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Teleios Research Surveys Young Christians About Security of Salvation
Participants most frequently indicated they were sure of their biblically based salvation because they were: legally justified by Christ's sacrifice on the cross (63%), God's possession (60%), adopted into God's family (53%), and regenerated into a new person (54%). Further, 54% noted that salvation could not be reversed.
Participants also stated that the presence of guilt does not imply a loss of salvation because a person is saved by faith alone and is secure (64%). However, despite believers' guilt not being mentioned in the Bible, some respondents noted such a feeling might indicate God's displeasure (30%) without salvation being at risk.
Participants expressed when they have a problem with sin the best course of action is to: acknowledge their sin, realize they are forgiven, thank God, and prayerfully and faithfully obey (85%); or, despite being forgiven by faith in Christ's death, ask God for forgiveness every time they sin (78%).
In total, 86% indicated that they were saved by faith alone in Christ's death on the cross and 43%, believing scriptural injunctions, said nothing could cause their salvation to be lost. However, despite lack of clear biblical evidence, 49% said they could lose their salvation by not endeavoring to make Jesus Lord of their life.
Summary: This study indicates that young Christians who identify as evangelicals overwhelmingly believe they are saved by grace. However, depending on the question, between 25 and 50% of respondents failed to express that their salvation was secure by faith alone in Christ's sacrificial death.
All the findings of the survey can be found here (https://www.surveymonkey.com/
WC Stewart, JA Stewart, LA Nelson
About Teleios - Teleios is a non-profit foundation that seeks to demonstrate the truth of scripture and the Christian faith through scientific methods by providing evidence for the positive results of a biblically-based lifestyle. Prior studies conducted by Teleios have shown that the practice of the Christian faith (praise, prayer, fellowship, service and Bible study) and security of salvation increases well-being while reducing guilt.