First the bad news.
The Barna Group has just posted its most recent findings on the state of the church. None of it is surprising. If you would like to see all six “Megathemes,” click here.
I’ve only listed the first of the six. Below this sad first statement you’ll find links to two good messages by a couple of preachers from a bygone era. You may want hear a good message if you haven’t in awhile. They are from a couple of blogs I frequent.
From Charisma News Online:
1. The Christian Church is becoming less theologically literate.
What used to be basic, universally-known truths about Christianity are now unknown mysteries to a large and growing share of Americans–especially young adults. For instance, Barna Group studies in 2010 showed that while most people regard Easter as a religious holiday, only a minority of adults associate Easter with the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Other examples include the finding that few adults believe that their faith is meant to be the focal point of their life or to be integrated into every aspect of their existence. Further, a growing majority believe the Holy Spirit is a symbol of God’s presence or power, but not a living entity. As the two younger generations (Busters and Mosaics) ascend to numerical and positional supremacy in churches across the nation, the data suggest that biblical literacy is likely to decline significantly. The theological free-for-all that is encroaching in Protestant churches nationwide suggests the coming decade will be a time of unparalleled theological diversity and inconsistency.
The Man with the Sword in His Hand is by Major Ian Thomas and I heard it by going to Pearl’s blog “Be Thus Minded.”
If you would like to see Pearl’s post about Major Thomas, click here.
Ten Shekels and a Shirt is by Paris Reidhead and I heard it by going to Kari’s blog “Let Him Hear.”
If you would like to see Kari’s post about Mr. Reidhead, click here.
Both messages have simple truths that we don’t seem to hear much anymore.