Barna conducted its annual State of the Bible survey, in partnership with American Bible Society, to examine behaviors and beliefs about the Bible among U.S. adults. The results show that, despite shifting cultural trends, Americans still read the Word, and it remains a powerful, transformative tool in their life. These and other snapshots are included in our list of top seven findings from this yearâs State of the Bible report.
1. Half of Americans Are Bible Users
Overall, about half of Americans are âBible usersââthat is, they engage with the Bible on their own by using, listening to, watching, praying or using Bible text or content in any format (not including use at a church service) at least three to four times a year (48%). Bible use has remained relatively consistent since 2011. Adults who use the Bible daily account for 14 percent of the total adult population, followed by 13 percent who...
I knew of a pastor who took down the USA flag from the church, I understand his point. I grew up with the flag, patriot songs, stand if youâre a veteran. I wish for those days. Now our deacons walk the halls and all have a concealed to carry. No respect of people no matter what party is. I think itâs safe to say that I could win a turkey dinner if someone didnât blame the republicans or democrats for todayâs evils. Itâs sin, and manâs desire to live as his own maker.
Yolanda, I happen to be a northern Evangelical myself. So, I don't have the same history as our southern friends.
While John MacArthur pointed this out, "...Parties which used to differ on economics now differ dramatically on issues that invade the realm of Godâs law and morality." ---[URL=https://tinyurl.com/l7e9sbl]]]https://tinyurl.com/l7e9sbl (Abortion and the Campaign for Immorality)[/URL], mainly about the Democrats and David Brooks did a similar favor to the Republicans with, [URL=https://tinyurl.com/y9nx5b7g]]]https://tinyurl.com/y9nx5b7g (The G.O.P. Is Rotting)[/URL] the truth is both fall far below God's standards.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Or donât you know that the unrighteous will not inherit Godâs Kingdom? Donât be deceived. Neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor male prostitutes, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor slanderers, nor extortionists, will inherit Godâs Kingdom.
Now many people associate one sin or another with a particular political group, but really a number of these sins are actually shared by both Republican and Democratic politicians. Politics is never going to save America.
Jim Lincoln wrote: Now, Yolanda, that is a strange questionâ Evangelicals don't seem to ask that about political leaders. What would make you think that the Barna group isn't Christian, and as long as they told the truth, which is getting to be a rare commodity, what difference would that make? --[URL=https://tinyurl.com/y86uux9g]]]https://tinyurl.com/y86uux9g (The evangelical slippery slope, ...)[/URL] Oh, another example from the Barna group. [URL=https://www.barna.com/research/evangelism-in-a-digital-age-an-infographic/]]]https://www.barna.com/research/evangelism-in-a-digital-age-an-infographic/ [/URL]
And Jim, it's about time they do. They are such a gullible bunch. On the contrary, I consider myself an evangelical. I'm just not a southerner and for some strange reason it does seem to make a difference; however conflicting it sounds.
I thought this news item was posted earlier here at SA, with the source being the Washington Times. I wonder whether the 50 percent of Bible readers include any Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, 7th Day Adventists, and Roman Catholics? I assume Jews are not included, but who knows? Barna's research has tended to put down the role of local churches, since he wrote a book, Revolution, some years back about how all this was changing.
Now, Yolanda, that is a strange questionâ Evangelicals don't seem to ask that about political leaders. What would make you think that the Barna group isn't Christian, and as long as they told the truth, which is getting to be a rare commodity, what difference would that make?
Randall Balmer wrote: When I was growing up in the evangelical subculture in the 1960s and 1970s, I heard a lot of warnings about slippery slopes, especially relating to the Bible. If you dared to interpret the many-headed beasts or the vials of judgment in the Book of Revelation as allegory, then pretty soon you'd read the creation accounts at the beginning of Genesis not as history but as stories. Slippery slope. Not long thereafter you'd question the miracles of the New Testament, trade in your King James Bible for Kahil Gibran's "The Prophet" and become (I don't know) a Druid, an Episcopalian or perhaps a coastal elite....
--[URL=https://tinyurl.com/y86uux9g]]]https://tinyurl.com/y86uux9g (The evangelical slippery slope, ...)[/URL]
Oh, another example from the Barna group. [URL=https://www.barna.com/research/evangelism-in-a-digital-age-an-infographic/]]]https://www.barna.com/research/evangelism-in-a-digital-age-an-infographic/ [/URL]
Barna seems to be fairly Christian and here is an article in which they did the research.
Relevant Magazine wrote: A new joint study by Barna and Summit Ministries looks at the worldviews of practicing Christians. The results arenât flattering.
Among other things, it found that only 17 percent of Christians have what the researchers consider a biblical worldview. For that definition, Barna provides these markers: âbelieving that absolute moral truth exists; the Bible is totally accurate in all of the principles it teaches; Satan is considered to be a real being or force, not merely symbolic; a person cannot earn their way into Heaven by trying to be good or do good works; Jesus Christ lived a sinless life on earth; and God is the all-knowing, all-powerful creator of the world who still rules the universe today.â
--[URL=https://tinyurl.com/yajube3s]]]https://tinyurl.com/yajube3s (Research: Only 17% of Christians Actually Have a Biblical Worldview)[/URL]â