Monday, January 5, 2009

How To Make Your Child a False Convert

What most churches offer their young people is completely unbiblical and pathetic!

Look at what churches here in Abilene, TX offer their young people:

Trinity Baptist Church: Here is the link to their website:

Here is what they offer:

AWANA (Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed) is a Bible Club for children of all ages. The children participate in Bible time, craft time, and game time. The goal is to prepare teams to compete in the annual AWANA Olympics.

Notice the goal:
To prepare teams to compete in the annual AWANA Olympics!



This is exactly what the bible tells us to offer kids. We all know kids need more game time in their life!

If the children are a little older Trinity offers this:

Jonathan Sanders will lead this aggressive, intense, and fast-paced hour designed for students of Jr. and Sr. High age. Games, praise and worship, drama, and Bible study are all presented using current methods and resources. The purpose of Rush Hour is to provide an atmosphere that will enable students to invite friends, as well as for students to experience growth in their own walk with Christ. They meet in the Student Center. There is everything from a snack shack; a game room stocked with pool tables, air hockey, ping-pong, and foosball; a lounge in which you can kick back and relax while watching videos or playing video games; to basketball, and more. Doors open at 6:30 and close at 9PM.

Wow, that all sounds biblical!

The Oasis Student Impact exists to equip students to be Christian leaders, to share Christ with non-believers, to serve others, to connect with one another, and to love God with their total being.

But wait there is more
Whether it's being a part of the weekly "Wide-Awake" Bible Study on Sunday mornings at 9:45 AM, worshipping God at the "students only" praise and worship service, "Rush Hour" Wednesday evenings @ 7:15, (which includes a live band, drama, hilarious skits and challenging messages), being Christ to our community at "L1FE", the Sunday evening outreach @ 6 PM, or being involved in the many wild and crazy activities we do, the students of The Oasis Student Impact know that this is a place that they can come and have fun, hang out with friends, and at the same time, be challenged to develop a lifelong passion for God.

These methods have proven to not work over and over again but guess what, the church keeps offering the same garbage!

let's check out North Side Baptist:

Here the link to their website: Church

Teen Ministries:
Middle School (6th-8th grade)
Every Sunday Morning at 10a.m., we meet in our Gym. Our Teen Staff provide a 2 hour program. We start off by going into 4 Sunday School Classes=2 Teen girl classes, and 2 Teen boy classes. After our Class time, we have some fun with our Wacky game time. Then our Teen Service begins with Bible Games, Singing, and a Bible Message.

High School (9th- 12th grade)
Every Sunday Morning at 10a.m., we meet in our High School Class room. At 9:45a.m. we have Cokes and Donuts provided, plus our Game Room is open. At 10, we have a great Teen Bible Study. Each week we have different topics, that Teens can relate to, and what the Bible has to say, and how God can help them and guide them in their lives!

Every Wednesday Night at 7:30p.m. we have a fantastic Teen Bible Hour in our Teen Room. We have crazy games, Christian videos, etc., Teen singing, and a Bible Message. There is something different every Wednesday. It is a great way for Teens to invite their friends to come and be around other Christian Teens. You will have that middle-of-the-week challenge to serve the Lord.

All of that sounds very biblical!

I am a pastor of a church and I would never allow these kinds of programs anywhere near my church!

Young people need to be taught the word of God, they need to be taught doctrine and theology. They need to be taught church history. The early Church used Catechisms to teach their children!

Here is what the young people are learning at my Church right now:

Q. Did God leave all mankind to perish in the state of sin and misery?
A. God having, out of his good pleasure from all eternity, elected some to everlasting life (2 Thess. 2:13), did enter into a covenant of grace to deliver them out of the state of sin and misery, and to bring them into a state of salvation by a Redeemer (Rom. 5:21).


Q. Who is the Redeemer of God's elect?
A. The only Redeemer of God's elect is the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Tim. 2:5), who being the eternal Son of God, became man (Jn. 1:14), and so was and continues to be God and man, in two distinct natures and one person for ever (1 Tim. 3:16; Col. 2:9).


Q. How did Christ, being the Son of God, become man?
A. Christ, the son of God, became man by taking to himself a true body (Heb. 2:14), and a reasonable soul (Matt. 26:38; Heb. 4:15), being conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit in the Virgin Mary, and born of her (Lk. 1:31, 35), yet without sin (Heb. 7:26).

Q. How are we made partakers of the redemption purchased by Christ?
A. We are made partakers of the redemption purchased by Christ, by the effectual application of it to us (Jn. 1:12) by his Holy Spirit. (Tit. 3:5-6)


Q. How does the Spirit apply to us the redemption purchased by Christ?
A. The Spirit applies to us the redemption purchased by Christ, by working faith in us (Eph. 2:8), and by it uniting us to Christ in our effectual calling (Eph. 3:17).


Q. What is effectual calling?
A. Effectual calling is the work of God's Spirit (2 Tim. 1:9) whereby, convincing us of our sin and misery (Acts 2:37), enlightening our minds in the knowledge of Christ (Acts 26:18), and renewing our wills (Ezek. 36:26), he does persuade and enable us to embrace Jesus Christ freely offered to us in the gospel (Jn. 6:44-45).


Q. What benefits do they who are effectually called, partake of in this life?
A. They who are effectually called, do in this life partake of justification (Rom. 8:30), adoption (Eph. 1:5), sanctification, and the various benefits which in this life do either accompany, or flow from them (1 Cor. 1:30).


Q. What is justification?
A. Justification is an act of God's free grace, wherein he pardons all our sins (Rom. 3:24; Eph. 1:7), and accepts us as righteous in his sight (2 Cor. 5:21) only for the righteousness of Christ imputed to us (Rom. 5:19), and received by faith alone (Gal. 2:16; Phil. 3:9).


Q. What is adoption?
A. Adoption is an act of God's free grace (1 Jn. 3:1), whereby we are received into the number, and have a right to all the privileges of the sons of God (Jn. 1:12; Rom. 8:17).


Q. What is sanctification?
A. Sanctification is the work of God's Spirit (2 Thess. 2:13), whereby we are renewed in the whole man after the image of God (Eph. 4:24), and are enabled more and more to die to sin, and live to righteousness (Rom. 6:11).


Q. What are the benefits which in this life do either accompany or flow from justification, adoption, and sanctification?
A. The benefits which in this life do accompany or flow from justification (Rom. 5:1-2, 5), are assurance of God's love, peace of conscience, joy in the Holy Spirit (Rom. 14:17), increase of grace, perseverance in it to the end (Prov. 4:18; 1 Jn. 5:13; 1 Pet. 1:5).

We keep the family together for worship as much as possible!

Church is not a place for children to be entertained but instructed in the deep things of God!

Parents wake up and repent! Place your children in a church where they are taught the word of God.
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