Are My Neighbors Going to HELL?

November 15, 2007

It’s a question that many believers ask themselves on a regular basis.  It appears to be a fair and valid question for those of us living in the USA since 70 to 80 percent of people identify themselves as Christians!   But what is the truth?

Check out this Leadership Journal article that talks about the 5 different types of “Christians” in today’s world.

While between 70 and 80 percent of people in the United States identify themselves as Christian according to a number of studies, what those people mean by the term varies widely. Respondents to our new survey were almost evenly divided among five categories:

* Active Christians (19%): Committed churchgoers, often in positions of church leadership; believe salvation comes through Jesus Christ; Bible readers.

* Professing Christians (20%): Similar beliefs to Active Christians, but less committed to church attendance; focus more on personal relationship with God and Jesus, less on Bible reading or faith sharing.

* Liturgical Christians (16%): High level of spiritual activity; regular churchgoers, recognizing the authority of the church; predominantly Catholic and Lutheran.

    * Private Christians (24%): Largest and youngest segment; believe in God and have spiritual interest, but not within the church context; only one-third attend church at all, almost none are church leaders.

    * Cultural Christians (21%): God aware, but do not view Jesus as essential to salvation; affirm many ways to God; express little outward religious behavior.

Now that you know, what will you do about it?




  1. Very interesting statistics. They kind of substantiate some of the thoughts I’ve had. First, It seems Christianity is not a religion. It’s a relationship with God the Father made possible through His Son, Jesus Christ. As I’ve learned more about what happened at The Tower of Babel and the religion that grew out of it, it seems that religion was Satan’s idea. In fact much of that old pagan religion, it appears, was “christianized,” after Constantine issued his Freedom of Religion edict, and is part of many of modern day church doctrines. I think a close look at The Letters to the Seven Churches in the 2nd and 3rd chapters of Revelation points this out. Religions have tried to define God, have written doctrine and creeds to try to please and appease Him and interpret scriptures to bring people to involve themselves in their way. And it seems that your statistics bare out that some become involved to a greater or lesser degree in their religion and some commit themselves to Jesus Christ and establish their relationship with God. I heard an example of the difference between involvement and commitment. You need only to look at a plate of baon and eggs to see that the chicken was involved but the pig was commited. So it is with people. Some are involved in a religion and will argue to defend it, while others have commited their lives to Jesus Christ, asked Him to forgive their sins and yielded themselves to His Lordship in their lives. I think the 17th chapter of Revelation pretty much tells what will happen to religion. Well, that’s the way it seems to me. mizpah31

  2. It’s only a fair and valid question if you believe in the disgusting and evil concept of punishing people in the most inhumane way possible for all eternity!! Some all loveing and compassionate god!! You punish your children this way or do you show forgiveness?? Oh and if you believe in the fairytale of “souls”

  3. Christian’s post makes no sense. I suppose if you have a problem with hell, you shouldn’t read the new testament. On the other hand if you don’t believe in souls, you should probably be playing with your fellow athiests. For future posts, try to think about what you’re saying before you type it. It will probably make more sense that way. Kind regards, christian.

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