A friend directed me to some data that I will be using a lot in the years to come: a report on the beliefs of evangelicals commissioned by Ligonier Ministries. Christianity Today reports the grim results here: http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2014/october-web-only/new-poll-finds-evangelicals-favorite-heresies.html.

I’ll summarize them by saying that most evangelical respondents are heretics. We’re not talking about disagreements about small matters, but fundamental confusion about things like whether Jesus is fully divine, whether the Spirit is a person or simply a force. There is fundamental confusion about the being and nature of God.

And it has to be corrected. I am convinced that the church needs to recover the teaching office as cardinal to the advancement of the church in the world. If we don’t, we’ve lost already.

It’s interesting to compare the results of this survey to the definition of “evangelical.” Read here.

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We are living in a post-Christendom era–a time in which the influence of the Christian church has become significantly diminished.Post-Christendom is not post-Christian. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is as powerful as it ever was, but it’s transformative work will take place despite resistance rather than with the support of society.

Opinions differ on where we are in the process of decline, but most agree that the age of a “Christian America” has come and gone. To the extent that America is Christian that Christian faith is increasingly more akin to moral therapeutic deism described by sociologist Christian Smith.

I recently read two articles that are worthy of your time:

  • On The Telegraph blog Tim Stanley argues: “…It’s perfectly possible to be a Christian within a society that regulates or proscribes religious practices. The Christians in classical Rome or the Catholics in…

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