Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Youth Leaving the Faith

The Church at Varengeville, c.1882

As you look on the church landscape, youth are leaving the faith in droves.  The modern church, overall, is struggling to reach the next generation with the gospel.  What has happened?  Whether for good or bad, men, for many years, have been inventing solutions or brainstorming ideas without fully relying upon the foundation of God’s Word.  God, however, is greater than man, and as the heavens are above the earth, so are His ways higher than ours and His thoughts than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9).  We have substituted the greater for the lesser – God’s wisdom for man’s ideas.  Jesus said that he who hears His Word and does it, is like a man that built his house upon a rock, and when the storm came, it stood firm.  On the other hand, he who rejects His Word, is like a man who built on the sand and when the storm came, the house fell (Matthew 7:24-25).

Shouldn’t the church, as a whole, abandon the sandy ideas of man and shamelessly return to the firm rock of the Word of God?  God’s Word sufficiently identifies how youth are to be reached.  For more information on this issue, please see the film Divided, which is a documentary on age-segregated youth ministry in America.  Watch it for free (for a limited time) at  For an in-depth study, the book A Weed in the Church delves into the topic and more thoroughly handles the Scripture passages that address ministry to young people.  For other details or to help spread the message, visit

Our children are our heritage.


  1. So true, Shelly. The producers of Divided are looking for people to help spread the word. Maybe you post about it too?

  2. I have watched Divided tooand I just thought it was a great film. It really spoke the truth! I tell everyone I know about it and have spread the word that they can now watch it for free for a limited time. Do you know what response I have got??? Dead silence!! Most people I know are so into the youth programs...however I see the youth that are coming out of those programs and it is so sad. I pray that families start going back to the true word of God and stop following the way of the world.

  3. It is sad how many don't want to take heed to these wise words. I was once part of these youth programs and know firsthand how destructive they are. Keep spreading the word--maybe some will be responsive :)


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