Why Entertainment is Costing the Church its Young People

from A Clear Lens by

I’ve heard it time and time again.  The church is losing its young people.  If this trend continues, within a few generations, the church will be dead.  Devoted Christians are losing their children to the world.  As soon as they go to college, it seems, they fall away.  Why?  Why is this happening to us?

Well, to start with, it is absolutely a fact that the church is losing its young people.  Some statistics in polls of youth groups show that as many as three-fourths of teenagers intend to leave once they are out of their parents’ home.  That’s not even the highest statistic.  J. Warner Wallace in 2012 collected a lot of good data about this, and in one of the studies he cited from 2002, 88 percent of children in evangelical homes left at the age of 18.  There is a case to be made that these children are not leaving, but that instead Jehovah never had them, as a minister said in an article from the Christian Chronicle in 2007.  So in that case, let’s rephrase the question.  Why aren’t the hearts of our young people, who grow up knowing and seeing so much of the grace of Jehovah, being led to Him?

More at http://clearlens.org/2014/08/01/why-entertainment-is-costing-the-church-its-young-people/

One Response

  1. In my experience, children often inherit the faith of their parents (or lack thereof). This is by no means a hard and fast rule, but the proof is overwhelming.

    Bottom line is, we need to evaluate our discipleship as parents before we can address the issue of raising up the next generation of believers.

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