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-What Are Evangelicals Anyway?

by Dr. D ~ November 25th, 2015

NAELifeway Research

The mainstream media refers to Evangelicals like they are some kind of conservative political entity. The American media has it all wrong. The proof that the media consistently gets it all wrong is found in the fact that most of the African American denominations and churches in America are actually evangelical even though their members consistently support the liberal side of the political spectrum.

So if it isn’t conservative politics that evangelicals have in common than what is it? In reality it is all about theology and a key number of  shared beliefs grounded in the Bible.  The results of a two-year collaborative study by the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) and LifeWay Research was recently released. The purpose of the research was to more clearly define what evangelicals are really all about. From Christianity Today:

The new report identifies four key statements that define evangelical beliefs, creating what may be the first research-driven creed.

Those statements are:

  • The Bible is the highest authority for what I believe.
  • It is very important for me personally to encourage non-Christians to trust Jesus Christ as their Savior.
  • Jesus Christ’s death on the cross is the only sacrifice that could remove the penalty of my sin.
  • Only those who trust in Jesus Christ alone as their Savior receive God’s free gift of eternal salvation.

Only those who strongly agree with each of those statements should be considered “evangelical by belief,” according to the NAE.

“We’re not saying these are the only evangelicals, but we are saying this will define someone as having evangelical belief,” said Scott McConnell, vice president of LifeWay Research.

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Response: There are three observations about evangelicals that I would make looking at this research:

One: It crosses the Pentecostal/ Charismatic and non-Charismatic line with churches on both sides of the Spiritual gifts issue.

Two: It also crosses the racial divide since most Black and Latino protestant churches fall into the evangelical camp when it comes to beliefs.

Three: All of the evangelicals have one more thing in common, they are all praying for revival.

Conclusion: Forget about the politics which divides us. It is time for us all to get together and set aside our differences and unify around the Biblical principles we all agree upon. Our nation needs revival.

Our neighborhoods and cities are divided along racial and economic lines. It is time for the American evangelical pastors and churches to rise up together and minister across all of these divides and demonstrate love that can only come through the Gospel and the Holy Spirit.

It is time for all of the evangelical pastors and leaders to get together at least weekly in all of our towns and cities to pray for revival and a new awakening for our nation and people.  It is imperative and I believe that the Spirit is leading us and preparing us to gather together now while there is yet day.              *Top

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1 Response to -What Are Evangelicals Anyway?

  1. Brian

    I would submit that a distinguishing characteristic of the broad Evangelical community would be a focus or a belief on Futurism – the belief that events described prophetically in Revelation or in other prophetic passages will be fulfilled at some point in the future.

    In contrast, most non-Evangelicals (be they mainstream Protestants or Catholics) embrace one of two viewpoints, with lots of variations within these two viewpoints: (a) that the prophetic events of Revelation and other passages are symbolic descriptions of the persecution of Christians under Rome from 60 to about 300 AD, and, thus, most of the prophecy has been fulfilled; or (b) that the prophetic events of Revelation and of other prophetic writings of the New Testament should be viewed merely symbolic speech. Revelation is a parable about the struggle between good and evil and not to be read as prophetic.

    Brian

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