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January 09, 2005

The Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience

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According to a Barna Study, Less than 9% of "Born again" Christians have a biblical Worldview.
http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdate&BarnaUpdateID=154

Just going to church, or saying you believe doesn't make you a follower of Christ's teachings.

I believe it takes quite a it of faith to live according to God's word. Many people never gather enough courage to "Trust and Obey" and as a result, they never fully experience the fruits of their faith.

The Barna report shows that people who live by a Biblical worldview do live thier lives differently than the rest of the public. "While one out of every eight adults who lack a biblical worldview had sexual relations with someone other than their spouse during the prior month, less than one out of every 100 individuals who have such a worldview had done so."

Today's evangelicalism, Wolfe says, exhibits "so strong a desire to copy the culture of hotel chains and popular music that it loses what religious distinctiveness it once had."2 Wolfe argues, "The truth is there is increasingly little difference between an essentially secular activity like the popular entertainment industry and the bring-'em-in-at-any-cost efforts of evangelical megachurches."

That reminds me exactly of this show that is on every Sunday while I'm at the laundromat. Joel Osteen's program barely talks about religion at all and is basically nothing more than one big "as long as you feel good about yourself and your actions everything is fine" nursemaid hour.

Its in this giant stadium place and definitely fits the bill as entertainment since I have yet to see one thing of worth being expressed there.

Of course, as a Catholic perhaps I am a bit skewed because we focus more on inherent sinfulness...

yes, good, very good. i am stealing this and it's going in my lj, sorry. i have to ruminate on it more, but just the statistics alone are great material for some of the workshops i am teaching this year...

Hey Man- This is Doug Heine...Jennie's brother. Brian sent me your link and I wanted you to know that I support you 100%. I have a lot of the same questions my life everyday and find myself dealing with very similar issues as well. Anyways I am writing to give you more support. I think it is good to know that there are so many people out there just like you and you are doing the right thing. It was nice getting to meet you in Tucson and watching that sunset. Take care and I'll see you at the wedding! God Bless you-

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