It’s all good?

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We talked about this in an earlier post, but earlier this month the Pew Report indicated most people believe there are several ways to heaven.

From the ABP story on the study:

On the “one true faith” question, 70 percent of all Americans affiliated with religious traditions said there were multiple routes to eternal life. Among all Protestants, the figure was only slightly lower — at 66 percent.

Those who identified as members of evangelical churches were slightly more evenly divided on the question – with 57 percent affirming multiple faiths’ access to heaven and 36 percent insisting that their faith was the only true one.

But respondents who identified themselves as Southern Baptists were more reflective of the general population’s views on the subject: 61 percent said many religions could lead to a positive hereafter, while 33 percent said their faith was the only route to salvation.

If I’m a pastor, this concerns me. As a Baptist, I’m concerned. What do we need to do to combat this?

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2 Responses to “It’s all good?”

  1. TheDeeZone Says:

    As a Gen-Xer who grew up in BGCT churches during the 70’s and 80’s this is something I have been pondering. I know that during this time many churches did away with the older discipleship program (Training Union) and many did not replace it with a viable alternative. Also, especially as a teenager I can remember very little instruction on how to live out my faith, share it or even why we believed certain things. There was a move away from anything resembling doctrine. I even had teachers say doctrine was bad we just needed to believe the Bible. Also, we had a lot of instruction about Revelation and the like.

    Also, I have observed that many people see Baptist, Methodist, etc as different religions and not different flavors of the same religion. How was religion defined in the study.

  2. Ken Coffee Says:

    Does it really matter what people think? What matters is what the Bible says. “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4: 12 NIV. Since this verse occurred during a discussion of the Christ who healed a man, I perceive 4:12 was talking about Jesus. Once again we are reminded that we have not done a really great job of educating Christians in our churches.

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