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ORLANDO, Oct. 29, 2018 /Christian Newswire
/ -- Surprising findings about the beliefs of 18-34-year-olds have been released today. Millennials hold more conservative views than older adults in several areas, as revealed by Ligonier Ministries' 2018 State of Theology survey.
For example, 57 percent of Millennials agreed that abortion is a sin--the strongest opposition of any age group. Likewise, 18-34-year-olds were most likely to disagree with sexual relations outside of marriage, with 54 percent agreeing that sex outside of traditional marriage is a sin.
At the same time, Millennials have the most liberal views on homosexual behavior and gender identity, with 51 percent agreeing that the Bible's condemnation of homosexual behavior doesn't apply today and 45 percent agreeing that gender identity is a matter of choice.
These trends will need to be monitored in future years. The 2018 State of Theology survey was conducted for Ligonier Ministries by LifeWay Research, which interviewed a demographically balanced online panel of American adults, including a representative sample of 18-34-year-olds.
The survey may show an increasingly stark polarization of views among young adults. On one hand, a growing proportion of Millennials affirmed essential Christian beliefs, with 61 percent of Millennials saying that salvation is found in Christ alone (up from 53 percent in 2016) and 64 percent saying that Jesus Christ will return to judge the world (up from 55 percent in 2016).
But a growing minority of Millennials see God as removed from their daily lives, with 36 percent of 18-34-year-olds agreeing with the statement "God is unconcerned with my day-to-day decisions" (up from 30 percent in 2016 and 20 percent in 2014). And a majority (52 percent) agreed with the statement "The Bible, like all sacred writings, contains helpful accounts of ancient myths but is not literally true."
Chris Larson, president and CEO of Ligonier Ministries, said:
"Millennials overall may not be as secular as is generally thought. While the media usually portrays young adults in defiant opposition to Christian teachings, the data is not as clear-cut. Millennials are the most pro-life age group in America, and they are right to be supporting the sanctity of human life. But other troubling responses show that Millennials need to hear and receive faithful biblical teaching, as much as any other age group."
Dr. Stephen Nichols, chief academic officer of Ligonier and president of Reformation Bible College, said:
"What Millennials believe about theology will have a profound impact on the future of America. It is very concerning that a majority denied the literal truth of the Bible. But with more than 60 percent of 18-34-year-olds saying that salvation is found in Jesus Christ alone and affirming that He will return in judgment, many young adults still want to identify with the Christian faith. It's vital that the church supports biblically sound theology and apologetics for younger generations."
The State of Theology survey was carried out from April 24 to May 4, 2018, and the results are available online at TheStateOfTheology.com
About Ligonier Ministries
exists to proclaim, teach, and defend the holiness of God in all its fullness to as many people as possible. To that end, Ligonier's outreach today is manifold and worldwide. Founded by Dr. R.C. Sproul in 1971, teaching fellows now continue and help lead Ligonier's work of discipleship that Dr. Sproul began more than forty years ago. These teaching fellows are Drs. Sinclair B. Ferguson, W. Robert Godfrey, Steven J. Lawson, R. Albert Mohler Jr., Stephen J. Nichols, Burk Parsons, and Derek W.H. Thomas. Ligonier publishes Renewing Your Mind
broadcasts, the Reformation Study Bible
, Tabletalk magazine
, books through the Reformation Trust
Publishing division, and hundreds of teaching series. The ministry also offers an undergraduate degree program through Reformation Bible College
. In addition, Ligonier hosts national and regional conferences
, provides an online learning community through Ligonier Connect
, answers biblical and theological questions through Ask Ligonier
, streams twenty-four-hour Christian Internet radio through RefNet
, pursues numerous translation efforts
in other countries, and makes available thousands of unique educational resources online at Ligonier.org