Good News/Bad News About Christians

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In the last four years, ” there has been a rise in the proportion of adults who read the Bible…” “… Christians spend seven times as much time on entertainment as they do on spiritual activities.” Although 2/3 of all teenagers say they know all the basic teachings… of the Christian faith, 2/3 reject the existence of Satan, 3/5 reject the existence of the Holy Spirit, and 1/2 believe that Jesus sinned….
“Among adults who are lay leaders in their church, more than nine out of ten prioritize their faith in their life goals.” “Desiring to have a close, personal relationship with God ranks just sixth among the 21 life goals tested, trailing such desires as ‘living a comfortable lifestyle.'” “A minority of born again adults (44%) and an even smaller proportion of born again teenagers (9%) are certain of the existence of absolute moral truth.
“Half of all unchurched and non-Christian adults admit that they are seeking meaning and purpose in their life – providing a meaningful entry point for evangelizers.” “In a representative nationwide survey among born again adults, none of the individuals interviewed said that the single, most important goal in their life is to be a committed follower of Jesus Christ.” “Large proportions of the lay leaders in Christian churches hold a range of unbiblical religious views regarding the holiness of Christ, the reality of Satan, the existence of the Holy Spirit, the reality of the resurrection, and the means to salvation.”

 
Morality Continues to Decay: Of the ten moral behaviors evaluated, a majority of Americans believed that each of three activities were ‘morally acceptable.’ Those included gambling (61%), co-habitation (60%), and sexual fantasies (59%). Nearly half of the adult population felt that two other behaviors were morally acceptable: having an abortion (45%) and having a sexual relationship with someone of the opposite sex other than their spouse (42%). About one-third of the population gave the stamp of approval to pornography (38%), profanity (36%), drunkenness (35%) and homosexual sex (30%). The activity that garnered the least support was using non-prescription drugs (17%). …Less than one out of every ten evangelical Christians maintained that adultery, gay sex, pornography, profanity, drunkenness and abortion are morally acceptable.” (Barna Research, November, 2003)

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3 Responses to Good News/Bad News About Christians

  1. dolomite9 says:

    Thank you we must not look at appearances because if God be for us,who can be against us?

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  2. dolomite9 says:

    Bad news indeed a sign of the times showing that our work is just begun!As long as we stay sidetracked,we will never finish the work that we need to do before Jesus the rightful Ruler returns!The second advent is paramount and we must stay focused or else we like the 5 foolish virgins will be caught unawares!All the issues brought up here are so important but let us not forget the main thing!Remember,”The battle is not yours it is the Lord’s”!When I think of the work that must be done and the few focused on doing it,it is tempting to think what difference can I make?The deck seems to be stacked against me but then I remember reading somewhere that whenclouds of darkness seem to hover over the mind, then it is time to let living faith pierce the darkness and scatter the clouds!So let us persevere in faithsaying “Mountain out of our way!We can do this people do not let the devil win in an age of blatant immorality let us dare to lift up a standard against the enemy!These statistics affect Adventists,clergy and laity alike!

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    • @dolomite: Thank you for your insightful comments. I too think that we must not let the numbers discourgage us, rather, realize that there is serious work to be done and that we cannot play games with the lives and souls of those who do not know Jesus. We need to send a clear message that we expect clarity and transparency this time around. Good cannot be done in the dark.

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