Shocker: ‘Born Again’ Distortions of God’s Word Disturbing

Craig HueyChurch, God's Word12 Comments

Three out of 10 adults in America say they are born again Christians.

But what some of them believe in is something else entirely.

First, what is a born again Christian?

A born again Christian is someone who has repented of their sins and turned to Christ for their salvation, and as a result has become part of God’s family forever.

Most born again adults have biblically correct beliefs on a variety of matters, but are completely inaccurate on others.

While many born again adults have a biblical worldview, they do have a hodgepodge of unbiblical beliefs.

Here are the results of George Barna’s excellent survey:

  1. 9 out of 10 (89%) born again Christians have an orthodox view of the nature of God.
  2. 4 of 5 (82%) agree that God is alive and active in peoples’ lives.
  3. 4 of 5 agree that all people are sinners (79%)
  4. 4 of 5 say same-sex marriage is inappropriate (78%).
  5. Three-quarters (76%) concur that the Bible is God’s Word and has no errors.
  6. 2 out of every 3 born agains believe God created the universe as described in the Book of Genesis (66%).
  7. 2 of 3 believe the Bible is totally accurate in all the life principles it teaches (64%).

That’s bad. With proper teaching all the results above should have been 100% … but it gets worse:

  1. Less than 6 out of 10 (58%) believe that Satan exists.
  2. Only half believe that Jesus lived a sinless life (52%)
  3. Less than half believe that absolute moral truth exists and is found in the scriptures (47%).
  4. More than half believe the Holy Spirit is a symbol but does not actually exist.


And it gets even worse.

The truth about eternal salvation appears to be a mystery to most born again adults:

  1. Only 37% argue that it is impossible to earn one’s way to Heaven.
  2. Sharing the good news with non-believers is ignored by most born agains. Only one-third (34%) believe they have a responsibility to share their faith in Christ to non-believers.
  3. 75% claim that all people are basically good, thus disputing the biblical teaching that people are not basically good because of mankind’s sin nature.
  4. The survey found that only 46% of born agains read the Bible during a typical week.
  5. One-third of them (34%) say they prefer socialism to capitalism.

In other results, a recent survey based on the question “what awaits you after you die on earth” provided the following:

  1. Only 30% (the born again Christians) said, “I know I will go to Heaven because I have confessed my sins and accepted Jesus Christ as my savior.”
  2. 25% said they had no idea what would happen to them after they died.
  3. 9% said they would go to Heaven because they were a good person.
  4. 7% said they would go to Heaven because God loves all people and will not let them perish.
  5. 6% said they would go to Heaven because they have tried to obey God’s rules.
  6. 7% said they would be reincarnated, returning to Earth as a different person or life form.

Shocking results, to be sure.

But nothing that cannot be overcome by daily scripture readings, which would help iron out theological waffling.

A good example of “searching for the truth” is found with the Berean Jews in Acts 17:11:

“Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”

And pastors must teach.

They must teach the whole truth, not just “seeker friendly” studies.

They need to teach the entire Word of God, from Genesis to Revelation, without compromise and with God’s love.

We are warned about the consequences of improper teaching in 2 Tim. 4:3:

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”

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12 Comments on “Shocker: ‘Born Again’ Distortions of God’s Word Disturbing”

  1. What was the age range of the group that were surveyed? I’m thinkjng if they are young then these results make sense. Our culture today twists God’s truth.

  2. Part of what your results show could be accounted for by ambiguity in the language used to frame the question. For example the question about God creating the universe could be understood as asking if one accepts the “young earth” version of God creating the universe. I don’t believe that the Bible says this, but others believe that it does.

    Even so, I was surprised that some of your results were as positive as they were. For example, 78% believe that same sex marriage is wrong. All that most people hear is the viewpoint of those that advocate for acceptance us such arrangements. Pastors are often afraid to even bring up this topic, and rightfully so. While they would be Biblically correct, there is credibility to their fear that lawsuits and government actions could shut down that local assembly and bankrupt them.

    1. Why would Pastors be “rightfully so” to be afraid of bringing up this topic of same-sex marriage? Did Jesus tell everyone to be timid?? NO, He did not. The Pastors who are afraid, are only afraid of what “man” can do to them. Did Jesus say to be afraid of what man can do to them?? NO, He did not. All that most people hear is the WORLD’S viewpoint that advocates for “acceptance” of this sin. You need to get your focus OFF the world’s viewpoint and ONTO Jesus’ and the Bible’s viewpoint. Homosexuality and same-sex marriage ARE SINS, pure and simple. Who are these 5-4 vote Supreme Court Justices to tell everyone that 6000 years of man/woman marriage is not the only way, and especially God’s way?? Hmmm?? THINK BIBLICALLY.

  3. One thing about the Bible, it’s definitely non-fiction and you cant pick & choose. No doubt about Noah’s Flood but I still have problems with the Young Earth thing, and were only about 6000 years old. Yes , I am aware of Ken Ham & his Answers in Genesis videos..

