Whatever Happened to Evangelical Christianity?

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Introduction – What Does It Mean To Be Evangelical?

Evangelical – of, relating to, or being in agreement with the Christian gospel especially as it is presented in the four Gospels. (Webster)

In a 2007 survey by the Barna Group (a leading research organization focused on the intersection of faith and culture), 38% of the respondents self-identified as evangelical, suggesting a large segment of the U.S. fit this designation. However, of those respondents adhering to Barna’s nine-point criteria for being an evangelical, only 9% of the respondents could be considered to meet the definition of evangelical. These nine points are:

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2 thoughts on “Whatever Happened to Evangelical Christianity?”

  1. Hi Steve, interesting post, actually it’s kind of sad and makes me almost sick to my stomach. I really dislike what I see coming from the so called far right white evangelicals, the rhetoric and the double standards. It seems to me that Satan is having a field day and the onslaught just never seems to stop. As you may be aware, I ran into a bit of an exchange a couple of weeks ago with a Christian brother who took offence with me even inferring that some within Christianity may be losing sight of our primary commission because of politics. I’m definitely not for abortion but I also would have a hard time hitching my wagon to a train that is extremely distasteful, in the name of making political gains via legislation that doesn’t change hearts. It seems to me that Satan has devised a win/win situation, no matter which way you turn, because we are focusing on political power versus acknowledging the more fundamental problem, which is in my estimation, the results of turning away from following the Great Commission that Jesus gave us and not turnly coming under His Lordship. I know it is an extremely complex situation and the apparent solution is a bandaid at best, to a sore that is festering beneath. And to make it even worse, the bandaid is dirty, or that is the way that I see it. Divisions within divisions. Terrible. I am a Canadian so I have no right to even criticize, not to mention, we’re not doing any better here in Canada. I have found that I must disengage and answer to our Lord for myself alone. I am but one extremely small voice in an extremely complex problem that I have no means of bringing under control. I see nothing in scripture that tells me I have the right to demonize or shut the door on individual people that belong to a political organization that is at odds with legislation that I would like to see enacted. The underlying problem is spiritual and the only solution is also spiritual, with our Lord at the helm. I’m 74 years old, I’ve never seen anything like this in my entire life, not to this extent, not with the possible repercussions that lay waiting at the door. Satan and his buddies are celebrating because of the successes they are having. God is allowing it, it fits into His plan and Satan will not like the final chapter. Maybe this is all part of the great falling away that Jesus said would happen during the birth pangs preceding His return. It’s not going to be pretty.

    Sorry for the long comment, you strike me as a very rational man who thinks things through. Hopefully you won’t mind my intrusion and if there is any offence taken here, please know that is not even on my objective radar, just trying to make sense of what I see and comprehend it all. Blessings brother.

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    1. No offence taken. While I consider myself an evangelical Christian, and do not expect the “world” to adhere to my standards and beliefs, I strive to speak the truth in love (not always successfully). I believe the vast majority of evangelical Christians feel the same, but we must guard continually against the yeast of the Pharisees. Yes, we are brothers. God bless you too!

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