54% of "Christian" blacks in Barna survey believe Jesus sinned

Does the headline seem exaggerated to you? Well, its not. From Charisma Magazine:

A few weeks ago the Barna Group released a report on the spiritual shift that’s occurred among Hispanic Americans in the last 15 years. This week the focus turned to African-Americans, who remain the most faith-oriented ethnic group in the United States.

In response to nine statements regarding various faith fundamentals, blacks scored the highest among the four predominant groups in all but one—which was also the lone question for which they answered similarly to the national average. A whopping 85 percent—22 percent higher than white respondents—stated that the single most important purpose in life is to “love God with all your heart, mind, strength and soul.”

African-Americans were the leading group to believe in the Bible’s inerrancy, with 66 percent agreeing that it is completely accurate in all its teaching (20 percent higher than whites). Despite this, however, blacks also led the way in claiming that Jesus sinned while on earth (54 percent) and that Satan is merely a symbol of evil (46 percent).

When compared to the three other ethnic groups—whites, Hispanics and Asians—blacks proved to be the most likely to engage in church-related activities during the week, including praying and reading the Bible. And according to the Barna study, they are even more spiritually minded today than they were 15 years ago, with most of the spiritual measures the research group uses having increased significantly.

“While the beliefs and behaviors of America’s white population have changed little since the early 1990s, the new research underscored that the faith of African-Americans is dynamic, generally moving in a direction that is more aligned with conservative biblical teachings,” the report stated.

Serious problems

1. This is a stunning contradiction of positions. First, the report says that AA’s are the leading ethnic group to believe in the inerrancy of the Bible, yet 54% of those believe Jesus sinned on earth and satan is just a “symbol of evil”? How is that reconciled in any biblical manner?  That’s rank confusion but perhaps  explains why the so-called black church is a sinking into a quagmire of sin and ignorance. Both issues are cornerstone fundamentals of our faith.

2. Jesus never sinned. If he had, the totality of our faith is completely bogus. Of course,we know that not to be true based on Mt 27:4 (Judas), Mt 27:19 (Pilate’s wife), Mt 27:54 (theif on the cross), 2 Cor 5:21, 1 John 3:5, Heb 4:15 and in many more places. This reveals a serious deficiency in teaching and training  in doctrine and faith which produces mature disciples. You cant learn that running after prosperity teachings, emergent church mess and gay theology! In fact, we need to go back and re-incorporate catechism training in the church. We’ve mastered all the tongue talking, shouting, dancing and dressing to the nines, but this report exposes a deep ignorance in the black church. And such leads to destruction (Hosea 4:6).

3. Satan is not just a symbol of evil. Actually, this is one of the strategies of satan is to cause people to believe something about himself that is not true. I wont go into here, but we have completely exposed satan by revealing his birth certificate and origins, tactics and judgment. Read here and here.

Its difficult to believe that these people in the Barna survey are true Christians harboring erronerous beliefs like this.  Barna has exposed the real problem and from it stems all others.

Link to the Barna survey.

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26 thoughts on “54% of "Christian" blacks in Barna survey believe Jesus sinned

  1. If this is not represent a near-total summation of all things gone wrong in the “black church,” I don’t know what is!!

  2. “First, the report says that AA’s are the leading ethnic group to believe in the inerrancy of the Bible, yet 54% of those believe Jesus sinned on earth and satan is just a “symbol of evil”? How is that reconciled in any biblical manner?”

    I hope and pray that one who took this survey and answered like this comes and gives us the answer.

    On the other hand, I have ran into many “Christians” that say that Jesus is not the only way but this is jut how God revealed Himself to them. “No one comes to the Father except through me?”

    I would rather deal with atheists! Am I wrong for that?

  3. Well this is indeed tragic if true but you could poll any born again ethnic group and the biblical ignorance would/is appalling!

    What this tells me again and again is that people ARE not reading their Bibles…the word of God which is our plumb line…

    Very concerning to be sure.

