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What Is Causing Young People to Lose Their Faith?

How Can We Prevent Our Young People from Losing Faith? What Is Causing Young People to Abandone the Faith – Lose Their Faith?This question highlights an unfortunate trend. As numerous recent books and studies have revealed, a large number of todays youth are becoming disenchanted with the church. As a result, they are either leaving the church altogether or exploring other avenues to satisfy their spiritual appetites. And, contrary to what some may believe, more young people leave the church during their middle and high school years than will leave during their college years. Over 60 percent of young adults who attended church in their teens will ultimately become spiritually disengaged at some point during their twenties (The Barna Group). Although the reasons behind this youthful exodus are many and varied, the answer to this epidemic is really quite simple. Our children need to fully understand that Scripture alone can give life and bring sanctification to a sinful soul, and only Scripture can equip us to discern truth from error. Yet, as the apostle Paul aptly pointed out, how can they believe when theyve not heard? (Romans 10:14). In a world in which there is a growing tide of hostility towards Christianity, we need to teach our children the Word of God and how to defend it (1 Peter 3:15). There are three places our children ultimately learn and develop their worldview and belief system: school, church, and home. Beginning around age five, kids will spend the better part of two decades becoming educated. And public school systems, along with the colleges and universities, continue to indoctrinate kids with the religious beliefs of humanists. Half a century ago, the United States Supreme Court recognized humanism as a religion. So, when the Bible and prayer were tossed out of public schools, they did not throw out religion. They simply replaced the Christian worldview with an atheistic one. As a result, practically everything a child learns in school about science and history has nothing to do with God. Everything is explained without any reference to our Creator. On the other hand, while kids are in school they are taught and expected to tolerate all beliefs, points of view, and different behavioral preferences. A sign at one college epitomizes this expected tolerance: It is OK for you to think you are right. It is NOT OK for you to think someone else is wrong. It should come as no surprise, then, that over 70 percent of young adults under the age 25 think all beliefs are equally valid. Lets look at the church, as this is certainly a place where the truth of Gods Word should be vigorously defended. Unfortunately, however, more and more churches are deviating from scriptural truth. The apostle Paul warned us this would happen (2 Timothy 4:3). Discussing the churchs diminishing adherence to the hard truths of Gods Word, Charles Spurgeon had this to say: There will come another generation, and another, and all these generations will be tainted and injured if we are not faithful to God and to His truth today. How is the world to be saved if the church is false to her Lord? One theologian aptly commented in response: We who love the Lord and His church must not sit by while the church gains momentum on the down-grade of worldliness and compromise. Men and women before us have paid with their blood to deliver the faith intact to us. Now, it is our turn to guard the truth. It is a task that calls for courage, not compromise. And it is a responsibility that demands unwavering devotion to a very narrow development of a Christian foundation, then, must begin at home with the parents. Yet the truth is that, by the time the average child leaves for college at age 18, he or she will have never read the entire Bible (which can be read cover to cover in about 80 hours), and many will never have opened a Bible. Yet they will have watched roughly 21,000 30,000 hours of television, which will most definitely have played a significant role in developing their :

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