I've been thinking more about this problem lately, as I have increasingly found myself among "believers" (many of whom are regular churchgoers) who know shockingly little about the beliefs they profess. Of course, this is not a new problem in the history of the church:
Nor is it unforseen that sermons, Bible studies and popular Christian literature should eschew serious examination of the Scriptures in favor of such banalities as "victorious Christian living":
For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.I suppose this should bring us back to Ellen B's question from last month: "what should we do personally?" For my part, I have resolved to do a better job in teaching basic Christian doctrine where I am able, particularly in the places and positions God puts me in (father, teacher, church leader, etc.), and in helping believers to learn to study the Scriptures themselves.
Oh, and I think I'll post something on the blog about it and see what you think can be done.