Friday, May 18, 2012
Young People and Discernment
Without biblical discernment, this upcoming generation is "adrift at sea"--heading for a rocky coast and pending shipwreck. As I have had the opportunity to speak with young people throughout the U.S. and around the world, many of whom seem to be biblically knowledgeable, I've found that they are largely ignorant of false teachings, movements, and practices, along with the false teachers who are seducing multitudes of Christians today. ...
When the full counsel of God's Word is not taken to heart and put into practice, there is little basis for spiritual growth. Often the result is an experiential faith, based upon subjective feelings rather than the objective Word of Truth. Such a condition produces a shallow if not false faith and completely eliminates biblical discernment.
T.A. McMahon, “A Generation Adrift,” The Berean Call, May 2012.
When we went to the St. Louis Conference on Biblical Discernment in April, we took two high school seniors with us. They were astonished at all the false teachings they learned about, having never previously heard of such things. This is why our youth can be so easily capture by false teachings - because they are not warned about it in their church assembly! Which is why the heretical IHOP organization can recruit youth by the scores.
Just remember that cults aren’t the only danger, and in fact are not near the danger to those in the Church as are the false teachings by those within the Church. Aside from IHOP, how many know about Word of Faith and its teachers? How many know about the Emergent heresy? What about the many subtle false teachers, such as Beth Moore and others I’ve noted on this blog? What about psychology in the Church, yoga in the Church or Tae Kwon Do in the Church - all of which are compromising the faith? We need to teach the errors of “seeker-sensitive” and “market-driven” movements, theistic evolutionism, aberrant “spiritual warfare,” Dominion theology, the social gospel, and on and on and on - all coming from INSIDE the Church!
Parents and youth ministries need to expose our young people to what errors are out there, and demonstrate the errors biblically so as to provide them with a defense against the wiles of Satan.