Barna study offers surprises about Reformed churches

One of the most interesting aspects of the latest Barna study on whether or not there is a growing number of Reformed or Calvinist churches in America is the finding that many of the pastors surveyed are apparently culturally liberal. With Calvinism clearly in Southern Baptists’ past and present, this ought to trouble us.

I do not mean to speak ex cathedra on this issue, but I fail to understand how one can be theologically conservative and hold to the high view of Scripture that Calvinism/Reformed theology demands and be culturally liberal.

The Bible does not embrace liberalism or conservatism, but anyone who affirms the Bible as the inerrant, infallible Word of God, it would seem to me, will natually gravitate toward conservatism based on principles taught in the Bible. Take homosexual marriage for example.

This is why I find the Barna findings so surprising and troubling if accurate. You can read the report here and draw your own conclusion. I’d certainly like to hear some other opinions on this.

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3 Responses to Barna study offers surprises about Reformed churches

  1. This has to be a joke, or some of the most dishonest statistical manipulation ever achieved.

    The only thing I can think of that might be driving this would be where many Reformed Christians cut against the standard Republican mantra on issues of Defense, because they do not believe in Dispyism’s view of political Israel, and because our current military activity flaunts the constitution.

    Otherwise, this is laughable, and does nothing but render Barna even less credible than before.

  2. editordon says:

    Well I can see, when it comes to Calvinism my old friend — to borrow the words of that great philosopher Larry Munson: you can still “HUNKER DOWN JUST LIKE THEM HAIRY DAWGS.”

  3. Unlike my Dawgs, however, I know King Jesus WILL win!

    Can I get a Soli Deo Gloria???!!! Woof Woof Woof Woof

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