Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Evangelicals Biblically Illiterate

A new Pew research (MSNBC summary) polling 35,000 adults has uncovered what many cynics (like me) have suspected all along: Evangelicals are Biblically illiterate.

57% of Evangelicals believe one can be saved outside of Christianity ("their faith isn't the only way to eternal life").

57% of self-proclaimed Evangelicals deny that Christ alone saves sinners.

57% of "I'm-a-conservative-Christian-not-Roman-Catholic-or-a-cult-member" adults have never read, heard or simply ignored Galatians 1:9:

"...if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed."

This is incredible. It is also quite predictable. At least from a classical Protestant point of view. On the other hand, this number is higher than amongst the cults such as Mormons and JWs.

How shameful. Cults have more confidence in their way of salvation than Evangelicals.

I suppose those 57% will join the Mormons or JWs some day--or at least their children. Why not? There are other ways to heaven after all.


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