Whether or not your pastor talks about how belief in Darwinian evolution undermines the authority of God’s Word, chances are that evolutionary thinking is already firmly established in your church.
That’s the idea presented in the new film Divided: Is Age-Segregated Ministry Multiplying or Dividing the Church?1 In the documentary, filmmaker Philip LeClerc set out to discover why young people were leaving the church and turning away from God. A 2007 survey by LifeWay Research found that “70 percent of young adults ages 23-30 stopped attending church regularly for at least a year between ages 18-22.”2
Former youth pastor Boyd Dellinger commented in the film:
I look back and realize I did more harm to families than I ever imagined. I see that more as I look back because I was usurping the authority of parents, especially fathers by having their children’s hearts turn towards me—with their permission.1
Scott T. Brown, director of the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches, which produced the film, said that the age-segregated church is antithetical to Scripture.
“The church has become divided generationally,” Brown told The Christian Post. “It’s not doing what Scripture prescribes and is actually doing something foreign to Scripture by dividing people by age or by life stage.”3
But if age-segregation isn’t found in the Bible, where did it come from?
According to the film, LeClerc’s research led him to the ancient Greek philosopher Plato, who said that children should be taken from their parents and trained by the state. Men like French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Sunday school founder Robert Raikes, educator and atheist John Dewey, and psychologist G. Stanley Hall also influenced the modern education system, which separates children by age….
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