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Teach us Your way, Lord, that we may walk in Your truth, and unite our hearts to fear Your Name. For Jesus’ sake, amen.
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Analysis. Earlier this year, Lifeway Research and Ligonier Ministries released the fascinating findings of their biannual joint effort to gauge the theological climate in the U.S., both inside and outside evangelical church circles. The report, titled The State of Theology, summarizes the results of surveys conducted among American citizens and evangelical Christians. It defines evangelicals as those who strongly agree with the statements that the Bible is the highest authority for what they believe, that it is important to encourage nonbelievers to trust Christ as Lord and Savior, that Jesus’ death on the cross is the only sacrifice that can remove the penalty for one’s sin, and that only those who trust Christ as Savior and Lord will receive the gift of eternal life.

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The two ministries aim to provide insights into where the American and Church cultures are headed in terms of belief in God and of core biblical doctrines, to help churches become more effective in their evangelism and discipleship.

According to the report, Americans increasingly reject the Bible’s divine origin and authority, putting it at the same level as other religious texts. Only 53% agree with the statement that “the Bible, like all sacred writings, contains helpful accounts of ancient myths but is not necessarily true.” In 2014 the percentage was 41%.

Perhaps more disturbingly, evangelicals appear to follow a similar trend. 26% now agree with that statement, while only 17% agreed in 2014. Why a rising rejection that the Bible is divinely authored and literally true? It is most likely related to greater numbers of evangelicals stating that religious beliefs are a matter of personal opinion rather than objective truth. In 2022, 38% agreed with that statement, up from 32% eight years ago. Moreover, 56% agreed with the statement that God accepts all religions, including Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, up from 48% in 2014. Other findings include more evangelicals believing that Jesus was a good teacher but was not God (43%), that gender identity is a matter of choice (37%), and that the Bible’s condemnation of homosexuality doesn’t apply today (28%). Outside church circles, 42% of Americans surveyed believe that gender identity is a matter of choice, and 46% believe that the Bible’s condemnation of homosexuality as a sin doesn’t apply today.

The report concludes:

The 2022 State of Theology survey reveals that Americans increasingly reject the divine origin and complete accuracy of the Bible. With no enduring plumb line of absolute truth to conform to, U.S. adults are also increasingly holding to unbiblical worldviews related to human sexuality. In the evangelical sphere, doctrines including the deity and exclusivity of Jesus Christ, as well as the inspiration and authority of the Bible, are increasingly being rejected. While positive trends are present, including evangelicals’ views on abortion and sex outside of marriage, an inconsistent biblical ethic is also evident, with more evangelicals embracing a secular worldview in the areas of homosexuality and gender identity. 

These results convey the ongoing need for the church to be engaged in apologetics, helping unbelievers by providing a well-reasoned defense of the Christian faith, and helping believers by strengthening their clarity and conviction regarding why they believe what they do. Additionally, the people of God must continue to obey the Great Commission by communicating the whole counsel of God in biblical evangelism and discipleship. The need is great, but the power and promises of God can equip the church to bring truth and light to a deceived and dark world.

That is cause for concern, and for intercessors it is a reason to step up our prayers for the American Church. We are in danger of compromising our core beliefs and losing the clarity and intensity of our prophetic voice to the nation, which is to call upon every citizen to come to faith in Christ and embrace God’s design for life as laid out in the Bible if we are to live up to our claim that we are one nation under God.

Fervent prayer can change that. I believe God has ordained to work mightily through the prayers of His people, even to the reversal of negative trends. I also believe that He is setting the stage for another Great Awakening to add to the number of people of His own possession (1 Peter 2:9) — the multitude from every tribe and nation that stands before His throne in heaven to praise His name (Revelation 7:9).

The trend away from biblical beliefs in American society should probably come as no surprise. I grew up in Europe, where 50 years ago the majority of people would consider themselves to be Christian and God-fearing, though perhaps not necessarily evangelical. Today, only 18% regularly attend church, and in most of Western Europe, less than 2% identify as evangelical in their beliefs. I know from first-hand experience what that does to evangelism and church-planting: Our best efforts to preach the gospel in Amsterdam fell mostly on deaf ears or met with ridicule and sometimes even sabotage. At least in the Netherlands, post-Christian thinking has become predominant, and the overwhelming majority of my fellow countrymen no longer consider the Bible and Christianity to be relevant for today.

The U.S. is rapidly heading that way as well, and some of this country’s thinking is beginning to undermine orthodox, biblical adherences in the Church too. This is evidence that “the god of this age” is blinding the minds of Americans more and more, undermining God’s Church wherever he can.

But we are not deterred. These surveys underscore the signs of the Last Days we see around us as the fear of God is eroded. This gives way to whatever seems right in men’s own eyes. The erosion of faithfulness to the Scripture within the Church may very well signal a season of apostasy among many who profess to be Christians. It separates those who want to follow cultural trends from those who dare to be countercultural and stay faithful to God’s word.

There are signs of awakening. Even in spiritually mostly dead Holland, revivals are beginning to take place even as we speak. The gospel cannot be silenced. The Holy Spirit cannot be defeated. Only to the degree that God allows will any slide away from orthodox biblical belief continue, and God will use for good what Satan intends for evil.

So let’s pray for a new and mighty work of the Holy Spirit in the Church and the nation: In the Church, to return to the knowledge of and faithfulness to the word of God; in the nation, to realize how far we are drifting away from the God Whose word is embedded in our Constitution and to repentantly return.

