Homeschool Helpers

Newsletter
Issue 141, January 10, 2009
From Homeschool Helpers

By Dan L. White

in association with Pass It On Ministries

 

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The Church of God (Seventh Day) puts out a magazine called The Bible Advocate, which has been put out under one name or another for about a century and a half. Dozens of ministers of that church denomination were asked what challenges they face in their denomination in the next decade. In their Jan/Feb issue, The Bible Advocate magazine listed thirty-four responses to their question. I believe their concerns are common to most churches. These responses were included.

1. Retaining youth as committed members.

2. The Church needs to recognize how permissive we’ve become, how seduced by the world. Our children and we live in compromise.

3. Strengthening the family by providing meaningful ministry opportunities to and for every age group.

4. Keeping youth in the church after high school.

5. Building marriage and family.

6. Training pastors and congregations in how to keep our youth in the Church and in their faith.

7. More instruction on living in this age and culture, addressing subjects that contradict our beliefs, like evolution, age of the earth, God’s existence, etc. Train youth to handle finances lifelong, to be sanctified in our crazy world.

8. Train and equip pastors. Retain our youth and young adults, helping them find their place in ministry.

9. Keeping our young people and our doctrinal integrity.

10. Evangelism: personal, practical, and proven evangelistic approaches, with emphasis on reaching family first and former Church members.

 

Of the thirty-four different responses, these ten responses had to do with youth or family, which includes youth. That was the most prevalent theme in the responses. None of the listed responses included speaking out against sin.

 

Let’s examine those responses about youth.

 

1. Retaining youth as committed members.

 

Many churches face this challenge. The nation is rapidly changing from an outwardly Christian nation to being openly anti-Christian. Christianity is under attack in America, formerly with stealth, now with brazen openness. In reality, the youth who leave these churches either join or indirectly support the attackers of Christ. This is not opinion. This is a statistical fact, as was shown with the Obama election. Over and over churches make this complaint: how do we keep the young people in the church.

2. The Church needs to recognize how permissive we’ve become, how seduced by the world. Our children and we live in compromise.

I would totally agree with this assessment and apply it to basically all churches. For example, when an unmarried girl becomes pregnant, no one dares condemn the sin of fornication or deal with the girl or the guy as Paul dealt with the Corinthian sex sinner. The church only tries to show the love of Christ, and in so doing may well cut off the sinner from the love of Christ, because they fail to follow Christ’s example and say, “Go and sin no more.” The young people engage in sin without rebuke and they think that God loves them that way.

3. Strengthening the family by providing meaningful ministry opportunities to and for every age group.

Families are not primarily strengthened by church ministries. Families are strengthened by following Christ, not churches. Families have made terrible mistakes in trusting their education to the government and their spiritual well-being to the churches. Churches are composed primarily of people who ignore God and the Bible all week, then get together once a week with a bunch of other people who do the same. Somehow they think that God is going to be among all those people who spend almost all their lives ignoring Him. If families are to be strengthened, they must go directly to the source of spiritual power.

4. Keeping youth in the church after high school.

This statement has two presumptions: one, that the youth will leave the church; two, that the youth will go to high schools. Those two are directly connected. Churches do not see this connection.

5. Building marriage and family.

To support marriage and family requires standing against the society that is destroying marriage and family. Churches will not do that. Modern families are destroyed by the modern lifestyle, where both parents work and they send their kids to the government to raise in the public schools. This will soon be from dark to dark and from New Year’s to Christmas. Churches have an inherent conflict here. To spiritually support the family means that the church has to stand against this routine panic lifestyle. But the more of their people who work, the more they give to the church. Churches hate to stand against that and have not.

6. Training pastors and congregations in how to keep our youth in the Church and in their faith.

Pastors and churches can’t be trained in how to keep the youth, because they don’t know how. That is obvious by what is already happening, where they admit they are losing their youth. To keep youth pointed to Christ, churches have to reverse what they are doing now.

7. More instruction on living in this age and culture, addressing subjects that contradict our beliefs, like evolution, age of the earth, God’s existence, etc. Train youth to handle finances lifelong, to be sanctified in our crazy world.

Actually, evolution is not such a big problem if young people are not indoctrinated in that faith to begin with. The idea that life comes from nothing is, after all, a most absurd idea. It is only through extensive indoctrination and intimidation that America’s youth absorb it. Once they accept evolution, they lose God and they cannot live a sanctified or set apart life. The obvious solution here is not to have them taught evolution in the first place.

8. Train and equip pastors. Retain our youth and young adults, helping them find their place in ministry.

As more of America’s youth turn against Christ, that leaves fewer and fewer who want to be full time ministry workers. This is a factor that has yet to reach its full impact. The more the church tries to protect itself by not standing against the world, the more it is cutting its own throat.

9. Keeping our young people and our doctrinal integrity.

As the young people are indoctrinated in a different way of life through the education system, even those who do stay with churches are greatly affected by that. When they become adults, they then change those churches to be more like the society that has taught them. They lose their “doctrinal integrity.”

10. Evangelism: personal, practical, and proven evangelistic approaches, with emphasis on reaching family first and former Church members.

This speaks of evangelizing family members in the faith. The fact, though, is that this is not being done because, as so many of these responses indicate, the young are not being converted to Christ.

Therefore, if they will evangelize the young, they have to do something different than they’re doing now.

What is that?

They have to get their young people out of the idolatry indoctrination institution – the public schools. The public schools are the second most effective religious evangelization program going, converting almost all children of Christian families to Godless liberalism. Yet almost no church will make a stand against the most dominant purveyor of evil in the land.

The churches don’t stand against the left wing schools because they are afraid of offending their people and losing them. And what happens? They lose the next generation, anyway. By not standing against this evil now, they are losing their church, they are losing their whole country, and they are even losing the freedom to be a Christian in America, as we see with Obama’s Hate Crime Law.

What can a church, whether a denomination or a local group, do to face the challenges listed above? Encourage families to homeschool. Give messages about parents teaching children what is right and not allowing their young to be taught evil. Use the church and its facilities as a homeschool gathering place for local homeschool families.

As we often state, about four out of five Christian kids who go to the public schools reject Christ as adults. About four out of five Christian homeschool grads become Christians as adults. Christian homeschooling is the single most effective evangelization program. What the Church of God (Seventh Day) and almost all other churches are doing has brought us to where we are now, with Obama’s election and the nation forever altered. He has declared that America is not a Christian nation and he has promoted becoming Sodom more than all other presidents before him combined. The greatest service these churches can give is to get their young out of the indoctrination of evil in the public schools and into the knowledge and admonition of the Lord, taught by Christian parents, in Christian home schools, supported by Christian churches.