Anyone else think enough is enough with the surveys that attempt to denigrate and destroy Christianity? Yes I’m talking to you Barna Group. Unless the results of these surveys are intending to bring glory to God and shine a light on our Savior Jesus Christ, then I say enough already. These surveys continually focus on the negative of how few Christians there are now, or how many are moving from this denomination to that one, and now this: Most U.S. Christians don’t believe that Satan is a real being or that the Holy Spirit is a living entity. Well I’ve got a news flash to those performing the survey, if these are your results, then the people you’re interviewing are not Christians! The fact of the matter is that surveys are a cheap effective way to skew personal opinion in any direction you want. It works the same in the political world as it does in the religious world.
Here’s a quote, on the latest survey, from George Barna, founder of The Barna Group and author of books analyzing research concerning America’s faith, “Most Americans, even those who say they are Christian, have doubts about the intrusion of the supernatural into the natural world. Hollywood has made evil accessible and tame, making Satan and demons less worrisome than the Bible suggests they really are,” he said. “It’s hard for achievement-driven, self-reliant, independent people to believe that their lives can be impacted by unseen forces.” Really? Let me caveat that statement, “It’s hard for those who don’t believe that Jesus Christ was sent by God the Father to die on the cross for our sins, raised again on the third day, and left us the Holy Spirit to guide us, to believe that their lives can be impacted by this great gift.”
The following qualifying statement was made regarding the survey, “The Barna report is based on telephone interviews for two surveys among people who described themselves as Christians. A total of 1,871 adults were randomly selected from across the 48 continental states, with the first 873 interviews conducted in January and February 2008, and the remaining 998 interviews conducted in November 2008.” Here are the real results from this survey, that should make you stand up and take notice: those who describe themselves as Christians, specifically those who took part in this survey, are under a false assumption that they are a children of God. I know you must be thinking how can I make such a claim, but it’s simple really. The Bible tells us that Satan, or Lucifer, is not merely a manifestation of evil, but an actual being, or angel, that was cast out of heaven. Revelation 12:9, Job 1:7 To discount this truth is to deny the inerrant and infallible Word of God.
The second part of this survey, regarding the Holy Spirit, is the most important and discredits the entire survey. A person cannot claim to be “Christian” and deny the existence of the Holy Spirit. The Christian faith is built around the Trinitarian belief that God exists as 3 in 1 with His Son and the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19 The Holy Spirit lives within everyone who has accepted Christ as their Savior. In fact, Jesus himself says that He will send us the Holy Spirit in John 15:26, “When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me.”
This survey can be summed up in one verse, one scripture of Truth that at the same time addresses both of these doubts that the so-called “Christians” are having. In Matthew 4:1 scripture tells us, “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.” If you doubt that any part of that verse is true, then you doubt the truths of the Bible. In fact this survey should actually be titled, “Many Americans are Unsure of what it means to be a Christian, doubt beliefs”
“Test everything. Hold on to the good” I Thessalonians 5:21