If questioned, many would say that Hillsong is the greatest success story of ministering to, and attracting our youth, yet from interviewing teens themselves, the opposite seems to be the case. Churches like HILLSONG are causing young people to ultimately turn away from TRUE faith in Christ!
Larry Taunton of the Fixed Point Foundation set out to find out why so many young Christians lose their faith in college. He did this by employing a method I don’t recall being used before: He asked them.
Phil had grown up in church; he had even been the president of his youth group. What drove Phil away wasn’t the lure of secular materialism or even Christian moral teaching. And he was specifically upset when his church changed youth pastors.
Whereas his old youth pastor “knew the Bible” and made Phil “feel smart” about his faith even when he didn’t have all the answers, the new youth pastor taught less and played more.
Phil’s loss of faith coincided with his church’s attempt to ingratiate itself to him instead of challenging him. According to Taunton, Phil’s story “was on the whole typical of the stories we would hear from students across the country.”
These kids had attended church but “the mission and message of their churches was vague,” and manifested itself in offering “superficial answers to life’s difficult questions.” The ministers they respected were those “who took the Bible seriously,” not those who sought to entertain them or be their “buddy.”
Taunton also learned that, for many kids, their journey to unbelief was an emotional, not just an intellectual one.
Taunton’s findings are counter-intuitive. Much of what passes for youth ministry these days is driven by a morbid fear of boring our young charges. As a result, a lot of time is spent trying to devise ways to ENTERTAIN them.
A group called Capital Kings encaptulate the modern ‘theology’
I’m the street lights that guide you home
I’ll be the G.P.S when you’ve lost your phone
I’ll be the song that’s rockin’ in your headphones
I’ll show you the signs
To let you know
You’ll never be alone
So where there is no defined biblical understanding, where teenagers are left to themselves, with little to no biblical instruction, instead of being in their bibles, they have headphones on listening to the lastest ‘praise and worship’ music. Without clear guidance, these young adults will drift, and fall away, because they had no proper foundation or anchor in the truth. Hillsong and many other churches have rejected the old paths; the sad fact is we are witnessing Christianity being “gloriously ruined.”