“Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2 (HCSB)
George Barna reported in American Worldview Inventory 2022-2023, that less than 50% of Evangelical pastors have a Biblical worldview that has not be impacted/infected by culture. This influence is called Syncretism, which is simply adapting other beliefs to one’s worldview, even if it is contradictory. The reason this percentage is so shocking is because by definition evangelicals believe that the Bible is God’s true and reliable word. The percentage is even worse or roughly the same among independent, Charismatic, Pentecostal, Black congregations and even Baptist pastors. It is no wonder that less than 10% of church going parents have a Biblical worldview. And since one can only give away what they have themselves, pastors aren’t passing on a Biblical worldview to their congregations. And subsequently, our children are not even coming close to having one, because parents can only give away what they got. For example, shockingly, only 30% of born-again parents embrace the existence of Bible based, absolute moral truth!
Consequently, this falls on the pastors and our churches. We need to teach our churches strong doctrinal truth, not just preaching to make our congregations feel better about themselves. For example, we need to focus our teaching on such topics as…
•Who is God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, and our identity as His children.
•The reliability and authority of the Word of God.
•How to live according to God’s ways (i.e. obedience).
•Sin and our need for a Savior.
•Salvation is found in no other name but Jesus Christ.
•There is an absolute truth which we can know, and we don’t get to determine what that is. God is the basis for all truth!
•The purpose of man is to know, love, enjoy and obey God and to share Him with those who don’t know Him. And apart of God we fall short of fulfilling our destiny and purpose in this life.
•The reality of hell and the only way to heaven is through Jesus Christ.
•The sanctity of life.
•Sexual purity, marriage between a man & woman and God given gender.
•Salt and light involvement in the world, including in politics and government!
The bottom-line is, man (or a man) will not save our nation or world. The coming elections are not going to break us free from the demonic choke hold that we are under. Only a sovereign move of God. We need revival and reformation. Both are necessary! We need signs and wonders to accompany the preaching of His word. We need disciple-making churches to equip this generation with a Biblical worldview. And it starts with repentance and drawing near to God. And the crazy thing about it is, it only takes a remnant of say, 2%, to change our nation!
Will you be one of the remnant? Will you believe even when everything appears to the opposite? Will you trust the Lord with all your heart, even when you don’t understand? Ask God to show you any place where your worldview has been compromised, and tainted by the culture we live in. Ask God to convict your pastor in every place where he has allowed non-biblical beliefs to ooze into his worldview. Ask for a sovereign and powerful move of the Holy Spirit at your church, and that every god that has snuck in would be exposed and cast out. Cry out for revival and reformation in our city and nation, starting with you!