Father of lights, You are the author of truth. Today we unite our hearts and voices to express our dismay and concern over the slide away from Your word, from faith in You as the only true God, and from embracing the sacrifice of Jesus Christ as the only source of our salvation. We pray that You would ignite in the hearts of Christians a holy hunger for Your word, brokenheartedness over a nation drifting further away from You, and a renewed commitment to bring the gospel to every man, woman, and child in the United States. Revive us again. Teach us Your way, O Lord, that we may walk in Your truth. And unite our hearts, so that we may fear Your holy name. Amen. 

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Remco Brommet is a pastor, spiritual-growth teacher, and prayer leader with over 40 years of experience in Europe, Southeast Asia, Africa, and the U.S. Born and raised in the Netherlands and having pastored his first church in Amsterdam, he moved to the U.S. in 1986. He and his wife, Jennifer, live north of Atlanta. When not writing books, he blogs and assists his wife as a content developer and prayer coordinator for True Identity Ministries. Jennifer and Remco are passionate about bringing people into a deeper relationship with Christ. Photo Credit: Stephen Leonardi on Unsplash.

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November 21, 2022

So much appreciated the information on what is going on in our country and around the world. Lord revive us again. Make us salt and light in our dark, dark world.

Deborah R
November 20, 2022

Yes Lord. Every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord over all.
May all divisive distraction be exposed to minimize spreading the gospel and highlight discord, in the name of Jesus Christ.
May unity of purpose the cross provides to believers in Messiah be a fixed goal in these end time trials during harvest season, in the bane of Hesus Christ.

Wendell Owens
November 19, 2022

I will preach on this very subject this coming Sunday @ 1:30 pm Mountain Time on my Facebook live stream. You may join me to hear and reply on my sermon at Wendell Owens on Facebook. The Title will be, “The Great Falling Away has come, and the Great Revival is next.”
Rev. Wendell Owens – State of New Mexico Prayer Leader

Barbara Janicki
November 19, 2022

In a world of constant change, God’s eternal, living Word is the only constant. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews13:8) And Jesus is the Living Word – “and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” The Bible is God’s eternal, infallible truth against which we measure every idea, decree etc. of man – it is relevant for every age precisely because it is a living Word, “sharper than any two-edged sword” – if we discount God’s Word or consider it no different than any other human book, we have lost our foundation for belief and most certainly we will lose our way and be led astray by the right sounding philosophies of men. “There is a way which seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” Praying that many will yet come to know the Truth found only in God’s word, be set free by it and be able to recognize lies and deceits because they know the truth. I pray this prayer for us all – “To Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy – to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.” (Jude 24) Jesus is able to keep me from falling, from falling prey to the false arguments of men. Lord help me to keep my eyes on You, so I can be Your light in all the dark places and in the darkened thinking of this world. You alone are the light, apart from You I would be walking in darkness. “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” (Isaiah 9:2) http://www.mtothe5th.wordpress.com

Robert Taylor
November 19, 2022

Oh Lord please awaken our Pastors to their responsibility of calling out evil and our responsibility to repent of this post modern secular humanistic influence that has deceived so many. In Jesus Name Amen.

November 19, 2022

I pray for a powerful revival. About pouring of the Holy Spirit to convict us and turn our hearts to the Lord and his Word

Susan Eddlemon
November 19, 2022

“turn us again, O Lord God of hosts, and cause your face to shine, and we shall be saved!” …. From Psalm 80

November 19, 2022

My wife and I have recently learned of a Pastoral movement with a small group of Pastors that supports such a reawakening of Evangelicals. We pray that this Pastoral movement by work of the HOLY SPIRIT gains steam if it is the LORD’S WILL, and Pastors come together unite in this Nation to stand for the inerrant WORD of GOD as written in the HOLY BIBLE.

November 19, 2022

We need another board. Another research to determine what we all know. Get back to the basics in church. YHE BIBLE. Use some ministry programs in church to lovingly deliver and bring healing to individuals and families. There are Cleansing Stream Classes. Restore the Foundation that I know of off the top of my mind. There are many other helps ministries. Get them incorporated and get relevant in homes so we can help children with their God given identities. This would eliminate us from looking like the political government and a business. We better do it YESTERDAY.

November 19, 2022

The statistics are truly alarming and the basis for extended prayer for a world gone mad, headed for destruction. But this is not unseen by the Father. He knows this full well.

The pattern of the old testament indicates a pendulum in the life of the nation of Israel swinging back and forth. When the children were far from Him, He sent disturbances to bring them back to Him and multiple blessings when they returned.

However, now we are to understand that a climax is coming to affect the entire world. The Father of mercy will not abandon people but still bring opportunities for many to repent. This is His initial intention mentioned multiple times in scripture. He wants all to be saved and escape His wrath but only via His sin offering of Jesus.

The strong spirit of deception and rebellion unleashed upon earth will ultimately swallow many to reject God’s overtures and turn as the Pharisees did against Jesus, Much is written in scriptures of where this is headed and will ultimately end.

While we are here as His light, we shine and point mankind to Him, watch and pray for His church, go and preach His gospel, show and tell His love, and finally seek Him every moment we breathe, till our tour here is done, and wait to hear Him say, “well done,”

    November 19, 2022

    Thank you sir..
    Very well said -your last paragraph clings to my heart as a daily prayer..
    Father may your kingdom become crowded with our families and friends!!
    All because of you JESUS!!

      Nancy Berkey
      November 19, 2022

      I pray for spiritual awakening in this country and world. In the Holy Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amén 🙏


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