Thursday, March 10, 2011

Majority of Evangelical Leaders are Premillennial

I found the following info quite interesting.  I wouldn't have guessed the % of pre-mil to be this high (though I would've suspected it to be a majority).

A new poll released this week by the National Association of Evangelicals shows that 65 percent of evangelical leaders identify with premillennial theology. The January Evangelical Leaders Survey also revealed that 13 percent adhere to an amillennial view and 4 percent hold to post-millennialism. Seventeen percent responded "other." 

Premillennialism refers to the belief that the return of Christ will take place prior to His 1,000 year reign (a "millennium"). Postmillennialists believe Christ's second coming occurs after the 1,000 year period during which humanity gradually improves under the reign of Christ, and amillennialism is the view named for its rejection of the belief that Jesus Christ will have a 1,000-year long, physical reign on the earth. 

Roy Taylor, of the Presbyterian Church in America, who was one of the leaders who took the survey said, "As far as predicting the approximate time of Christ's Second Advent is concerned, I have resigned from the Planning Committee and have joined the Welcoming Committee." 

According to the NAE Website, "the Evangelical Leaders Survey is a monthly poll of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Evangelicals. They include the CEOs of denominations and representatives of a broad array of evangelical organizations including missions, universities, publishers and churches." Click here for more information about the survey.

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