Survey: Half of U.S. ‘Christians’ Say Casual Sex Is Acceptable

"According to a new survey by Pew Research, half of self-identified Christians in America say casual sex is sometimes or always acceptable. The survey defined casual sex as sex between consenting adults who are not in a committed romantic relationship." - TGC

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Mark_Smith's picture

I wish I could say I was surprised by this, but I am not. Many of the Christians I meet simply do not base their morality on a biblical foundation. Their morality is what they think is right, not the Bible. In the last two churches I attended it was well known that divorced or widowed adults were shaking up... in certain circles they talked openly about it. Neither pastor did anything about it.

Its not just sex either. Many people claim to be Christian yet are completely ignorant of the Bible. Most, yes most, of the evangelical "Christians" out there know next to nothing about it. I say that sadly, but make no mistake, that claim is not a guess on my part. I have seen it with my own eyes. Not just the Millennials mind you. I know plenty of 55-60 year old evangelicals who know nothing either.

If this is not a trend at your church, count yourself blessed.

 

 

Lee's picture

A Baptist pastor friend of mine retired from his church (independent) and interimed, then became pastor of a long time, conservative Southern Baptist church in the area. Shortly after beginning his pastorate there he affirmed that he did not have a single deacon or Sunday School teacher that had ever read the Bible all the way through even once though all had been part of that church for at least 20 years.

I see a lot of Christian schools over the course of a year. I think it would be safe to say on my own polling that there is not 1 senior in 20 that has been part of the school for most of their education that has read the Bible in its entirety.  Of course, some schools are better than others.  

It is very uncommon to find someone of the present generation that knows enough about Scripture to make sound scripture decisions day in and day out, much less think scripturally as a course of habit.  

Lee

Ed Vasicek's picture

I SO AGREE WITH MARK AND LEE!

Mark wrote:  Many people claim to be Christian yet are completely ignorant of the Bible.

Why the ignorance and disinterest in the Bible?  Pride.  People think they know all that really matters, the rest is for egg heads or religious nuts to fight over. They doubt, among other things, the clarity of Scripture. The idea of using their minds in church is taboo. It is mostly about music. They want simple sermons that inspire certain feelings or pop-psychology for self-help, or programs to give them a social life.

BIBLICAL IGNORANCE IS PANDEMIC IN THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY.  What Bible studies we do have are "What does this mean to you?" types.  Grrrr.

Then again, people who are not willing to do God's will certainly do not want to irritate their consciences, either. I am reminded of John 7:17, "If anyone's will is to do God's will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority."

So, IMO, the problem is not mostly ignorance, the bigger problem is best described in Luke 6:46, "“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?"

The easiest way to disobey (as far as your conscience goes) is to intentionally keep yourself in ignorance and tell yourself that the Bible is too complex to understand anyway, even the experts can't agree. Then you can go on guilt free.

"The Midrash Detective"

G. N. Barkman's picture

Over the years, I've had the "That's your interpretation" response when explaining the meaning of Scripture to someone who was not willing to accept what the Bible says.  My reply:  "OK.  Then tell me your understanding of this text."  I have yet to have anyone give me their own interpretation.  They apparently don't have one.  They apparently are not interested in examining the test to see what it says.  The "that's your interpretation" response is their way of avoiding the claims of Scripture.

G. N. Barkman

Mark_Smith's picture

G. N. Barkman wrote:

Over the years, I've had the "That's your interpretation" response when explaining the meaning of Scripture to someone who was not willing to accept what the Bible says.  My reply:  "OK.  Then tell me your understanding of this text."  I have yet to have anyone give me their own interpretation.  They apparently don't have one.  They apparently are not interested in examining the test to see what it says.  The "that's your interpretation" response is their way of avoiding the claims of Scripture.

Very True, G.N. I can think of a couple of reasons. First, reading comprehension and desire has plummeted. People just don't read anything substantive anymore. Reading the Bible is just too big of a task for them to want to do, or to understand. We are in a post-literate society. Second, there is the thing I have harped on for a while. People have bought a twisted version of the "God loves you" claim. It dominates American Christianity right now. And not just the prosperity gospel. God wants the best for you. He loves you. That overrides EVERYTHING right now. Divorced? No problem. Want a divorce? No problem. Feeling conflicted? God loves you enough that you can forget the "law" and purity and holiness. He loves you and that trumps it all.