Contributing to Abandonment

I have received reports and articles with the sad news that many young people (and some older people) are abandoning the church. One part of the answer is found in the previous two articles. Our secular educational system is one contributing factor to this abandonment. Ironically, another contributing factor is the church! The educational community does this because of its secular worldview, a worldview that permeates the entire educational establishment. The church, in far too many instances, contributes by default. I believe the church has a major responsibility to reverse this trend. It is found in Ephesians 4:11-14. “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.” In short, we need to teach the Truths that the Bible teaches, why we believe them, and how to defend them, beginning with how we know that the Bible is the Word of Almighty God. There is another contributing factor and that is hypocrisy. The pulpits need to address this and the matter of settling for an “intellectual only embracing of Truth. We need to experience God’s Truths lived out and enjoyed in our daily lives. When young people (and others) see it work in our lives, they will be much more likely to trust God’s Truth. John Ellerton addressed it well in his hymn, “Shine Thou upon Us, Lord.” “Live Thou within us, Lord — Thy mind and will be ours: Be Thou beloved, adored and served with all our pow’rs, that so our lives may teach Thy children what Thou art, and plead, by more than speech, for Thee with ev’ry heart.” Selah! We need to believe God’s Truth, be able to defend it, and let Jesus live it out in our behavior, attitudes, values and love.    Ron

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