Who are the Evangelical Christians?

September 1, 2008

During this "political season," there is much talk about Evangelical Christians. Who and what are Evangelical Christians? Below is the definitions of who and what we are.

The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) publishes a Statement of Faith to which churches must agree if they wish to join the Association. It implies a definition of their concept of "Evangelical":

  • We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
  • We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
  • We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  • We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
  • We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

They estimate that about 5% of the population, and 11% of all Protestants meet their rather specific definition.

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