Early this morning, while perusing social media, I noticed a post from Franklin Graham linking to a Christian Post column on the clergy. It caught my attention enough to follow the links, and what I found was bad but, sadly, not shocking in the least. It was written by Ian M. Giatti, and the title of the column was "Over a Third of Senior Pastors Believe 'Good People' Can Earn Their Way to Heaven: Survey." It was a survey of more than 1,000 pastors who label themselves as Christians across several segments of churches and/or denominations and was conducted by the Cultural Research Center.
As I read the column, these terrible numbers and positions emerged. One-third or more of senior pastors believe the Holy Spirit is not a person but rather "a symbol of God's power."