Sheldon Clowdus

Disciple . Husband . Father


Biblical Worldview

I am in the middle of teaching a class on worldviews at church right now on Sunday evenings.  This week, in preparation for the class I ran across some startling statistics concerning Americans who hold to a biblical worldview.
The Barna Group conducted a survey in 1995 and again in 2009 to determine what percent of the American population holds to a biblical worldview.

A biblical worldview was defined as believing that:

  1. Absolute moral truths exist
  2. That such truth is defined by the Bible
  3. That Jesus Christ lived a sinless life
  4. God is the all-powerful and all-knowing Creator of the universe and He stills rules it today
  5. Salvation is a gift from God and cannot be earned
  6. Satan is real
  7. A Christian has a responsibility to share their faith in Christ with other people
  8. The Bible is accurate in all of its teachings
I don't think that any of the above criteria even come close to falling in the controversial range of theology. As a matter of fact, I would think that these 8 statements consist of the minimum you must believe in order to be a follower of Christ. While I can't really say I was totally surprised at the results of the survey, I was slightly dismayed. What I found most disappointing is the obvious lack of progress the church has made over the course of the last 14 years in this area.

People who have a biblical worldview:

1995: 7%

2009: 9%

Professing born again Christians who have a biblical worldview:

1995: 18%

2009: 19%

I think it is no real surprise that less than 10% of the general population has a biblical worldview. It is tragic, however, that less than 1 in 5 professing Christians meet the criteria for holding a biblical worldview. What is equally as tragic is that number has not changed significantly in 14 years. That means that people are moving through our churches as a whole without being taught what a biblical worldview is and why it is important. Over the course of the next week or so I plan to take a look at these numbers as well as some of the other results of the Barna survey to try to make some sense of why they are what they are and what that means for the church today.

One thing is patently obvious: It is time to boldly, clearly proclaim the gospel of the bible to our people without apology and without hesitancy.

I am a follower of Jesus, a husband, and a father. I teach 5th grade in my hometown of Rome, Georgia.


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