What Americans think about God

Ligonier Ministries and LifeWay Research recently teamed up to survey 3,000 Americans on topics like God, sin, salvation, the Bible, ethics, and more. The 2016 State of American Theology survey revealed some surprising and sad results.

Research like this reminds us of the need for relevant, biblical material that really connects with your teens and points them to Christ. For example, the survey revealed that there is a clear correlation between regular church attendance and correct biblical thinking. Our study on Growing in Christ’s Church zeroes in on this issue and helps teens answer, Why is church so important and why should I go? youth pastor and teens

The survey also revealed that only 5 out of 10 evangelicals think sex outside of marriage is a sin. Identity & Purpose explores God’s design for marriage and sex and many other foundational issues your teens need to grasp.

As you look at some of these results, pray for your teens to hold fast to God’s Word as the source of truth and life instead of the culture around them. You can see more survey results here.

  • 64% of Americans agree “God accepts the worship of all religions, including Christianity, Judaism and Islam.”
  • Only 19% of Americans agree “Even the smallest sin deserves eternal damnation.”
  • 44% agree “The Bible, like all sacred writings, contains helpful accounts of ancient myths but is not literally true.”
  • 59% of Americans agree “Worshiping alone or with one’s family is a valid replacement for regularly attending church.”



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