How Sad, But So True: Here Are the Top 5 HERESIES That Are Prevalent Among American Evangelical Christians From Christianity Today, Plus Two More From Black Christian News.
BLACK CHRISTIAN NEWS Adds: (1) The heresy taught by Andy Stanley that we as Christians should unhitch ourselves from the Old Testament, which includes his false teaching that we need to stop saying “The Bible Says,” and that we are to look to fallible history as our main record to believe in Jesus Christ.
(2) The Heresy That homosexuality and homosexual marriage is not a sin, when, in fact, it is beyond a sin; it is an abomination in God’s sight. There is a difference between an abomination and a sin because, according to a pastor in Haines City, Florida, “Things that are different are not the same.”
This includes the heresy and false teaching that people who practice homosexuality and who are in a so-called homosexual marriage are to be welcomed into the church as members. False pastors and teachers who teach this call themselves and their churches beautiful words such as “inclusive” and “affirming” when the true church of the Lord Jesus Christ has been inclusive and affirming for the past 2,000 years, but not inclusive as far as sin is concerned and not affirming as far as sin is concerned.
American evangelicals’ grasp on theology is slipping, and more than half affirmed heretical views of God in this year’s State of Theology survey, released Monday by Ligonier Ministries and Lifeway Research where they list the Top 5 heresies among American Evangelicals.
The report references Ligonier founder R. C. Sproul’s teaching that everyone’s a theologian. “However, Dr. Sproul would be quick to add that not everyone is a good theologian,” it read. That caveat applies to Americans in general and evangelicals too.
Overall, adults in the US are moving away from orthodox understandings of God and his Word year after year. More than half of the country (53%) now believes Scripture “is not literally true,” up from 41 percent when the biannual survey began in 2014.
The Bible is not literally true
Researchers called the rejection of the divine authorship of the Bible the “clearest and most consistent trend” over the eight years of data.
“This view makes it easy for individuals to accept biblical teaching that they resonate with while simultaneously rejecting any biblical teaching that is out of step with their own personal views or broader cultural values,” the researchers wrote.
It’s clear that US evangelicals (defined by belief and church affiliation) share some core faith convictions. Well over 90 percent agree that God is perfect, God exists in three persons, Jesus’ bodily resurrection is real, and people are made righteous not through works but through faith in him.
But in some areas, even evangelicals responded with significant misunderstandings and were not far off from the trends in society overall.
In the 2022 survey, around a quarter of evangelicals (26%) said the Bible is not literally true, up from 15 percent in 2020. They also became more likely to consider religious belief “a matter of personal opinion” and “not about objective truth”; 38 percent said so in 2022, compared to 23 percent in 2020.
Here are the Top 5 Heresies Among American Evangelicals in this year’s survey:
Source: Christianity Today, Stefani McDade