Saved By Grace Is A Powerful Tool For Confident Living
A growing number of studies have shown the benefit of religious faith to personal well-being.1-3 Teleios, Inc., surveyed evangelical Christians to evaluate confidence in salvation and associations with well-being and adherence to their faith.
We included 1526 participants who completed a survey advertised on the Instagram account Instapray. We examined those who identified themselves as ‘saved by grace’ (16%, n=243; SBG) compared to all others who did not confidently express their salvation (84%, n=1283; OTHERS).
The majority of respondents were:
- Female – 70%
- Had at least some college education – 53%
- Average age – 23 years
- Evangelical – 73%
The survey provided 4 powerful findings. Those who said they were saved by grace:
1. Practiced their faith – They adhered more to the practice of their faith (P>0.03; Figure 1).
Fig 1: Adherence to faith (overall rating, scale 0-6 with 6 having high participation)
|Answer Options||SBG Rating||OTHERS Rating||P-value|
|I attend church||4.10||3.66||<0.0001|
|I study the Bible directly (either alone, with a mentor or small group)||4.78||3.95||<0.0001|
|I pray to God||5.76||5.59||0.029|
|I praise God||5.56||5.35||0.0088|
|I teach others directly from the Bible||3.03||2.18||<0.0001|
|I share verbally the specific Gospel message with an unbeliever||2.10||1.72||<0.0001|
|I have Christian fellowship where biblical topics are discussed||3.78||2.81||<0.0001|
Fig 2: I can lose my salvation due to?
|Committing too many different varieties of sins.||5%||11||14%||184|
|Committing the same sin too many times.||5%||13||16%||240|
|Committing a really bad sin.||3%||8||11%||171|
|Any combination of the above 3 responses.||12%||28||17%||260|
|Not following scripture.||15%||36||20%||308|
|Not making Jesus Lord of my life||44%||106||47%||716|
|Nothing. Salvation cannot be lost.||51%||125||27%||404|
Fig 3: Well-being (overall rating, scale 0-6 with 6 being most agreement)
|Answer Options||SBG |
|I have good wellbeing||4.79||4.58||0.013|
|I am content with life||4.70||4.28||<0.0001|
|I have peace||4.73||4.29||<0.0001|
|I am joyful||4.90||4.54||0.001|
|I have purpose||5.31||4.97||0.019|
Fig 4: Why do you have guilt?
|Answer Options – I think my sins are forgiven through faith in Christ, but…||%||N||%||N|
|I am unsure if all my past sins really are forgiven.||3%||8||10%||134|
|I have committed sins since I believed, and I am not sure they are forgiven.||6%||15||14%||173|
|I am still committing sins that I really do not want to stop.||16%||39||25%||315|
|I have committed sins since and fear God is angry, so I am unsure He hears or answers my prayers.||13%||32||23%||294|
I am unsure if my current good works are enough to assure His continued satisfaction with me.
|I do not have guilt.||35%||86||25%||325|
In addition, those most confident in being saved by grace were more likely to specify they were evangelical (93%) than those less able to clearly express salvation by grace (69%).
WHAT IT MEANS
Young people who identify as evangelical need to be confident in the terms of their salvation and practice their faith to achieve a higher level of well-being, contentment, peace, joy and sense of purpose as well as less guilt!
Having faith in salvation by grace through Jesus Christ improves your well-being!
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- WR MacIlvaine, LA Nelson, JA Stewart, WC Stewart. Association of strength of religious adherence to quality of life measures. Complement Ther Clin Pract 2013; 19: 251-255.
- WR MacIlvaine, LA Nelson, JA Stewart, WC Stewart. Association of strength of community service to personal well-being. Community Ment Health J 2014; 50: 577-582.
- WC Stewart, MP Adams, JA Stewart, LA Nelson. Review of clinical medicine and religious practice. J Relig Health 2013; 52: 91-106.