Research Confirms: America Needs Evangelizing!

The Pew Research Center polled over 35,000 Americans from all 50 states concerning their religious beliefs. The results are both eye-opening and not surprising.

70% of Americans profess to be Christians

According to the study, “Christian” includes things that are definitely not: Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, Catholics, etc.

Only 25.4% of Americans identify as “Evangelical Protestant”. What exactly is that? According to the study, “Evangelical Protestant” includes the following types of churches:

  • Baptist – 9.2% (SBC – 5.3%; Independent – 2.5%)
  • Methodist – 0.3%
  • Nondenominational – 4.9%
  • Lutheran – 1.5%
  • Presbyterian – 0.8%
  • Episcopalian/Anglican – 0.3%
  • Restorationist (Church of Christ) – 1.6%
  • Congregationalist – 0.3%
  • Holiness – 0.7%
  • Reformed – 0.3%
  • Adventist – 0.6%
  • Anabaptist – 0.3%
  • Pietist – 0.3%
  • Other – 0.3%
  • Nonspecific – 1.5%

How many of these “Evangelical Protestant” churches are actually preaching the gospel? It’s hard to say, but a quick look at the list above makes it clear that all do not. If “Evangelical Protestant” = actually saved, then 75% of America is lost.

America: A World Leader in the Unevangelized

The population of the USA was about 318.9 million in 2014.

If this data is correct, 81,000,600 people in the USA identify themselves as “Evangelical Protestant.” For simplicity, let’s assume each of these 81 million people is genuinely born again.

That would mean there are 237,899,400 people in our country who will probably go to hell. In America.

It’s hard to put numbers like this in perspective. But consider this, there are only 3 other countries in the world with a total population bigger than the number of lost people who live in the United States: China, India, and Indonesia.

Did you get that? Only three countries even have the potential to have more lost residents than the United States. As the third largest country in the world, we are also home to a vast number of unevangelized.

About the Statistics

Most of the data comes from: http://www.pewforum.org/religious-landscape-study/
The Religious Landscape Study surveys more than 35,000 Americans from all 50 states and analyzes the relationship between religious affiliation and various demographic factors.

Population figures come from Wikipedia.

What is the Function of the Church?

The Bible clearly reveals the purpose of the local church through precept as well as example in the New Testament. As members of the church, the body of Christ, we need to understand what God desires concerning the purpose and ministry of the church. To fail to understand this has led many local churches into programs and practices that are not in accordance with the Word of God. We find from the Bible four basic purposes for the church today. Continue Reading “What is the Function of the Church?”

Prayer and Evangelism

Evangelism has God’s backing. This may seem obvious, but our lack of prayer for evangelism indicates that perhaps we do not really believe it. God doesn’t just approve of evangelism. He works alongside us, enabling us to understand and express the gospel, giving us opportunities, emboldening us to take them, and moving in our friend’s heart to bring him to faith. From start to finish, evangelism is God’s work. There are a few specific things we can ask God for: Continue Reading “Prayer and Evangelism”

Not Ready to Commit to Christ

I know that eating healthy and exercising regularly are important. I’ve read about it, listened to others discuss it, even browsed some statistics. I don’t doubt it. I know I should do it – the benefits are enormous. I could make the time to exercise. I could watch what I eat. I’ve probably got more reason than others to take the plunge. But there is one problem – I am not willing to commit to actually doing it.

Just because I believe in health facts does not mean that I am a heathly person.

In evangelizing, I have encountered many who know the basic facts of Christianity. However, the vast majority of these showed no signs of actually being born again. It’s not enough to know the facts or even believe the facts. Every person has to be willing to actually yield to Christ and rely on His work on the cross to save them.

Tragically, many know the facts, understand the benefits and consequences; yet they will die in their sins because of an unwillingness to yield to Christ and rely on Him for salvation. The devils believe and wisely fear because they understand the consequences of their rebellion.

Just because a person believes in Christian truths does not mean that person is a Christian.

Let’s be clear in evangelizing: don’t settle for having someone agree with you on a few facts, and then pronounce them saved. Salvation is not just a matter of the mind. It is also a matter of the heart and the will. Look for evidences of repentance & faith – like a feeling of guilt over sin, a desire to be rid of it, a hopelessness without Christ, etc.

The Gospel in Four Words: God, Man, Christ, Response

God: Who He is

“God that made the world and all things therein…he is Lord of heaven and earth….he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth…that they should seek the Lord” (Acts 17:24-27)

The Bible explains that God created us and sustains us and, therefore, has the right to absolute authority in our lives. Out of His love, He made us in His image so that we would seek to honor Him as the true Creator.  Continue Reading “The Gospel in Four Words: God, Man, Christ, Response”