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.