Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Danger of Losing Scripture |

Christians say that we are people of the Book, but increasingly we don’t read the Book.

In a recent article, Ed Stetzer points out some startling data: “A recent LifeWay Research study found only 45 percent of those who regularly attend church read the Bible more than once a week. More than 40 percent of the people attending read their Bible occasionally, maybe once or twice a month. Almost one in five churchgoers say they never read the Bible—essentially the same number who read it every day…

“Our lack of biblical literacy has led to a lack of biblical doctrine. LifeWay Research found that while 67 percent of Americans believe heaven is a real place, 45 percent believe there are many ways to get there—including one in five evangelical Christians. More than half of evangelicals (59%) believe the Holy Spirit is a force and not a personal being—in contrast to the orthodox biblical teaching of the Trinity being three Persons in one God. As a whole, Americans, including many Christians, hold unbiblical views on hell, sin, salvation, Jesus, humanity and the Bible itself.” (

In his article, Ed argues, “Small groups are key to combating and changing the epidemic of biblical illiteracy.” That’s certainly a key factor; so is faithful, consistent biblical preaching that opens God’s Word to the people in a way they can understand it and grasp its implications for their lives.

As we move into the back-to-school season, let’s commit ourselves also to get back-to-Bible in preaching that opens hearts and impacts lives.

Michael Duduit
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