in 381. This belief was held by 71% of Christians in 2016 and rose to78% in 2018, even though it has not been taught in any American church.
Only 52% of Christians identified abortion as a sin and as many as 38% declared it not to be a sin (others were unsure). Likewise, 41% of Christians interviewed believe that the Bible’s condemnation of homosexuality does not apply today. The effects of cultural relativism are clearly visible here across the spectrum of beliefs.
Christians who classify themselves as evangelical claim they see the Bible as the highest authority, but on other survey questions clear contradictions emerge as 30% of Evangelicals admit that the Bible is open for each individual to interpret as he chooses and as society changes.
In the end, whereas some questions seem to indicate increasingly heretical beliefs and others reflect more orthodox Christian theology, the majority of the survey exposes a deep confusion about Biblical theology in general. As Christians interviewed were easily swayed by changes in question phrasing or the inclusion of certain popular “catchphrases” a general lack of theological knowledge was apparent.
Clearly, there is more work to be done not only to identify as Christian but truly to engage with what that means; to educate ourselves not just on a few theological touchstones or fixate on a few words, but to really understand the Bible as the Word of God.