Monday, December 13, 2010 10:14 AM

Theologically Illiterate

Monday, December 13, 2010 10:14 AM
Monday, December 13, 2010 10:14 AM

George Barna has identified six mega-themes for the church in 2010. I am going to blog on all six this week. Here is the first theme:

“1. The Christian Church is becoming less theologically literate.
What used to be basic, universally-known truths about Christianity are now unknown mysteries to a large and growing share of Americans--especially young adults. For instance, Barna Group studies in 2010 showed that while most people regard Easter as a religious holiday, only a minority of adults associate Easter with the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Other examples include the finding that few adults believe that their faith is meant to be the focal point of their life or to be integrated into every aspect of their existence. Further, a growing majority believe the Holy Spirit is a symbol of God's presence or power, but not a living entity. As the two younger generations (Busters and Mosaics) ascend to numerical and positional supremacy in churches across the nation, the data suggest that biblical literacy is likely to decline significantly. The theological free-for-all that is encroaching in Protestant churches nationwide suggests the coming decade will be a time of unparalleled theological diversity and inconsistency.” George Barna

The Bible predicts that the Gospel will lose its power and effectiveness and we see this throughout the church. It is only going to get worse. Fathers are going to be the last safeguard for God’s word; sadly not the church, not Sunday school, or summer Bible school.

1Cor13.8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. [i] When “will pass away” is used here it means ? to cause something to be unproductive, use up, exhaust, waste.[ii] ? to cause something to lose its power or effectiveness, invalidate, make powerless

2Timothy4.3For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. 5 As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

The gospel will lose its effectiveness because people will not be able to receive and understand the truth, they will be led by those that are well meaning, but not well taught. We can clearly see that entertainment is already overtaking sound teaching. Diversity and tolerance are causing the Christian to stay quiet and if a Christian does the work of an evangelist they will have to endure suffering. We already see the truth of these verses in our Christian life today.

[i] The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001 (1 Co 13:8). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

[ii] Arndt, W., Danker, F. W., & Bauer, W. (2000). A Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament and other early Christian literature (3rd ed.) (525). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

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