According to an article siting a new Barna poll:
- 25 percent of “Born-again Christians hold universalist views.
- 26 percent say a person’s religion doesn’t matter–they all teach the same lessons.
- 40 percent say Christians and Muslims worship the same God.
“There are pressures in our culture to reduce the truth content of Scripture and then simply dismiss people by saying that they’re intolerant or narrow-minded … or bigoted without actually engaging the truth question at all. And that is really sad and in the long haul, horribly dangerous.”
Personally, I have been concerned for sometime at the lack of doctrinal specificity in the belief structures of Christians. Listening to worship leaders who truly love Christ and pastors who love the word of God who nevertheless reveal a shallowness of biblically saturated reflection on the nature of God.
Listen for instance to the prayers that are prayed on a typical Sunday morning by worship leaders, pastors, elders and deacons, and you will be subjected to prayers that reflect almost zero understanding of the Trinity. Now on one level we can sympathize. The Trinity is a great mystery. But can we at least avoid heresy that the church has condemned and brothers and sisters in Christ have died for?
The Father did not die on the cross. The Son did. The Father did not rise from the dead. The Son did. Jesus was not “100 percent man and 100 percent God.” That is a logical contradiction (see J.P. Moreland on this issue here.) He [Christ] was God “incarnate”, God in human flesh. He was one person, with two natures, one human and one divine.
These are truths that our brothers and sisters in the past have died for. These are biblical doctrines, designed to state what the whole of the Scripture teaches about the nature of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
This BLOG is a trumpet for evangelism and engagement with neighbors in the practical, nitty-gritty of life. But rich evangelistic thrust is not an excuse for soft-headed thinking about the nature of God. We need deep theological reflection over the greatness Christ, (“God was in Christ” [2 Cor. 5:19a]) and the greatness of the gospel (“reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.” [2 Cor. 5:19b])
Our Christ and our gospel are both glorious. Let’s make sure that is reflected in our prayers. It might help us produce a more theologically literate congregation for the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.