Youth Ministry is Segregation in the Corrupt Church System
There are startling statistics that church youth ministries have been ineffective. Two-thirds of the youth are going to abandon Christ if they even know him at all. Youth ministries are hindering kids from growing spiritually in the way of Christ and the principles of the Kingdom of God. Their gospel of fun, games and hype have replaced the genuine Gospel of the Kingdom. Generations of youth do not even know about having the genuine faith of following Christ, or respect the word of God in their actions and behaviours.
What is the inspiration behind so many youth turning their backs on Christ?
Why do they not respect the way of Christ and Kingdom principles?
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6
A Hindrance to the Gospel
Simply put, the answer is summed up in the verse in Proverbs. If the generation of our youth are not trained in the way that they should go, there will be failure.
Who is responsible?
It is the esteemed youth ministry programs that consist of fun and games with cherry-picked Scripture verses on occasion. The fact is that youth ministries have always been a hindrance to the genuine Gospel and it spiritually harms the family and the body of Christ.
Today, what usually resonates with the youth about their leader is that he is a cool guy who can relate to them on their level. This may sound harmless, but the dire statistics show that more than eighty percent of the youth that come out of their church programs will turn away from their supposed faith in God.
What is the problem?
Youth culture embraces the idea of reaching the lost with music concerts, light shows, smoke and mirrors with lots of hype as a way of bringing them closer to God. The youth are exposed to the worldly experiences as a means to attain God versus sound biblical teaching. The truth of God’s word has taken a back seat to fun, games and the latest parlour tricks. There is really no distinction between worldliness and godliness as the lines have become blurred into the same thing.
Many of the youth today believe that Scripture is subjective. Truth has become relative as God's word is interpreted through the lens of man’s ideologies and denominational traditions rather than the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Why do the youth have so many doubts about God?
These doubts even come from kids who are living in supposed Christian homes with their parents.The problem is that the youth are attracted to the religious program, the money is there, the events are stellar, but there is no fruit that results.
You have to wonder when these kids go to bed at night, do they really know who, or what 'it' was all about?
Is the Gospel about smashing watermelons, making music videos, doing the Harlem Shake and imitating the way of the world?
What has really been accomplished in their hearts?
Playing church with a hip folk hero youth leader is nowhere to be found in Scripture.Who should we blame?
Are we as parents taking responsibility for passing Scripture and its principles on to our children?Is it the hireling youth pastor’s role to do so?
Is being a master at fun and games in a hopped-up atmosphere to get people in the church doors really going to bring a generation up who will repent of their sins and desire to walk in the way of Christ?
The authenticity of the Gospel comes from something that is true and real and is not contrived by man. The church system and their youth ministries have opened their arms to the foolishness of the world’s ways to reach our kids.
The fact is that if the standard of Scripture was acknowledged, the concept of what youth ministry is today would cease to exist.
Primary source documents reveal that the origins of youth ministry and Sunday school comes from ideologies of men like Robert Raikes. He attempted to reach prisoners and under-educated kids with his social reform programs. His prison program eventually failed and the error of his segregated Sunday school programs can be seen by its affects today.
It is apparent that the family nature of the body of Christ is being corrupted and destroyed for segregated ministries and church programs. Fathers and mothers have relinquished their responsibility to disciple their children and the youth have become segregated into their own culture. The pattern of church education is no different than system of the world. The church and school hallways are no different. The youth are chattel who go through a series of processes or curricula into segregated age groups and become products of their Gospel name-brand.
What happened to the biblical principle of children being discipled by their parents?
When did following Christ lead to segregated classroom environments?
When did it become appropriate for adults to be segregated from youth?
A brief understanding of the historical roots of church youth program methodologies lead all the way back to 380 BC where a philosopher, Plato had the idea that children must be separated from their parents.
In the 1700’s, Jean Jacques Rousseau believed that education of the children was more important to the state than to their families.
As already mentioned, Robert Raikes founded a social reform program called Sunday school for street children. G. Stanley Hall applied Darwinian evolution to child development theory and John Dewey instituted the age segregated learning environment.
It is obvious that the church system today has embraced these humanistic seeds and the bad fruit has manifested. The ideologies of these men and all those who embrace them are at war with God. The church system has become a reflection of Athens, not Christ.
In contrast, there is a term called 'discipleship' with a purpose to encourage everyone to respond to God and equip families to do what He has called them to do. Biblical foundations, standards and principles should take precedence over secular psychology, pragmatism and man-made traditions. The supposed popular innovations that are promoted to embrace culture with secular principles and man-driven forms of worship are dangerous and apostate.
