Teleios recently conducted a survey of pastors graduating from 3 Bible believing seminaries to assess if they maintained Biblical exhortations or support extra Biblical attitudes in their church.

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Survey questions were based on issues derived from Scripture and from known popular maxims within the modern church.

This survey was sent to 1085 pastors of whom 200 responded.

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Respondents were asked to provide scaled answers on Survey Monkey to indicate the extent they believed various body life issues were important.

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Our results showed that pastors believed it was ‘important to ‘very important’ for church members to maintain Biblical exhortations in their Christian life (average: 96%).

Extra-Biblical attitudes, although perhaps accepted or fashionable within the church, were less often considered either ‘important’ to ‘very important’ (average: 33%). Look at the results!

Table: Average ratings for questions
(N = 200)
(Biblical exhortations are highlighted in orange and extra-Biblical attitudes are highlighted in green)

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From the pooled responses we found statistically higher ratings for each of the four questions about Biblical exhortations compared to extra-Biblical attitudes questions (P<0.0001).

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* These findings should encourage church members and clergy because:
  · They demonstrate that many pastors recognize the importance of maintaining fidelity to Biblical teachings.
  · Extra-Biblical attitudes are deemed generally less important.

* As adherence to God’s word has been shown in the medical literature to be associated with greater wellbeing, these findings should further inspire pastors and seminaries not to bend their theological stance to cultural trends.1,2

This study showed that individuals trained in Bible believing seminaries continue to hold to those principles once they become pastors.

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1. MacIlvaine, W.R., Nelson, L.A., Stewart, J.A., Stewart, W.C. (2013). Association of strength of religious adherence to quality of life measures. Complement Ther Clin Pract, 19:251-255.
2. MacIlvaine, W.R., Nelson, L.A., Stewart, J.A., Stewart, W.C. (2014). Association of strength of community service to personal well-being. Community Ment Health J, 50:577-582.