Yesterday I posted the stats about the surprising number of people in the United States who do not believe Satan is a “real force” (let alone a real “person”). Even among self-identified born again Christians, he is only believed to be real by less than half of them.
The same Barna survey I quoted from also provides some explanation as to how and why this situation has come to be.
In the survey investigating Changes in Worldview Among Christians, the Barna Group identified 6 salient points of belief necessary for one to qualify as having a “biblical worldview.” These were believing…
- that absolute moral truth exists;
- that the Bible is totally accurate in all of the principles it teaches;
- that Satan is a real being or force;
- that no one can earn their way into Heaven through good works;
- that Jesus Christ lived a sinless life on earth;
- and that God is the all-knowing, all-powerful creator of the world who still rules the universe today.
In the research, anyone who held all of those beliefs was said to have a biblical worldview. The results?
Only 9% of American adults were found to have a Biblical Worldview. Nine per cent of Americans!
Even more surprising, out of those who self-identified as “born again” Christians,* only 19% were found to agree with all six of the points constituting the survey’s “Biblical Worldview” listed above. That’s less than a quarter of those who call themselves “born again!”
“But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some (believers) will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons…” ~ I Ti 4:1
*For the survey, “born again Christians” were defined as “those who said they have made a personal to commitment to Jesus Christ that is important in their life today and that they are certain that they will go to Heaven after they die only because they confessed their sins and accepted Christ as their savior.”
I have to say, however, that I would not have qualified as born again in their survey since I take issue with the insertion of a making “a personal commitment to Jesus Christ,” having certain knowledge of eternal salvation, or confessing one’s sins for salvation.
My definition of a born again Christian is anyone who has believed in the atoning work of Christ’s substitutionary death on the Cross for eternal life. And that’s it.
Or, as Acts 16:31 puts it:
“Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved…”