By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Matthew 7:16
Everyone has a worldview, but we do not all share the same worldview. A worldview simply is the intellectual and emotional filter through which we experience, interpret, and respond to the world. Our worldview begins developing before we are two years old and is almost fully formed before we reach our teenage years. That worldview helps us to identify who we want to be, how we want to live, and what we consider to be right and good. We feel good about ourselves when we live in concert with that worldview; we feel uncomfortable when we make choices or engage in behaviors that conflict with our worldview. ACFI
The Worldview Measurement Project was the biggest national worldview survey ever conducted, by American Culture & Faith Institute (ACFI). It found a huge gap between the number of Americans claiming to be Christian and the number that live biblically. The survey found many Americans that profess Christianity could not pass Christianity 101.
The ACFI survey was three surveys that divided people into public, Spiritually Active Governance Engaged Conservative Christians (SAGE Cons), and theologically conservative pastors. In the results is a group labeled “Integrated Disciples”, who answered 80% or more of the questions in accordance with biblical principles – “that is, people who are designated as having a biblical worldview based on integrating their beliefs and behavior into a lifestyle that reflects foundational biblical principles.”
The survey was divided between 20 “Christianity 101” questions about basic spiritual beliefs and 20 questions on behavior that is addressed in the Bible – cheating, lying, cheating, pornography, stealing, the nature of God and the consequences of unresolved sin.
Barna noted. “Jesus taught His disciples that the right beliefs are good, but the real measure of where you stand is what He labeled the fruit of a person’s life, referring to the product of applying one’s convictions. As a result, we created this measurement process with the intention of blending both core beliefs and core behaviors to estimate the biblical consistency of peoples’ worldview. Because that process involves both beliefs and behavior, with the intention of being an imitator of Christ, we chose to call such people Integrated Disciples. They are effectively blending their beliefs and behavior into a Christ-like lifestyle.”
The results were dismal. Continue reading “ACFI Survey: How Many Americans Have A Biblical Worldview?”