  4. Seems you do not understand the Biblical command to be “Born Again”.
    How are we Born Again?
    Jesus said “Except ye be Born Again of the – WATER – (this is Baptism in the name of Jesus Christ FOR the Remission of our sins, see ACTS 2:38.39) –
    AND of the – SPIRIT – (this is receiving the Holy Ghost (evidenced by speaking in other tongues) or in a language you do not know),
    you SHALL NOT INHERIT the Kingdom of Heaven. VITAL TO OUR SALVATION!….

  5. I believe 6000 years comes from the geneologies listed in both New and Old Testament going back to Adam and this gives you 6000 years.

  6. Ruth, how can you even say “seems you do not understand the Biblical command to be “Born Again?” I don’t believe you even understand the Scriptures either! Being born of the Water means being born from your mother’s womb where you were encased in a womb full of water, we all were! Remember how the ‘water bag’ breaks and then the baby is born?! Being born of the Spirit is about your soul! Since Adam & Eve sinned by disobeying God in the Garden of Eden, we are their offspring and consequently, we are all sinners. There are ‘saved’ sinners and there are ‘lost’ sinners. In the New Testament book of John Chapter 3, Jesus explained to the thief tax collector Nicodemus how he needed to be ‘born again’. Nick wondered how he could crawl back into his mother’s womb to be ‘born again’ and Jesus explained that “unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit,” and “that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal (everlasting) life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world THROUGH HIM might be save.” Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost.” Consequently, Nicodemus and his household all became “born again” that day! Consider the two thieves on the cross at Crucifixion day also. One angrily told Jesus if He really was the all powerful Christ, to come down off the cross and save Himself and them too. The wiser thief scolded him and said Jesus was hanging there for no wrong-doing whatsoever but that they deserved their punishment for their sinful bad doings. He then turned to Jesus and said, “Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” Jesus did not say, “No, you were not baptized,” nor did He say, “No, you did not attend church” or “No, you are really a bad person.” Jesus told the second thief, “TODAY you will be with Me in Paradise.” Awesome. So as Romans 10:9 through 13 says “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame. For there is no difference between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all, is rich TO ALL WHO CALL UPON HIM. For whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.” AMEN

  7. Jesus was baptized BY BEING IMMERSED in the River Jordan by John the Baptist. We are Not sprinkled with water but we are ‘dunked’ in the water which is a picture of Jesus Christ’s Death, Burial and Resurrection. When we go down in the water, it is said that “we are buried in the likeness of His death, and raised in the likeness of His resurrection.” The water doesn’t clean us! We are baptized After we are “born again” and receive Christ into our hearts, not baptized to be born again. We are then ‘new creatures’; “old things will pass away and all things will become new.” Now we must follow the Lord’s commands and share our “new birth” with the lost. Our Great America needs our CONSTANT prayers. As 2 Chronicles 7:14 says (to Christians): “If My people who are called by my name, will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” AMEN!

  8. Hello Estelle: Nice to meet you.
    Estelle many ppl have been so misled for so long by those that are just ignorant about the Word of God.
    What I posted is the Truth, ACTS 2:38 is God’s plan for Salvation for everyone. When we want to know the Truth, we must go to the Truth and find the Bible answers, isn’t that right?

    You quote when Jesus, in Jhn 3: 1-21 pls review, met with Nicodemus and discussed with him regarding “being born again”. Jesus told him “10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?
    Thus Jesus meant that Nicodemus did NOT understand by saying “..can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
    NO and that is why every convert was Baptized in the NAME of Jesus Christ FOR the Remission of sins AND were filled with the Holy Ghost/Spirit evidenced by speaking in other tongues. THIS is what took place at Pentecost & “Tongues” was the “sign” the Apostles listened for in their converts also. Acts 10: 44-47 …”For they HEARD THEM speak with Tongues and magnify God.
    On Salvation & the Church of Jesus Christ: When did it begin?
    Scripture: Kjv..Luke 24: 46-47 (This is Jesus speaking/giving instructions to His Apostles knowing His departure was imminent.
    46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:

    47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. (Note: This is the formula that peter & all the Apostles preached for Salvation).
    Paul: ALSO St Paul had to obey this commandment before beginning his ministry. Acts 9.
    Paul told us: “Forbid NOT to speak in tongues.. 1 Cor 14:39
    > WATER BAPTISM: ALL the Apostles Baptized by submerging the soul in water and invoking the
    ‘NAME (not His titles) The Lord Jesus Christ over them, thus God remitting their sins by this act of obedience. (THIS totally disproves the natural “womb” idea, which is a false man made doctrine)
    Every Baptism that you will find in the New Testament beginning at Jerusalem at Pentecost was done in accordance to ACTS 2:38 as Jesus had commanded them!!


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