A new study has revealed that 22% of U.S. evangelicals appear to reject the Bible’s teaching that the gender of a person as male or female is given by God, the Creator, and instead believe in “gender fluidity.” While 73% of American evangelicals disagree that “gender identity is a matter of choice,” 22% say they believe in that statement, according to the LifeWay Research “State of Theology” poll recently released. The survey, sponsored by Orlando-based Ligonier Ministries, and conducted by surveying more than 3,000 Americans, also showed that Americans with evangelical beliefs (73%) are more likely to disagree that “gender identity is a matter of choice” than those without evangelical beliefs (47%).
The survey found that 44% of Americans overall agree with gender fluidity, with those in the age group of 18 to 34, at 50% agreement. However, Americans age 50-64 are the most likely to disagree (64%). The poll also reveals that Americans in a rural area (56%) are more likely to disagree with gender fluidity than those in a large city (45%). The study found that Americans who attend a Church service at least once or twice a month are more likely to disagree that gender identity is a choice than those who do not (57% vs. 47%). LifeWay also asked respondents if they believe “the Bible’s condemnation of homosexual behaviour still applies today.” The study found that Americans with evangelical beliefs are more likely to agree than those without evangelical beliefs (81% vs. 34%).
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