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Jesus came to make us law-abiding citizens of His heavenly Kingdom, but most Christians today are trying to apply our spiritual heritage to this earthly realm. We have neglected our spiritual responsibility to ". . . grow in grace (undeserved favor, spiritual strength) and recognition and knowledge and understanding of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 3:18), and are now trying to change the world instead of making disciples. We were told to make disciples into heavenly citizens, not change the world. "Go then and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you, and behold, I am with you all the days ( perpetually, uniformly, and on every occasion), to the [very] close and consummation of the age" (Matt. 28:19-20). The improvement that we all desire would have been automatic if we had followed God’s instructions, and the world would be a far better place than it is today.
The following simplified conclusions are drawn from Barna’s survey as well as other sources. Barna’s January 29, 2002 report was entitled American Faith is Diverse, as Shown Among Five Faith-Based Segments.
About 10% of the American people believe that the Bible is God’s inspired, authoritative Word and attempt to live by it. Another 70% call themselves Christians but have a declining appreciation and belief in God’s Word. About 10% are agnostic or atheistic, and the last 10% are of a non-Christian faith.
Therefore, we can conclude that only about 30 million people in the United States claim to believe and live according to the instructions found in the New Testament. Even among this group we would find teachings and practices that are contrary and detrimental to the Gospel, such as those found in the; Reconstructionists, Dominionists, Kingdom Now, Word of Faith, the Signs and Wonders Movement, the Human Potential Movement, and the so-called "Christian" Psychology Movement. Just a guess would narrow down the number of people holding true Biblical Christian beliefs to about 20 million or about 6.7% of the American population. This, I believe, is the reality that we must face and live with.
This survey that was taken in 2001, and other surveys have shown that the number of people turning from the Bible to other sources for enlightenment is continually increasing as the years go by. With these thoughts in mind it is easy to see why it has become increasingly difficult to find people who are receptive to Biblical Christianity. This also suggests to us the popularity of Christian ministries that are trying all kinds of schemes to attract people to Christ, such as the Purpose Driven lifestyle, and the Emerging Church beliefs.
As this apparent apostasy increases we should not be discouraged, but encouraged, because the coming of our Lord must be very close.
This American kind of "Christianity" has the appearance of what Samuel P. Huntington in his book Who Are We? calls civil religion:
"In the United States," Tocqueville said, "religion . . . is mingled with all the habits of the nation and all the feelings of patriotism, whence it derives a peculiar force." The mingling of religion and patriotism is evident in America’s civil religion. Writing in the 1960s, Robert Bellah defined civil religion, "at its best" as a "genuine apprehension of universal and transcendent religious reality as seen in or, one could almost say, as revealed through the experience of the American people." Civil religion enables Americans to bring together their secular politics and their religious society, to marry God and country, so as to give religious sanctity to their patriotism and nationalist legitimacy to their religious beliefs, and thus to merge what could be conflicting loyalties into loyalty to a religiously endowed country.
America’s civil religion provides a religious blessing to what Americans feel they have in common. It is perfectly compatible with each American belonging to his or her own denomination, believing in a Christian or non-Christian god, or being Deist, as were several of the Founding Fathers. It is not compatible, however, with being atheist, for it is a religion, invoking a transcendental Being apart from the terrestrial human world. p. 103
But, apart from its being American, what is that church? It is a church that has included Protestants, Catholics, Jews, other non-Christians, and even agnostics. . . . America’s civil religion is a nondenominational, national religion and, in its articulated form, not expressly a Christian religion. Yet it is thoroughly Christian in its origins, content, assumptions, and tone. The God in whom their currency says Americans trust is implicitly the Christian God. Two words, nonetheless, do not appear in civil religion statements and ceremonies. They are "Jesus Christ." While the American Creed is Protestantism without God, the American civil religion is Christianity without Christ. p.106
Can you imagine the confusion and frustration of being involved in this civil religious group? And it is this civil religion that is being promoted and used in an attempt to bring about the desired changes instead of God’s instructions to make disciples. Many in this same group try to use their influence in the political realm in the belief that it is God’s desire to use these measures to bring the world under His control, not realizing that it is Satan who is in the process of bringing this world under his control. After Satan’s short rule, Jesus will come and make the changes that man so foolishly attempts, and will then begin His millennial reign.
The Lord would probably say to people involved in these schemes, "Are you so foolish and so senseless and so silly? Having begun [your new life spiritually] with the [Holy] Spirit, are you now reaching perfection [by dependence] on the flesh?" (Gal. 3:3) Or – having failed to disciple people to grow in the Spirit, are you now going to change the world by using fleshly or worldly means?