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Posted: Saturday, May 22, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 9:42 am, Tue Aug 27, 2013.

I heard a radio program the other day that had youth experts discussing the fact that large numbers of young people leave the church after high school.

In my travels, I have discovered what I believe to be the main cause for this occurrence.

Today, far too many youth groups are nothing more than an entertainment time — silly games, greasy pizza and lots of "connecting" are the predominant items on the agenda, with a smidgen of Bible thrown in. This doesn't make for firmly grounded young people.

No wonder they fall away when they go to college or leave home. They haven't a clue about what the Bible says or what they believe or why they believe it. When they are challenged in their faith by a professor or co-worker, they just don't know what to say, and doubts creep in.

We need to get down to some serious Bible teaching and apologetics. These kids are hungry and really want to know if what they believe is true and want answers to their questions about spirituality and life. Unfortunately, they just aren't getting it.

A few years ago, I was invited to address a youth group at a friend's church. I started to bring up some deep things about Christianity, and for two straight hours without a break, they fired one question after another about Christianity, other religions, cults and the biblical world view of life.

I also had the privilege of leading a Bible study at a high school for three years. We would meet early in the morning before school started. I was amazed. These kids in both the youth group and Bible study were hungry for the truth.

The "experts" who say we shouldn't bore kids with theology, deep Bible study and apologetics are wrong. Our youth have been entertained to death. It's time we take the risk and challenge them to go deeper in their faith before it's too late.

Let's not lose this generation because we were more interested in numbers and appearing "cool" than in their walk with God.

Pastor Frank Nolton

New Hope Community Church

Lodi

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9 comments:

  • posted at 11:03 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.

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    bulldog, you state that God can and often does intervene in our lives in answer to prayer and whenever he chooses. It's exactly as I suspected--you DO believe that God calls all the shots. He chooses to intervene or not. A small child is tortured to death and calls out to God, but God chooses not to answer. Another child prays to win his little league game and God chooses to answer. Makes perfect sense.

     
  • posted at 7:14 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.

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    Only one god? According to who? On what evidence?Gods have been created and abandoned according to man’s whims through history and all on the same flimsy claims. The tangled web of nonsense you spout, Bulldog, will ultimately pass from favor as has the nonsense of Zeus, Thor and Apollo – and for the same reason; it is based on nothing more than myth and wishful thinking. Correcting people, telling them “how it works” is ridiculous; it doesn’t work and has never worked. Despite your claims, you have never been “touched” by the creator of the universe because of your prayers.

     
  • posted at 2:25 am on Wed, May 26, 2010.

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    skeptic - No, that is not how it works. First - there is only one God. His Son, Christ, gives us access to Him.Second - God created us with free will. However, He is able to intervene in our lives if He chooses to do so. It is my experience that He can and will divinely intervene in our lives if we ask Him to do so (prayer). He can also intervene in a non-believers life if he so chooses (Saul of Tarsus). Your characterization of a "puppet master" is a distortion of the nature of God. It shows your attempt to make God small so that He fits into your thinking. God's nature, power, and divinity our outside our ability to comprehend at this time. Yet we constantly try to put a box around Him to undersand Him in terms that fit our small understanding.

     
  • posted at 1:47 pm on Tue, May 25, 2010.

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    I've read the book, Bulldog and I recommend everyone read it; nothing will clear one's thinking of the delusions of belief in a magical, conveniently invisible god quite as effectively as reading the bible.

     
  • posted at 12:31 pm on Tue, May 25, 2010.

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    bulldog, are you one of those who believes that the Christian God is the puppet master pulling the strings of life? He decides who lives and who dies each and every day?

     
  • posted at 2:26 am on Tue, May 25, 2010.

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    One day, Billy, God is going to touch your life. He will make it perfectly clear to you that He created you and holds your life in His hands and that you exist because He wills it.Read the book of Acts. Saul was a lot like you.

     
  • posted at 7:28 am on Mon, May 24, 2010.

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    A world filled with humans clamoring to please their imaginary gods are what makes the world a truly frightening place and the world is, in fact, ruled by force.Anyone who believes morals are learned from the bible has not read the book. I suggest you open one, Bulldog.

     
  • posted at 4:10 am on Mon, May 24, 2010.

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    Billy,A world without God is a frightning place. It is a world ruled by situational ethics and force. Mostly force. If there is no absolute moral standard, then anything that can be enforced is what is right. That is how abortion becomes birth control, homosexuality becomes alternative lifestyle, Divorce becomes normal, the family becomes passe, and individual freedom becomes a privilege granted by government. Then those who can enforce their personal ethics and morals are always right.A world without God is also known as Hell.

     
  • posted at 7:38 am on Sat, May 22, 2010.

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    Perhaps modern youth recieved their basic indoctrination in biblical fables and first-century mythology, recognized it for the crock that it is, and moved on to reality. To still be, in the Twenty-First Century, demanding that humankind trudge forelornely backwards to the year Zero requires intellect of the most severely limited variety.

     

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