Biblical Skepticism surpasses Biblical Literalism
In the 70s and 80s, nearly 40% of American believed the Bible to be the literal word of God. Today, that number has dropped to 24% according to the recent Gallup. Even more shocking, only 17% practice a biblical worldview as reported by Barna. These findings coincide with the rise of biblical skepticism, which is shown by the high percentages of Americans that hold liberal views on some key moral issues (See the Gallup report below). Changes in Biblical perspectives seem to correlate with a decline in morality in society.
American Christianity in Crisis
At the recently concluded conference in Hungary, George Barna gave the Adventist Church leaders the following observation about the state of Christianity in America:
His 2017 survey revealed that while 58-70% of parents see value in their children being exposed to extended family gatherings, church services, art exhibits and the Bible, children on average spend only two hours per week on these activities. In contrast, 33-43% of parents do not see value in their children being exposed to professional sports, television news, online content and current movies, yet children on average spend seven hours per day on these and related activities.
Barna then announced that statistically a very small amount of younger people have what he called a “biblical worldview”—only 4% of 18-30 year-olds and 7% of 30-49 year-olds. “We are in a crisis,” Barna said. “If the Church does not wake up and solve it, biblical Christianity in the United States is in jeopardy.”
The researcher then turned his attention squarely to parents, offering a statistical call to parental responsibility. He pointed out that while children form their worldview by the age of 13, only 5% of parents with 5-13 year-old children in the US have a biblical worldview. “Our children usually make their spiritual choices by default, acquiescing to cultural norms,” he concluded.
Think about it! “5% of parents wth 5-13 year-old children in the US have a biblical worldview”! Is it possible that this is one of the major reason we are losing so many young people in the church?
The Long and Complex Relationship Between Washington and the Vatican
As President Trump prepares for his first oversees trip to several countries including the Vatican, it is worth noting the relationship between the US and the Holy See. As reported by the Desert News, “American diplomats throughout the world benefit from the eyes and ears of the world’s largest faith, while the Vatican relies on U.S. military and economic might to aid in humanitarian crises.” The Catholic Church is able to maintain its grip on global development through its Cardinals down through the vast networks of village priests. Its not surprising that one person in the interview would note, ‘”The Vatican has sources of information that the CIA would kill to get.”’ Read more here.