60% of born-again Christians don’t believe that Jesus is the only way to heaven, according to a new survey commissioned by Probe Ministries in their quest to determine what percentage of professing believers are pluralists.
The survey results are disturbing because the results are not derived from a generic Christian label, but rather all the participants had to confirm that they were “born-again” which includes affirming that they have 1) made a “personal commitment to Jesus Christ that is still important in their life today and 2) when asked what will happen to them after they die, affirmed “I will go to heaven because I confessed my sins and accepted Jesus Christ as my savior.”
Of this group:
- 85% said that Jesus died on the cross “To redeem us by taking our sins and our punishment upon Himself” (10% said He threatened the stature of the Jewish leaders of the day.)
- 71% said that while on earth, Jesus was sinless.
- 69% said Jesus will return to this earth to save those who await his coming.
What do Americans believe about multiple ways to heaven? And, especially what do Born Again
Christians believe? To determine who was a pluralist, we asked what the respondents thought about the
following two statements:
Muhammad, Buddha and Jesus all taught valid ways to God. Answers from Disagree Strongly to Agree
I believe that the only way to a true relationship with God is through Jesus Christ. Answers from Disagree
Strongly to Agree Strongly
The real shocker jumping from this page is that over 60% of Born Again Christians are also pluralists.
Apparently, a majority of Born Again Christians are ignorant about the basic teachings of their faith.
Also, it is interesting and disturbing that the percentage of Born Again Christians who are not pluralistic
is almost flat across the ages from
Based on these results, about one-third of Born Again Christians appear to have a consistent biblical
view toward pluralism. Another third appear to be totally in line with the pluralist position. The last third
are those who want to say that Jesus is the only true path to God AND that Mohammad and Buddha also
taught valid ways to God. In church, they may say that Jesus in the only way, but out in the world they
act as if Muslims and Buddhists don’t need to know this critical truth. These individuals have an
These are some sad results, and demonstrate the fruit of much of the modern seeker-sensitive church movement that is big on experiences and therapeutic moralistic deism, rather than deep teaching and catechesis about Christ.
h/t to The Conservative Truth for the story
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