It’s almost as if we’re now living in Sodom or Gomorrah. The results of this Barna survey are eye-opening: Of the only “6% who possess a biblical worldview and demonstrate a consistent understanding and application of biblical principles,” 25% say there is no absolute moral truth and 20% voted for Biden.
So not even 6% of Americans are real Christians.
Yet 69% of Americans self-identify as “Christians.” The survey explains:
It’s one thing to call yourself a fan of a sports team or a devotee of a particular brand. It’s something else altogether to call yourself by the name of the savior of humankind.
Jesus spoke to this issue during what is known as the Sermon on the Mount. During that exposition He admonished people to claim to be one of His followers only if they were seriously applying His principles in their life. “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’” (Matthew 7:21-23, NLT)
Obedience is of paramount importance to Jesus. He noted that a person would be His disciple if they obey His teachings (John 8:31). It follows, then, that when a person takes on the name “Christian” it refers to one who is striving to know and follow the teachings and example of Jesus Christ.
That is not always the case in contemporary America, as the Cultural Research Center data persuasively demonstrate.
“Too often, it seems, people who are simply religious, or regular churchgoers, or perhaps people who want a certain reputation or image embrace the label ‘Christian,’ regardless of their spiritual life and intentions” explained George Barna, the lead researcher at the Cultural Research Center. “’Christian’ has become somewhat of a generic term rather than a name that reflects a deep commitment to passionately pursuing and being like Jesus Christ.
American Worldview Inventory 2021 Release #6:
What Does It Mean When People Say They Are “Christian”?
Dr. George Barna, Director of Research, Cultural Research Center
Release Date: August 31, 2021
The true percentage is even lower. This serious situation has been going on for decades, and God has been trying to warn us. Here is one example in which God revealed the true percentage of those who were actually abiding in Christ to go to heaven when they died 43 years ago:
In 1979, a Baptist pastor, Howard Pittman actually DIED on his way to the hospital, and was told at the gates of heaven that only 2.5% of the people in the world were entering heaven.