Monday, May 26, 2014

PC(USA) Pastors' Study

The IPC Discernment Guide: "As a result of a 2011 survey of its own pastors, the PC(USA) reported that over half of our pastors could not affirm that Jesus is the unique and only Savior."

Is this really true? They seem to be quoting from this PC(USA) report (p. 6): http://www.pcusa.org/site_media/media/uploads/research/pdfs/fall08panel.pdf.



The two relevant points:

-          Majorities of members (60%), elders (68%), and pastors (66%) but fewer specialized clergy (45%) “agree” or “strongly agree” that “the only absolute truth for humankind is in Jesus Christ.”

-          Members are divided about the necessity of belief in Christ for salvation, as Figure 6 shows. Two in five members (39%) “agree” or “strongly agree” and 36% “disagree” or “strongly disagree” that “only followers of Jesus Christ can be saved.” More elders “agree” or “strongly agree” (45%) than “disagree” or “strongly disagree” (31%) with the statement. More pastors disagree (45%) than agree (35%). A majority of specialized clergy (60%) disagree.

Neither of these statements, though, are really saying what IPC asserts.

Thanks to my friend for sending me this to share with you all.

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