In 2017 Gallop said ¾ of Americans identify as Christians. A 2019 poll said it is now 63%. FYI, in 1990 it was 85%.
Even with the trend going down in the United States there is still a mass majority of people in America who consider themselves to be Christians. In 2018 The Pew Research Foundations published that only 80% of Americans who call themselves Christians BELIEVE that GOD is the GOD in the BIBLE! 18% literally believe in a “higher power or spiritual force,” but they still call themselves Christians. In addition, both Jehovah Witnesses, Mormons and some Pentecostal denominations that adhere to Oneness Doctrine (they believe in modalism) refer to themselves as Christians, but they reject the fundamental identity of Jesus as eternally God (the Doctrine of the Trinity).
For almost 2,000 years this doctrine has been one of the core non-negotiable markers of what is Christian and what is not.
So, in a culture where everybody thinks they are a Christian, if we are going to be successful at engaging those far from God with Gospel of Jesus Christ to know and follow Him then we are also going to have to learn what it actually means to know follow Him. AKA be a Christian!
This is why 1 John 3 and 4 are so important for us to study. It turns out there have always been those who reject Christianity and tried to replace it with something else, but then still wanted to call it Christian!
For the next 5 weeks we are going to read what the Apostle John put forward to categorize what Christianity actually is and actually isn’t. In so doing, you and I will be able to evaluate how we engage a world from God that thinks it’s already Christian and look at our own lives and see where we match up!