Only 10% saved?

Q. Recently I was reading several of the letters on your site and where you said that only about 10% of the people in Church today are really saved. I am curious as to how you arrived at that percentage. I have always felt that some of the people who were born and raised in the church didn’t get it. I think I ‘ve had a couple of preachers along the way who didn’t get either, but 90% seems high.

A. I think you’ve misunderstood what I said, so I’ll repeat it. According to recent surveys by the Pew Research Institute, about 90% of those who claim to be born again Christians live lives that are indistinguishable from their non-believing counterparts. In other words an observer would be unable to tell for sure by the way they live whether they are believers or not.

What this means is these believers have been unwilling to adopt the kind of behavioral changes that would allow them to live victorious Christian lives. They’ve ignored Paul’s advice to no longer conform to the patterns of this world (Romans 12:2) but to put off our old selves and be made new in the attitudes of our mind (Ephes. 4:22-24).

This doesn’t mean they are not saved. Our salvation does not come from how we behave but from what we believe (John 3:16). But it does mean there will be consequences in the form of a less meaningful life here and the loss of rewards when they stand before the Lord in Heaven (1 Cor. 3:10-15).

Jesus said, “I have come that they might have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). We just have to be willing to change a little so He can do it.

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