  4. I remember awhile back in one of these polls of evangelicals in general and the percentage of them that didn’t believe in Absolute Truth was stunning….and even basic doctrinal questions..ie the Deity of Christ, the reality of Hell….

    Yes something is definately wrong in the North American Church and it cuts through all colors and classes…

    I hope Gwen you are right but knowing the times we are in, this is just probably another indication how deeply the evil has crept into our Churches…

  5. People arent’ taking the time to read and study their Bibles. Just makes me wonder what is being preached in the pulpits. It’s funny how people can tell you how much they shouted and danced, but can’t tell you what the pastor preached about. Sad indeed.

  6. Psalm100, I’m afraid you are right…I have most of my Christian Life belonged in Pentacostal, Charasmatic, or Holiness Churches and yes there are some powerful emotive sermons that get people out of their seats but really I am not sure how much Biblical truth is being taught..

    One example from my holiness church..our best singer said to me a couple of years ago regarding the amount of people that are supposedly going to hell must be minimal…I reminded her that Jesus said that Narrow is the road and few be there that find it….She objected by saying what kind of victory was that that Christ won where most people are going to hell?

    I again reminded her that the victory that Christ won was 100 percent total and hell and satan and death were defeated….that was the essence of Christ’s victory not the amount of people that would be saved…

    Honestly if we cannot even know the basics of Biblical theology, we are going to be in trouble in these increasingly dangerous days!

  7. @Devon,

    That was a sad commentary when you told that story of the broad road to your church-mate, instead of reminding her. Because she sounds as if she still wants a (g)od of her own choosing, even after you gave her the truth of God’s word.

    Those Barna surveys tell me that they actually survey more non-Christians than we are willing to admit, because the average Christian isn’t even trying to wrap their brain around a life of self-denial or giving to others other than their own bloodline.

    The survey sounds contradictory with those embracing the fallacy that Jesus lived a life of sin as we, because they are having a problem with their own flesh. They only believe in a God, but so do the fallen angels while trembling!

  8. It would be sad if the question was misuderstood but then what about the othe questions where black people got a higher percentage?and how comes the other races didnt misunderstand the question (as much)? would that be a literacy problem.

    I do think it is a lack of sound teaching, the Apostle Paul wrote

    Hebrews 6
    “1Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death,[a] and of faith in God, 2instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3And God permitting, we will do so.”

    We should be moving on and maturing but most dont understand the basics of the faith sadly. Many Christians cannot give you a simple explanation of the good news.

  9. Devon she sounds like a Carlton Pearson devotee. That kooky universalism stuff. That stuff makes spiritual midgets our of people.

    The issues of hell, judgment and sin are a turn off to this generation because they refuse to see God as anything but loving. Nothing good can come of attempting to compartmentalize God as he is ALL in ALL. He is your worst enemy and your best friend. He is a loving God and an angry Father. He is now, then and always. And Vaughn is right, we should have mastered the basics and moved on by now, but some are perpetually carnal and cannot understand the things of the Spirit. And it works against them in almost every area of their spiritual life.

  10. “Say Yeah!”

    “Touch your neighbor’s hand and say, ……”

    Now all of us like the Hammond B-thrill and the preacher sweatin and hollerin! BUT, does that type of whoopin’ put substance in you or is it “spiritual junk food”.

    I believe this article is telling the truth about the “ignorance” that is SO PREVALENT in our churches and our communities!

    It is Hosea 4:6 Y’all, Hosea 4:6!

  11. Pastor Foster, I do not know this woman’s overall theology all that well but I suspect like a lot of people in our churches, she doesn’t read her Bible all that much…Oh yeah, she can sing the roof off the church with her voice but one wonders if she has much discernment??? Tragic..

    Enochwalked, that is a good point…’spiritual junk food’….how true…

  12. I chronicles 6:7And the house, when it was in building, was built of stone made ready before it was brought thither: so that there was neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building.

    hope i can explain this poperly.

    When I first read this many years ago, the Holy spirit gave me an analogy of how you get built up in Christ. We may go to Church and get some great preaching, teaching, singing etc but God said it is in your quiet time that I use what you have heard to really build you up. In other words we need the time of silence and meditating on the word for God to really mature us after all the services (hammers/Axes etc).

