Is Your Church a Salad Bar or a Main Entrée?

Check out this post about what people in churches are believing! I hope you know that the truth will be taught in Vision Baptist.

Orginally published on Monday, June 30, 2008 at 7:01 AM
by Todd Rhoades

A recent article in USA Today says that religion in the United States is now a “salad bar” where people “heap on upbeat beliefs they like and often leave the veggies — like strict doctrines — behind.”

For example, 92 percent of the Americans surveyed said they believe in God, and 58 percent say they pray every day. And while 74 percent of people believe there is a heaven, just 59 percent believe there is a hell. And 70 percent of those polled said that they believe “many religions can lead to eternal life.”

Those are some pretty startling statistics.

As pastors and church leaders, great is the burden on us to spiritually advise, teach, and admonish those under our care. The Bible speaks specifically about how we’ll be judged on our faithfulness in doing so.

How would the people your church answer this survey:

1. Do you believe in God?
2. Do you pray every day?
3. Do you believe in heaven?
4. Do you believe in hell?
5. Do you believe a person can get to heaven outside of Christ?

I would hope that each of our churches would do much better than this national survey implies they would.

Take a few minutes to think about the implications of this for your church, and those you to whom you minister. Are you being clear in what you teach? And are the people under your care growing in their understand of what it means to be a believer?

So, is your church a salad bar, or more of a source of nourishing protein?

You can read the whole article here at USA Today…

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