|What would B.B. Warfield think?|
One of my students asked me if there were still any Old School Presbyterians around today. I pointed him to my favorite Old School website, among others.
I thought a lot about what we discussed yesterday in class as I read a recent survey, conducted by LifeWay Research, on the theological beliefs of contemporary evangelicals. According to this survey:
- Nearly all evangelical Christians believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the deity of Christ, the sovereignty of God, and the inspiration of the Bible.
- 31% of evangelicals believe that God the Father is more "divine" that Jesus. This is the theological heresy of Arianism.
- 58% of evangelical Christians believe that the Holy Spirit is a "force," not a "personal being." This is a form of Arianism called Pneumatomachianism.
- 71% of evangelical Christians believe that people seek God first and then God responds with His grace. 56% of evangelical Christian believe that human beings have a role to play in their own salvation. Some might say that this is a form of the heresy of Pelagianism.
Read Keith Emmert''s article on the survey at Christianity Today's website.
Want to learn more about ancient heresies? Check out Harold O.J. Brown's Heresies (Doubleday, 1984). When I was in divinity school I took all of my theology courses with Brown. He was the first Harvard graduate (B.A., M.Div, Ph.D) I ever met. We affectionately called him "The Juice" (because of his middle initials).
It seems a lot of evangelicals are heretics. And I am not sure many of them care.