I just finished reading an article titled, Why Young Christians Aren’t Waiting Anymore, and it reminded me of a criticism I’ve heard nearly all of my Christian life. From long before Creation Revolution was launched a year ago, I’ve had one critic after another point out that most Christians aren’t any different than anyone else and those that claim otherwise are hypocrites. Upon reading this article, I decided to use this week’s Feed Back to comment on the article and answer the critics.
The article I was referring to deals with the topic of pre-marital sex. Current studies and surveys indicate that the rates among evangelical Christians are nearly identical to those of non-Christians. In one study of young adults between the ages of 18 to 29, 80 percent of evangelical unmarrieds admitted to having pre-marital sex compared to 88 percent of non-evangelicals.
In most of the interviews with evangelical unmarrieds, the reasons for engaging in pre-marital sex generally had to do with peer pressure and the concept that all of their evangelical friends were doing it so it much not be that bad.
In this case, the critics are right in their criticism of young evangelical Christians being no different than non-Christians. They appear just as worldly and immoral as anyone else.
It’s a sad commentary of the Christian church in America and just how worldly it has become. This is what Christ was talking about in Mark 4 and the parable of sowing the seeds in different types of ground. Christ explained the parable by saying:
The sower sows the word. And these are the ones along the path, where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them. And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: the ones who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy. And they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away. And others are the ones sown among thorns. They are those who hear the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. But those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold. Mark 4:14-20
Many of the young evangelical unmarrieds in the studies and surveys are like the seeds that fell amongst the thorns. They’ve heard the Word and say they believe, but soon find themselves choked out by the desires of the world and the flesh.
More than anything, I blame the liberal theologians that have infiltrated the Christian church much like yeast permeates through a batch of dough. They started years ago by picking and choosing what sections of Scripture they believe and what ones they don’t want to believe. Then they climbed into the pulpit and spread their own personal unbelief to those sitting in the pews. The people in the pews then hear the teaching of these apostate preachers and believe them to be learned men of God, so they accept the same compromised views of Scripture that the preachers believe. From there, unbelief and compromise spreads throughout the Church as a whole like a growing plague.
This also explains why other studies reveal the growing unbelief among professing Christians. In 2000, Barna Reseach reported that only 53% of Christian leaders believe in moral absolutes, only 44% of Christian adults believe in a moral absolute truth and only 9% of born again teenagers believed in a moral absolute truth.
You can clearly see how the rate of unbelief precipitously drops from the pulpit to the parent to the teenager in just one generation. With only 9% of evangelical teens believing in a moral absolute truth, is it any wonder why so many of them are abandoning their Christian teachings and engaging in sexual activities before marriage?
Fortunately there are those that still cling to the entire Word of God as being the only source of absolute truth in the world today. I’m proud to say that my oldest daughter Crystal stood firm on her Christian faith and refused to give in to the pressures of the world and some of the guys she dated. Crystal got married at age 32 and was proud of the fact that she was still a virgin. She has been married now for over 2 years and her husband continually thanks my wife and I for raising her with such a strong faith in Jesus Christ. I’m proud to say that in Crystal’s case, the seed was planted in good soil and has grown strong with firm roots.
Many young parents today are beside themselves with anxieties about their children, and, sadly, confusion too about how to nurture them. The ongoing addiction of our times to the heresy of modernity and its proud rejection and ignorance of the tested and tried wisdom of the past, inevitably leads to dysfunction in home and family life. Sadly, the older, wiser counsel of Gods Word, and especially of the book of Proverbs, is unknown or neglected. Yet Proverbs was composed specifically as a manual for home and family instruction, and to prepare us for life in the world. It is a divinely given handbook to help parents.
Proverbs and Ken Wingate following them shows us the way to possess the jewel of all jewels in a well-adorned life: wisdom that is rooted in the knowledge of, and reverential love for, God. Here is true wisdom that will prove to be worth its weight in gold in every age and culture. Ken Wingate now brings it into our needy culture, and I for one am grateful to him for sharing his gift as a father with other fathers and mothers, and sons and daughters too.
Here then is a book for parents to read on their own; for teenagers to read on their own; for parents and teenagers, who are willing to take the family challenge, to read round the table after dinner or on other occasions. It points us to Gods way. It promises us Gods grace. What could be better for us than that?