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Already Gone: Why your kids will quit church and what you can do to stop it Paperback – May 28, 2009
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Ken Ham is founder and president of the Answers in Genesis US ministry, and one of the most in-demand speakers in the world today. He is a featured speaker at hundreds of events throughout the years - including seminars in local churches, conferences for pastors, and Christian education venues. Noting the foundational importance of biblical and scriptural authority, Ken shares powerful and relevant insight on the book of Genesis. C. Britt Beemer is chairman and founder of America's Research Group (ARG), a consumer behavior research and strategic marketing firm. He speaks at major trade and industry groups, as well as lecturing in seminars and workshops.
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Ken informs us of what is keeping the gospel from being effective in our nation. It is because we stopped teaching our children that the bible is Gods truth written in history for all humanity to believe and not just a story book filled with fables, folklore and fairytales. If the church doesn't wake up soon it will become like the rest of the churches in Europe and England...empty. The statistics Ken employs in this book is even revealing to Ken as it is to the reader. The Bible must be defended as a book to be believed by the church for it is our sword of the Spirit. Evolution has helped with the demise of our belief in the inerrant word of God because it is a belief that is at war with the bible. We can and must defend our belief to this lost and dying world that the bible tells us where we came from, where we are going and what we must do along the way. But how will the world believe us if we do not even believe it ourselves.
No wonder they are already gone.
And who teaches these stories in SS? Likely some of the same kids who returned to church when they got married, had kids, got wrangled into teaching SS, and now they repeat more of the same: stories with no reality basis. Ken doesn't blame SS teachers. He realizes they simply don't know that presenting real live evidence of a flood, of creation, of design, of other cultures' histories that coincide with what the Bible says would help. Most are not trained, but handed curriculum to fill the attention span of their charges.
Ken certainly doesn't cover all the problems often found in the Western church such as the lack of intergenerational teaching, if "Youth Group" is the most effective, or why parents need to step in aggressively on their child's spiritual education. Instead, by using surveys and good data, it becomes evident that not giving Creationism some reality that is based in observable science while in church will result in the parting of the proverbial Red Sea for the exodus of 2 out of 3 kids from the church this year and the next and the next.
Both of my kids have left the church. And one of my daughters, after attending a Bible class at Seattle Pacific University where she graduated, became convinced that the Bible was mostly poetry and myths. Yes, a "Christian" college with a "bible" prof who not only planted seeds of doubt, but watered and let it flourish. This was not a teaching technique to draw them in to re-examine their faith and become stronger. It was a platform for only a lecture on why the Bible cannot be trusted unless seen as a story, nothing more. Thus, in one semester the prof undermined her young earth creationist dad and in turn, her own faith. This last paragraph only serves as evidence of why you should read and apply this book. I pray that my daughter, Selah, will return one day.
So what are the findings? The church and the teachers are not doing their job. We are losing them in Sunday school, and the thing is, their survey concentrated on conservative christian churches. Though, they point out that the father is the most important teacher, and we tend to rely too much on school/church teachers. It stems from the belief in biblical error, especially what is found in the book of Genesis. The kids see the hypocrisy and the compromising teaching of the bible, so they see the church as irrelevant. There are positive findings though: these young adults are open to coming back, which gives an opportunity for the "church" to become relevant again. The bottom line is it's up to the parents, especially the father to teach the uncompromised truth.
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