NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Professing Christians progressing toward spiritual maturity will have a firmer grasp on important doctrinal positions, according to findings from Lifeway Research. However, plenty of churchgoers still struggle with basic truths about God, the Bible and salvation.
The Lifeway Research study on “Doctrinal Positions” shows that while 81 percent of churchgoers say “When you die, you will go to heaven because you have confessed your sins and accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior,” 26 percent agree “If a person is sincerely seeking God, he/she can obtain eternal life through religions other than Christianity.” Fifty-seven percent disagree.
“Consumers in America are accustomed to having endless combinations of choices for every want in life,” said Ed Stetzer, president of Lifeway Research. “Biblical truth is radical because it teaches that eternal life is a relationship with God through Jesus Christ alone.”
Other responses given regarding beliefs about life after death include: