New Poll Finds 52% of Americans think Abortion is a Sin

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A new national poll released its findings showing that the majority of Americans think abortion is wrong, according to 2018 State of Theology  survey ran by  Ligonier Ministries. 

The study was was conducted for Ligonier Ministries by LifeWay Research and surveyed a demographically balanced online panel of 3,000 American adults.

Of Americans polled, millennials are the most likely to say abortion is a sin. Thirty-seven percent of adults ages eighteen to thirty-four concur, up from thirty-three percent in 2016. 

Overall, the findings revealed that fifty-two percent of Americans agree abortion is a sin. This number is up 3% from the 2016 survey conducted, which found that forty-nine percent of American agree that abortion is a sin.

According to PR Newswire, Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr., Ligonier Ministries teaching fellow and president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said:

“These survey results may surprise some people, but pro-life beliefs have definitely been gaining ground in recent years. Pastors and local churches have played a big part in this by teaching about the sanctity of human life. Ultrasound images plainly show the humanity of the child in the womb, and they are provoking the consciences of Americans. Christians are playing a lead role in providing counsel and practical care for those in need.”

“For almost five decades now, abortion has been a central issue in the life of America. With a majority agreeing that abortion is a sin, we have a clear indication that many Americans want the state to restore protection to the unborn child. There would be considerable support for a Supreme Court decision reversing Roe v. Wade. There is clear support for protecting the life of the unborn, which explains overwhelming opposition to abortion on demand.”

Dr. Stephen Nichols, chief academic officer of Ligonier and president of Reformation Bible College, said:

“Regular churchgoers are even more emphatically opposed to abortion, with 79 percent of them saying that abortion is a sin. Likewise, 76 percent of regular churchgoers say that sexual relationships outside of traditional marriage are sinful. This points to the important worldview impact of going to a faithful church.”

“There is increasing confusion in society today regarding gender, with many believing that gender is a social construct or that people can change their gender. The opening pages of the Bible declare that God created human beings as male and female. There is no gender confusion in Scripture. Our biological gender is woven into our identity and is fundamental to who we are as created by God.”

[Editor’s Note]:  Ligonier Ministries’ 2018 State of Theology survey was conducted by LifeWay Research, which interviewed a representative sample of 3,000 Americans. The full survey results are available online at TheStateOfTheology.com.

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