Two recent surveys again confirm what we already know: the current Biblical illiteracy in the church.
A recent Barna Group study found that less than one-half of 1 percent of Americans aged 18-23 have a “biblical worldview.” Researcher George Barna defines “biblical worldview” as belief in the following: (1) absolute moral truth; (2) the Bible is completely accurate in all of the principles it teaches; (3) Satan is a real being or force; (4) a person cannot earn their way into Heaven by trying to be good; (5) Jesus Christ lived a sinless life on earth; and (6) God is the all-knowing, all-powerful creator and ruler of the world.
George Barna suggests that Christian youth and adults (only 9 percent) are Biblical idiots because their â€œparents are not focused on guiding their children to have a biblical worldviewâ€ because they do not have it themselves. He also noted that this study also confirms that not only parents, but Christian churches, schools and parachurch ministries are doing a miserable job in Christian education.
What are our church youth getting fed? Simply, junk such as fun and games, delirious, frenzied, ecstatic, mind-numbing noise as “praise and worship,” and moralistic, therapeutic homilies as “sermons.”
Another research, this time by the 2008 American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS), reveals that the percentage of Americans claiming they have no religion jumped from 8.2 percent in 1990, to 14.2 percent in 2001, and to 15 percent today. And this is not just an American phenomenon; it’s the same in the Philippines, and most probably, in all the world.
Parents, continue feeding your children junk by taking them to your delirious “worship” services, and see God’s word to Hosea fulfilled right before your very eyes:
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me. And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children (Hos 4:6).
Speaking of the Jews, Paul also warns us:
For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness (Rom 10:2-3, emphasis added).
How are we to submit to God’s righteousness when we are ignorant what God’s righteousness means and what it means to be righteous before God? It’s not surprising then to find that there is no difference between the behavior of the “churched” compared to that of the “unchurched.”
Study after study show that evangelical churches with their “seeker-sensitive” worship and programs are producing Christless “Christians.” Even Bill Hybels of Willow Creek megachurch admits that their programs failed to produce disciples of Christ. Why then do churches continue to stubbornly and blindly stick to a failed church-growth model? Because they see their churches as successful because of big numbers, and not as failures because of their illiterate, amoral flock. If it’s big, God must be blessing it.
The evangelical church today: blind leaders leading their blind flock to the cliff of destruction.