Wednesday, March 08, 2006

What Do You Believe?

Thumbing through my files today, I came across a recent survey of U.S. teenagers (ages 11-19) who all attended churches of Christ. The survey was conducted by Robert Oglesby Jr. and Carley Dodd of Abilene Christian University and the results were rather disturbing.
  • 16% believe there is little difference between the church of Christ and denominations.
  • Only 10% think using musical instruments during church services is sinful.
  • Only 31% believe Christians should be very different from the world in dress, language, etc.
  • 65% think church membership doesn't matter as long as you love God.

Obviously, at least among this group of teens, there has been a severe lack of basic Bible doctrine taught. Sometimes I think churches are so concerned about making learning "fun" for teens that they forget to make sure they are "learning".

Hopefully, where you worship, this survey would not have the same results--or would it? And maybe you need to ask, "How would I answer that survey? What do I believe concerning the issues addressed?" Can you give Bible authority for what you believe?

2 Timothy 2:15 says, "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." Paul instructs the young man Timothy to spend time learning God's word so he can correctly apply the word to his life. The gospel is not difficult but it does require study.

What do you believe and more importantly, do you know why you believe what you believe? If not, study; find a knowledgable Christian to help you so you can "show yourself approved unto God."

Dana Burk

1 comment:

RÉdeeM3D OňĒ said...

i saw something similar.. There is also a survey done about the Independent Baptists.. I read about it in the 'O Timothy' newsletter.