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11 January, 2008 / theexpositor

How Do Unchurched Americans View Christianity?


Many unchurched adults don’t have a biblical understanding about God and Jesus, according to the survey.

Study results, released this week, showed that while 64 percent of the respondents think “the Christian religion is a relevant and viable religion for today,” 72 percent of unchurched adults said they believe God, a higher or supreme being actually exists. Only 48 percent agree there is only one God as described in the Bible and 61 percent believe the God of the Bible is no different from the gods or spiritual being depicted.

“If you went back 100 years in North America, there would have been a consensus that God is the God in the Bible. We can’t assume this any longer,” said Stetzer. “We no longer have a home-field advantage as Christians in this culture.”



  1. DLC / Jan 11 2008 21 44

    A sad commentary on the state of the world today. As Oprah promotes a New Age Christ with the teachings of Marianne Williamson the results will only worsen. Here is a link to an article concerning this:
    Above all it is more reason for the gospel to be preached so that there is no doubt of who the one true God is and what His Son Christ Jesus did for sinners. To Him alone be the glory!

  2. Nathan / Jan 12 2008 4 14

    so as we look at this, there really are only two options to consider… both lead to the same conclusion:

    A. The traditional church, from 1930 – 1990 was incredibly ineffective at reaching lost people.


    B. The traditional church was effective at reaching lost people, but their methods proved to be unproductive. When culture shifted, their faith did not move with them.

    Either way, we need to re-evaluate our methods.

  3. Brian Culver / Jan 12 2008 19 20

    not with mormons and jehovah witnesses knocking on doors daily reaching people that we as Christians should be reaching. If the Christian church would finally start doing what it is commanded to do, namely, go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature, this would not be happening. But too many Christians take the lazy approach to christianity. It’s all about easy-believism and what can God do for me?

  4. the Rev. Bryan Dabney / Jan 14 2008 15 19

    The Christian church today is fast taking the form of the Laodicean Church of Revelation 3, which is not so surprising when one reads articles such as the one above. And this is not a new phenomenon in the sense of “new” being recent. The facts above, are symptoms of the apostasy which St. Paul spoke of in II Thessalonians 2: 1-12 whereby men will turn from the true faith in Jesus Christ unto the doctrine of devils (I Timothy 4:1). This will also herald the rise of antichrist, that is, religion based on really anything but the one, true and living God, which reared its ugly head back in the 19th century with Theosophy, form criticism, and the assortment of other cults whose sole purpose was to keep men away from the pure light of the Gospel. It will also set the stage for unregenerate man to embrace the Antichrist when he appears.

    I remember hearing a sermon some years ago where the minister observed that we are living in a neo-pagan/post-Christian age: one very much like the world that St. Paul faced in his journeys as a Christian missionary. And the sad fact is that many in the mainline Christian denominations, as well as those in a number of evangelical churches, are now holding hands and humming with the proponents of the New Age Movement.

    The prophet Amos once asked, “Can two walk together except they be agreed?” In order to hold hands and hum together they have to agree with one another. That can only mean that those evangelicals, et al, who are in league with the New Agers are compromising on some, or perhaps, all of the tenets of their faith so that they can be yoked together with those who did not share their beliefs in the first place. And it is not an equal yoke as St. Paul advised the Corinthian church (II Corinthians 6: 14-18), because there can be no true and equal fellowship between light and darkness.

    So what recourse do we have in this neo-pagan world? One author put this way: “In the midst of this appalling confusion of modern cults and the innumerable sects of Christianity , the Bible, God’s living word of Truth is the Christian’s only sure protection against doctrinal deception and demonic despoliation–the Bible, rightly understood…and impicitly obeyed. Satan and his hosts can by-pass human opinions and men’s interpretations, but they cannot penetrate the impregnable defense of God’s Holy Word!” But that does not mean that they won’t try and it is up to each of us to “earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints (Jude 3).

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