Home Church Mission-Revival HOW MANY AMERICANS THINK THEY’RE SINNERS? By Bob Smietana


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America is full of sinners—and most of them want to mend their ways.

Two-thirds of Americans (67 percent) say they are sinners, according to a new study from Nashville-based LifeWay Research. Most people aren’t too happy about it—only 5 percent say they’re fine with being sinners.


As America becomes more secular, the idea of sin still rings true, said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research.

“Almost nobody wants to be a sinner,” he said.

The survey question about sin was inspired in part by an exchange McConnell witnessed on his way to a Nashville Predators hockey game.

A religious group of protesters began preaching at people on the street outside the hockey arena, calling them sinners, said McConnell. That led a few people in the crowd to embrace the title with enthusiasm.

“I wondered how many people really think of themselves as sinners,” he said.

Diverse responses to sin … read more

Read more about sin and salvation, “There Is Only One Clear Way to God and Eternal Life in Heaven” by Randy Bell

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