Uzza in the Bible had good intentions when he tried to save the Ark of the Covenant from falling to the ground, but he did it in a way that God did not accept and he was killed (1 Corinthians 13:9-10).
It is quite clear that the modern church system promotes spiritual death. They have reached out and grabbed the things of the world against what God has explicitly made clear in His word. They do not follow the inspired pattern of Christ and the apostles by neglecting their authoritative examples and testimony.
The New Testament ekklesia were age integrated with the older men and women who discipled the younger generations. From the Old Testament to the New Testament, there was the unsegregated unity of the believers comprised of men, women and children.
But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. - Luke 18:16
When entire households and families can come together in unity and worship God through Christ, it is a beautiful thing. As parents of youth, we are to communicate the truth of God’s word to our children while they are living in our households.
What does family discipleship look like?
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise),“that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. – Ephesians 6:1-4
The Duty of Fathers and Mothers
Fathers and mothers, it is your duty to love your children enough to teach them God’s Word. We disciple the children we love, to the God we love.
When we truly understand the blood that Christ shed for all of mankind, how can we not make His love the focal point in our children’s lives?
All the money and man hours of youth ministry is 'Plan B.' It is a secular plan that has its origins in humanistic ideologies. What looks like success is a deceptive illusion. The statistics cannot be denied. When God is denied, His life changing power is denied.
The problem has become two-fold. Fathers and mothers have not stepped up to the plate to take responsibility for their God given role. As the parents have become negligent in their responsibility and duty to disciple their children, the church system has taken over and created a segregated atmosphere where the parents are not equipped to thrive in their proper role. What corrupts the family is allowing things that are completely foreign to Scripture to take precedence. Youth ministry has turned the father and mother's attention away from their biblical duties and given them over to church officials as an easy-out. When church authority usurps the parent’s duty, it makes you wonder who is the head of the family.
Over eighty percent of youth, including those who are on the fence will turn their backs on God as they transition into adulthood because they bought into the lies and corruption of the harlot church system. All the system did was pave the way for the youth to veer right on to the wide road that leads to destruction.
The Parent's Responsibility
If you are a father or mother, you want your children to follow your example as you follow in the the way of Christ and the principles of the Kingdom of God. It is good for your children to come and ask the hard questions, not to go to some hip, immature youth leader who is hired to entertain them with hype and emotionalism.
Man-made tradition will say that youth ministry is essential, but really it is a compromise to secular ideologies. It is doing more harm than good to families because it usurps the authority that God has given to the family, especially the fathers.
When the true Biblical standard is applied, it will exhort and admonish fathers and mothers to turn their hearts toward their children. When this happens, the youth pastor will become irrelevant and deemed a hindrance to family unity. God has appointed fathers and mothers, not the youth pastor to lead our children. It says nowhere in Scripture that hired hands are qualified to have spiritual jurisdiction over our children.
The church is doing exactly what the secular philosophers have promoted by replacing family responsibility with social programs that infringes on the role of the parent.
Nurturing and correction are the parent’s responsibility in a child’s life. The parents are the ones who have the tools to shape the younger generation. Training kids in the way they should go are the result of responsible parents, not the institution. When the parents outsource their responsibility, the family unit will starts to crumble spiritually.
Many fathers have neglected their spiritual role in their children's lives and it has manifested into generations of youth who do not have any positive father figures.
When this happens, the institutional church tries to fill the void with their youth ministries.
Are we are willing to obey God with our children and do away with the youth ministry and go from segregation to inclusion?
The true Gospel is about bringing all people together no matter what culture, age, gender or race. In the genuine body of Christ there is a vast array of gifted people who can fill the void of those who may be fatherless or motherless. The genuine ekklesia has many grandfathers, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles in the faith who can spiritually care for the youth in a non-segregated environment.
A group of peers within the concept of youth ministry does not create a stable family environment. What creates stability is equipping fathers and mothers to do their job. Youth ministry steers a child’s heart toward their peers, youth pastor, boyfriends or girlfriends in an unbiblical segregated environment. God did not ordain youth ministry, but harmony among family.
There is absolutely no evidence of youth ministry and its patterns in Scripture. Youth leaders and their kin will not like this finding, but there is no biblical foundation for their existence.
Also, the results and statistics of bad fruit cannot be refuted because they have entered into a jurisdiction that God has not permitted them.
The word of God is sufficient. We do not want to stand before God thinking that we 'helped' Him out by embracing fallen humanistic ideologies to reach our youth. The duty of those in the body of Christ and the responsibility of the family is clearly laid out. It is time throw out the trash of the man-made traditions and follow the leading of Christ. It is time to abandon the conventions of man and come out of the harlot church system and become part of obeying God’s plan for family, youth and the ekklesia that Christ is building.
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