Sunday, June 8, 2008

Christians Taken Captive

I was zooming around the Internet today when I came upon this article. It was discussing the Truth Project. As mentioned in this post, I had been told at the Truth Project that the Barna Group had discovered that only 9 in 100 "born again" Christian's held a biblical worldview. Well this article lists the questions asked by Barna.

Would you call yourself a Christian?
Have you made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ that is still important in your life today?
Do you believe that you will go to heaven when you die because you have confessed your sins and accepted Jesus Christ as your savior?
Do you believe that you have a personal responsibility to share your religious beliefs about Christ with non-Christians?
Do you believe that Satan exists?
Do you believe that eternal salvation is possible through grace, not works?
Do you believe that Jesus Christ lived a sinless life on Earth?
Do you believe that the Bible is accurate in all that it teaches?
Do you believe that God is the all-knowing, all-powerful, perfect deity?
Do you believe that God created the universe and still rules it today?

The first three questions were used to determine if someone was "born again".

The article talks a bit about Focus on the Family's response to this information. Then the author makes this statement. The question they faced: How do you convince ninety-one percent of born-again Christians that showing up at church, voting Republican, and putting a Jesus fish on the SUV isn’t enough?

I think that Christians are certainly called to do things: fight spiritual battles, help the needy, tell the lost the Good News, etc. But I don't think that this question really summarizes what the Truth Project is really about. I would have said this, "The question they faced: How do you free the ninety-one percent of the born-again Christians from the deceptive philosophies that have taken them captive?" Because when you believe that the real truth is really real you will be compelled to act on it.

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