The Evangelical Church is Sick in the Head
Every two years Ligonier Ministries does survey work in American and the U.K. to get a temperature of the state of theology in the world. Their 2018 findings show an increase in biblical illiteracy among evangelicals as demonstrated by deficient biblical views. Sixty percent of evangelical respondents affirmed “Religious belief is a matter of personal opinion; it is not about objective truth.” Seventy-eight percent affirmed that Jesus was created by God.
In short, the evangelical church is sick in the head. Which means we’re also sick in the heart. I’m remdinded of Martin Luther’s strong rebuke in his Shorter Catechism. “Mercy! Good God!” Luther exclaimed, “what manifold misery I beheld! The common people, especially in the villages, have no knowledge whatever of Christian doctrine, and, alas! many pastors are altogether incapable and incompetent to teach … ”
An evangelical population without a biblical worldview makes sense of a whole lot of the dumb stuff you hear evangelicals saying and see them doing today. There’s one cure and it will only be found in a return to the Bible, biblical teaching and preaching, and good, old-fashioned discipleship. Only one Book has the key. Let us take and read, and teach others to do the same.