MAJORITY OF AMERICAN CHRISTIANS DON’T KNOW WHO THEY ARE, SAYS NEW SURVEY BY LIGONIER MINISTRIES

ORLANDO, Florida., September 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — A new survey by Ligonier Ministries reveals that the overwhelming majority of American evangelicals have accepted a view of human identity that aligns more with American society than with Bible teaching.

Ligonier’s biennial survey of the state of theology provides insight into Americans’ views on a wide range of Christian beliefs. This comprehensive report provides key findings on beliefs about God, truth, the Bible, ethical issues and worship. Conducted with LifeWay Research, the survey interviewed a nationally representative sample of American adults. Full 2022 results are now available at Thestateoftheology.com.

In 2022, 71% of American adults surveyed agreed with the statement that “everyone is born innocent in the eyes of God.” While not surprising, given the influence of humanistic philosophies and worldviews in America that teach self-determination and a view of humanity as fundamentally good, the survey also showed that 65% of Christians Evangelicals surveyed agreed with this same statement.

The fact that nearly two-thirds of American evangelicals believe that humans are born into a state of innocence reveals that the biblical teaching of original sin is not embraced by most evangelicals. The Bible, however, makes it clear that all humans are “by nature children of wrath” (Eph. 2:3). In other words, we are not sinners because we sin; rather, we sin because we are sinners. This truth is fundamental to an accurate understanding of the gospel and our absolute need for God’s grace in salvation.

Chris LarsonChairman and CEO of Ligonier Ministries, said:

“In the absence of an understanding of the holiness of God, it is not surprising that most people do not recognize the depth of their sinfulness or their need for a Saviour. Yet the fact that many many Christians have been so badly or badly taught on this most fundamental point It was the founder of Ligonier, Dr. RC Sproul, who often reminded us that our corruption is radical corruption, because it goes to the root of our humanity, it affects every part of our character and being in keeping with who we are by nature – violators of God’s law who are justly exposed to his wrath, having no hope of forgiveness apart from his mercy in jesus christ. Our goal is for the results of the 2022 State of Theology Survey to serve as a wake-up call for Christians to become more serious and active disciples in Scripture. Eternal life and death are at stake, and we cannot afford to treat lightly what God has revealed with the utmost seriousness.”

In addition to reviewing the official survey results, anyone can complete the survey for themselves at Thestateoftheology.com. The website also offers an option to create private group surveys for use by churches, classes, etc. All are encouraged to participate in these secure, private and anonymous surveys to help them facilitate discussion and better understand the beliefs of members of their communities.

LifeWay Research surveyed a nationally representative sample of 3,011 adults in United States, including 817 professing evangelicals. The survey was conducted from January 5 to 23, 2022. More information can be found at Thestateoftheology.com.

Evangelicals have been defined by LifeWay Research as people who strongly agree with the following four statements:

  • The Bible is the highest authority for what I believe.
  • It is very important to me personally to encourage non-Christians to trust jesus christ as their Saviour.
  • That of Jesus Christ death on the cross is the only sacrifice that could take away the pain of my sin.
  • Only those who trust jesus christ only as their Savior receive God’s free gift of eternal salvation.

About Ligonier Ministries

Ligonier Ministries exists to proclaim, teach and defend the holiness of God in all its fullness to the greatest number. To this end, Ligonier’s influence is today multiple and worldwide. Founded by Dr. RC Sproul in 1971, the Ligonier Teaching Fellowship consists of theologians, pastors and scholars. Ligonier publishes renew your spirit and other podcaststhe Reformation Study Bible, table talk magazine, booksand hundreds of teaching series. The department also offers an undergraduate degree program through Reform Bible College. In addition, Ligonier welcomes national and regional organizers conferencesprovides an online learning community via Ligonier Connectbroadcasts Christian internet radio 24 hours a day via RefNetanswers biblical and theological questions with Ask Ligonier a questioncontinues many translation efforts in other countries, and makes thousands of unique educational resources available online at Ligonier.org.

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