    Hope that makes sense.

  13. Paul N: I agree with your statements. It is in my quiet time just God and me that I learn the most about God and His Word. Thank God for pastors and I appreciate my pastor. But it is a priority that I spend time with God in the presence of my own home. I wouldn’t trade my quiet time with God for nothing in this world. It’s when you learn, study, meditate, and act upon the Word of God that you bear much fruit for His Kingdom.

  14. I just read this today

    But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin (1st John 3:5).

    One does not need to be a biblical scholar to know that. For people to actually believe that is appalling. May I add, that these people who denied that Jesus has no sin and is not God in flesh are referred to as Antichrists.

    22Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist—he denies the Father and the Son. 23 No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also (1 John 2: 22-23).

    However I hope that these people are just saying this in ignorance and not denial.

  15. The Barna poll results are suspect based upon the questions asked and the responses given. The two regarding The Bible being infallable but yet Jesus sinned is incongruous and patently wrong.
    Jesus was without sin and if that question was asked separately to the same Black Church audience…they would agree and not state that Jesus was a sinner.
    If Jesus sinned, then their faith is in vain and there is no need
    to adhere to the Word of God since Jesus and the Word are one and
    the same. John 1:1-3.
    Satan is a real figure. Jesus repeatedly spoke of him in the N.T.
    and also knew of Satan when Jesus and Satan were in heaven before
    Satan rebelled and was overthrown.
    Sadly, too many black churches have gone the way of the world and
    have been wrongly influenced by the New Age and Emerging Church
    nonsense and the Word of Faith gibberish.
    Unless we return to Scriture only as our first line of information and belief..we will see more of the churches in America go under since they have left their first love.
    Repent and believe the Gospel!

  16. Jesus sinned???? Satan just a symbol of evil??? And black folks said this knowing the history and struggles that our race has had; so the devil is just a symbol now??? Wow-that’s scary!
    These people must open their bibles and read the “book of maps”
    And how come Barna and other self-appointed church watchers never interview people like us?

  17. “And how come Barna and other self-appointed church watchers never interview people like us?”

    GOOD question,Lady D! Ive never been interviewed. Just who are these people who believe this mess??

  18. Another problem is everyone in the black community is a Christian. Seriously look at all the artist who claim to be Christians, say “thank God”, “I would like to thank my Lord and savior Jesus Christ”.

    The problem is most dont know what Christianity is all about, all they know is they were forced to go to church as a youth.

    I cannot tell you the amount of people I know living a blatant sin that claim to be Chrsitians.

    I dont know, its all a bit cloudy as far as Christianity nowadays.
    Act up mon-sat and get our praise on on Sunday!

    All we can do is work our own salvation and hopefully influence others along the way!

  19. it’s not hard to believe they said what they did because most people who go to church don’t really believe in God and Christ’s return anyway. they didn’t misunderstand the question believe me.as a christian i would be highly offended if asked that question about my Lord. that question came from the mouth of satan himself. that’s a null and void question to a child of God. a true follower of Jesus would have put their foot on satan’s neck and ground broke it in other words they would have rebuked satan in Jesus’s name and walked away

  20. Here is a very interesting video, last part of a three part series, that underscores how hideously ignorant Christians are. This well known Muslim “minister” did a much better job in his delivery than many of these so-called “Christian pastors”!

    Take note of the video at the 9:00 minute mark when Clay Evans gives his statements.

  21. I may be wrong but i do believe this may have happened because so many predominently black churches dont preach about hell anymore. In fact, in some of these churches it would be a cold day in hell if they talked about it!

    More attention is payed to talking about life issues, such as relationships and finance. The one on one ministry is focused on that as well. Im not saying that is all bad, but if you dont talk about the hell below and only talk about the earth your living in now your doing people a disservice. Come to think about it i havent heard anyone talking about heaven either. And rarly do they talk about the latness of the hour! But thats just from my experience. I want to say that i grew up in church and things are very diffrent now.

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