Ed Stetzer oversees all activities of the LifeWay Insights division, including LifeWay Research, Corporate Communications and Ministry Development.
In this role, he also works with LifeWay's president to assess opportunities that come directly to the CEO's office and serves as chief strategic executive leader to discover new ministry opportunities.
In this Q&A, Stetzer talks about terms like Christian and evangelical and why these terms are becoming less helpful in the grand scheme.
You told The Exchange viewers: "I wish more would stop self-identifying as Christians." Why will the "end of Christian America," when understood correctly, help us to live out the gospel?
Many people who don't fit the biblical term "Christian" still use it as a cultural term. "Cultural Christianity" confuses what Christianity is. It's not a demographic category. It's a life-changing relationship with Christ.
As I see it, about one-third of Americans are not Christians, about one-third are cultural (in name only) Christians, and about one-third have strong connections to some kind of church. That means two-thirds have no real church connection.
I think the nominal population, statistically, will go away. Half of those disconnected with church will soon stop calling themselves "Christian," bringing helpful clarity to what a Christian actually is.
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SOURCE: Charisma News