Granger Community Church near South Bend, Indiana recently surveyed their members. They wanted to know the actual beliefs of the congregation.
Among the surprising results were the following:
- 57% of attendees do not believe in the authority of the Bible.
- 56% of attendees do not believe that Jesus is the only way to eternal life.
- 47% of attendees do not believe in salvation by grace.
There are a variety of explanations for these results, and I’d love to know why you think they came out this way.
The GCC isn’t happy about this. But they’re spinning this to say it’s a good thing — it gives them somewhere to go:
But I can think of some worse statistics. I would much rather be in a church where 57% don’t believe in the Bible than in a church where 100% of those attending do believe in the Bible. That would be awful!
Imagine a church that was completely filled with those already convinced…where no one invited an unchurched friend…where the Christians had grown stagnant in their pursuit of knowledge and stopped putting the gospel into practice…where the church had made Jesus so unattractive that no one on a search for purpose or meaning would consider coming. If I found myself in such a church, I would be weeping.
Maybe atheists should take that same tactic.
What’s that you say? Only 20% of young adults are atheists?
See? We ought to consider ourselves lucky for being in the minority 🙂
(via Justice and Compassion)