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Reformed. Christianity. Evangelism. Modern Culture.
The modern trend is to shift towards short, vague, and essentially ambiguous belief statements which the modern church uses almost as tools of evangelism. To demonstrate this trend, I’ve (borrowed) Old Truth’s 2006 chart below showing a word count for the statements of faith of some of the most popular churches in America (as in September 2006). For comparison purposes, I’ve also included some old school Christians who have held to the historic belief statements of a better Christianity from times gone by. (Of course I hope this information has changed for the better over the last couple of years)
|Statement of Faith||Subscribers||Word Count||Year|
|London Baptist Confession||CH Spurgeon,
|Augsburg Confession||Martin Luther||14,938||1530|
|Westminster Confession||RC Sproul,
Michael Horton, Jonathan Edwards
| Grace Church
| Willow Creek
Statement of Faith
|Bethlehem Baptist Church Beliefs||John Piper||1,010||recent|
|Cedar Ridge Community Church Beliefs||Brian McLaren||877||recent|
|Saddleback Beliefs||Rick Warren||557||recent|
|Fellowship Church Beliefs||Ed Young Jr.||555||recent|
| The Potters House
|Northpoint Community Church Beliefs||Andy Stanley||362||recent|
|Crystal Cathedral||Robert Schuller||361||recent|
|Lakewood Beliefs||Joel Osteen||Low! 206||recent|
At the bottom of this chart are the churches with the shortest belief statements, and supposedly – the least emphasis on biblical doctrine. Can there be any other churches with shorter state ments of faith but strong on doctrine? What do you think?