by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) – A new study has shown that just 43% of pastors hold a Biblical worldview on sin, salvation, and a person’s relationship with God, the Christian Post reports. A Biblical worldview is the belief that Jesus Christ is the only hope for salvation and eternal life, that the Lord calls for men and women to repent of their sins and turn to Him.
Published on Thursday, the nationwide study was carried out by the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University and polled around 1000 pastors.
The study found that more than six out of ten pastors (62%) do not hold to a New Testament view on salvation, but rather ascribe to a hybrid worldview known as Syncretism, CP reports.
Syncretism is the combining of different beliefs, the merging of several ways of thinking.
The study also showed that only 13% of teaching pastors and 12% of children’s and youth pastors have a biblical worldview, CP reports. Only 4% of executive pastors were found to hold a Biblical worldview.
“God is in the transformation business,” George Barna, director of the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University told CP.
“Pastors who are willing to allow Him to transform their thinking and behavior can emerge from that process as a powerful example of what can happen when one’s heart, mind, and soul are surrendered to God. It certainly seems that if America is going to experience a spiritual revival, that awakening is needed just as desperately in our pulpits as in the pews.”
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