SES president responds to decline of biblical worldview in modern families

Judge Phil Ginn: ‘The message of hope found in a true revival of a biblical worldview is the only thing standing between our beloved nation and oblivion’

May 23, 2022

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A disturbing report revealed that only 2% of American parents possess a true biblical worldview, resulting in the decline of Christian ideology in young children. This concerning trend, according to the report, has been continuing for almost 25 years. The study points to several reasons for this result, including the secularization of news, art, and entertainment. The report adds that public schools and governmental laws foster a culture where wisdom and biblical truth have little room to grow.

These results are especially concerning for Judge Phil Ginn, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, Ginn commented on this decline in biblical worldview and what it might mean for the evangelical church.

Ginn stated, “Deep in the heart of most Americans, we know that something in our culture just isn’t right. The world as we knew it is changing — seemingly dissolving — right before our eyes, and sometimes it’s difficult for us to put our finger on what the cause is, much less the answer to the dilemma. 

“Amidst this malaise, Dr. George Barna released a study indicating that millennial moms and dads simply aren’t passing on a biblical worldview to their children. The problem identified as the culprit in this lack of biblical training is the even more disheartening idea that today’s parents don’t even have a biblical worldview of their own to pass along to their children.”

Ginn continued, “According to this study, this trend has been increasing over the last 25 years. In other words, we are now in the second generation of the problem, and it appears to be picking up steam.

“I don’t know about you, but I detect an analogous decline in the quality of our individual lives and the values of our culture over this same 25-year period. Is there a connection? You better believe there is if you care about what is happening not only in America, but in the Christian church as well.”

Ginn concluded, “We at SES are extremely concerned about this predicament. That’s why we are not afraid to engage our culture with the Gospel and to be steadfast in the truth in the face of those who would seek to limit the proclamation of the Gospel message. This message of hope found in a true revival of a biblical worldview is the only thing standing between our beloved nation and oblivion. Only a real robust faith can heal the souls who make up our nation and give them a calm assurance of their eternal destiny at the same time.”

Judge Phil Ginn was appointed president of SES in April 2021 after a distinguished career as both a lawyer and a judge. He holds a B.A. from Appalachian State University, a J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Doctor of Ministry from Southern Evangelical Seminary. Prior to his appointment as SES president, Judge Ginn served as SES Chairman of the Board of Trustees. 

The mission of SES is to train men and women, based on the inerrant and infallible written Word of God, for the evangelization of the world and the defense of the historic Christian faith. SES offers a range of undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees (along with several for-credit certificates) that uniquely integrate theology, philosophy, and apologetics to build a complete and systematic Christian worldview.

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