BETHESDA, Md. - In the 21st century, many feel American culture is steadily moving away from its Christian roots.
Some call it a "post-Christian" culture while others say the phenomenon is anti-Christian.
R.C. Sproul Jr. is an author and speaker who teaches Christians how to live out their faith in modern times. He shared his message at the "Being a Christian in a Post-Christian Culture" conference in Washington, D.C. The event was put on by Ligonier Ministries Sept. 17-18.
R.C. Sproul Jr. talked in-depth with CBN News about how Christians can live out their faith in an increasingly post-Christian culture. Click here to watch that full interview.
Sproul spoke of how, when America embraced Christianity, there was no conflict in standing proudly for both Christ and your country.
"It was very easy for Christians to confuse their faith in Christ with what it meant to be an American," he said. "But as the American culture sinks deeper and deeper into unbelief, the Christian is much better equipped to say 'that's not us.'"
Robert Godfrey, president of Westminster Seminary California, told attendees that picking Christ over the decaying culture in the U.S. will in the end make Christians better Americans.
"We have to understand Christ's call upon us in order to understand how our secondary responsibility to function as faithful American citizens can be fulfilled," he explained.
Faith leaders at the conference pointed out Christians can't take back the culture by educating themselves to a point of superior knowledge. They have to first let Christ win their hearts before they can win others' hearts.
"The Bible doesn't say that our problem is that we're stupid. The Bible says that our problem is that we're wicked. We need to understand that we don't fix the problem by more programs, by more studies, by reading better books," Sproul said. "We need to be worried and concerned about how our hearts are and that influences and interacts with how our minds think as well."
Pastor Burk Parsons, who gave up fame and fortune with the singing group Backstreet Boys to become a minister, said Christians must surrender to Christ to win the war for souls and society.
"He didn't say come up with different gimmicks and methods and all these different strategies to try and build My church, but rather 'I will build My church,'" Parsons said. "There was a promise that He was the One who would not only bring people out of the world, draw people out of darkness and into His marvelous light, but that He would make them able to withstand anything that would come against them, even death itself."