This article by Rev. Al Mohler from Jan. 20, tackles a matter near and dear to my heart. The growing illiteracy and even ignorance of the Bible, not just in secular culture, but within the church. “… we ought to give some urgent attention to a problem much closer to home–biblical illiteracy in the church. This scandalous problem is our own, and it’s up to us to fix it,” Mohler writes.
You should take time to read the whole thing on his website, but here are some of his concerns:
“Fewer than half of all adults can name the four gospels. Many Christians cannot identify more than two or three of the disciples. According to data from the Barna Research Group, 60 percent of Americans can’t name even five of the Ten Commandments.”
“The larger scandal is biblical ignorance among Christians. Choose whichever statistic or survey you like, the general pattern is the same. America’s Christians know less and less about the Bible. It shows.”
Mohler rightly rebukes the church for helping create this problem by reducing the importance and use of Bible reading, preaching, teaching and study. He goes on to make a case for how to return to biblical literacy and whose responsibility it should be. Read it at AlbertMohler.com