Tuesday, January 01, 2008

The most shocking statistics I read in 2007

I received a letter from Dallas Theological Seminary which said,
Surveys by the highly respected Barna Research Group show that one out of every three "born-again Christians" in America believes the Jesus Christ actually sinned during his life! That He was not-not-physically resurrected. And that faith in Christ is not needed to go to heaven.
This is very sad, and shows not only that there is a serious lack of good biblical teaching in many churches, but also that many people who go by the name of Christians are happy to create their own religion, one that is not based on the historical facts of Christianity.
In 2007, I saw a number of well known people denying both the historicity of Jesus, and the Bible's way of salvation. Often this is done in a subtle way where some of the following excuses are,

"Well, I don't want to judge anyone's heart."
"Well, let's just say, What if we did find out that Jesus was really just a man, would that make any difference?"

It is very saddening to me that people listen to this kind of stuff, rather than the testimony of the apostles.

ESV 1 John 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit,
but test the spirits to see whether they are from God,
for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
2 By this you know the Spirit of God:
every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God,
3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God.
This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.
4 Little children, you are from God and have overcome them,
for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
5 They are from the world;
therefore they speak from the world,
and the world listens to them.
6 We are from God.
Whoever knows God listens to us;
whoever is not from God does not listen to us.
By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.