The Index of Leading Spiritual Indicators—A Statistical Report on the State of Religion in America
Here are some startling statistics:
~85% of Americans claim to be Christian
~10% of Americans are “Bible Christians”: that is, they fully accept biblical authority, total trust in Christ for salvation, are evangelistic and are active in a church, and believe in moral absolutes.
~25% of Americans are “Conventional Christians”: they claim total trust in Christ for salvation, are involved in a church, they exercise a privatized faith, believe in moral relativism and appreciate the Bible.
~ 28% of Americans are “Cultural Christians”: they have a universalistic world-view, their religion is
works based (i.e., they believe that good people will go to heaven), they are moral relativistic, nominal
church involvement and are Christian in name only.
Of those who claim to be Christian, only 40% believe in a literal Satan; 63% believe in the accuracy of
the Bible; only 30% read their Bible in a week; only 57% agree that good people will go to heaven; only 31% believe in a fiery place of torment after death; 37% believe hell is only symbolic; only 9% knew what the “Great Commission” was; 63% had no idea what “John 3:16” referred to; and only 35% could accurately define the meaning of the word gospel.