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What Happened Yesterday

Posted by: John Schroeder at 05:32 am, May 14th 2008     —    4 Comments »

McCain/Hagee

Hagee apologized to Catholics. McCain applauded but said he had nothing to do with it. Good idea on McCain’s part. Most mainstream Evangelicals are no big Hagee fans. Distance is the best bet on this one.

Well, No Duh!

George Barna, Evangelical pollster prime, polled on Jehovah’s Witnesses, Evangelicals and Mormons.

Most Witnesses say they have made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ that is important in their life, but only one out of every 10 of those adults base their hope of salvation on a confession of sins and acceptance of Christ as their savior. But Witnesses are also significantly more likely than born-again adults to reject the idea of salvation earned through good works.

Additionally, 61 percent of Jehovah’s Witnesses, compared to 42 percent of born-agains, strongly believe that Satan exists. They are also more likely than born-again adults to argue that Jesus Christ lived a sinless life on earth (77 percent versus 63 percent).

In comparison, Mormons have more similar views with born-again Christians. One-third of Mormons meet the born-again criteria, but some evangelical leaders argue that Mormons’ refusal to trust wholly on God’s grace and forgiveness through Christ as the only means to salvation disqualifies them from being born-again. A majority of Mormons believes that a good person can earn their way into heaven.

More than nine out of 10 Mormons have made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ that they describe as being important in their life; nine out of 10 say their religious faith is very important in their life; two-thirds affirm the sinless life of Christ on earth; and more than half believe that Satan exists.

“All three of these groups claim to be Christian, uphold the importance of faith and spirituality, are active in their churches, generally believe in the same God, and accept the holiness of Jesus Christ,” George Barna, director of the survey, commented. “Beyond that, there are huge differences related to central doctrines such as the means to eternal salvation or the reliability and authority of the Bible.”

Now, THAT sounds like grounds for a strong working political alliance. So what went wrong?!

Which Brings Me To…

this interesting story out of Marin County (the most liberal place in America? – certainly in the top five) about cross-church cooperation on public projects. It raises an interesting question – Why do liberals seem to be able to put religious difference aside for their public cause but Republicans seems to break down into infighting?

The standard right-wing answer is “They don’t really follow what they claim to believe!” and sometimes that is true. But I think there has to be more to it. What is is about right-wing religious adherence that insists on purity in theology accompanying purity in action? Sort of kills the action if you need more than agree with you, doesn’t it?

Finally…

…out of small town Wisconsin, a guy agrees with me on Obama/Wright.   Smart guy.

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