“A lot of young people have a hard time discerning between the messenger and the message,” Hutchcraft observes. “So, when someone [they] respect [and] follow – when they fall it can really do a lot of spiritual damage.”
Harris, Sampson reject Christianity
First, Joshua Harris, creator of “I Kissed Courting Goodbye”, and Hillsong singer/tune author Marty Sampson denied their religion on Instagram inside weeks of one another. Then, Skillet lead singer John Cooper posted this response on Fb, and Franklin Graham – president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Affiliation and Samaritan’s Purse – voiced his issues on Fox Information.
Harris and Sampson’s statements might have doubled the doubt in younger believers’ hearts. “I’ve worked with young people my entire life – believers [and] unbelievers. It’s [a] spiritually skeptical generation and the enemy knows that,” Hutchcraft says.
As beforehand famous by Barna Analysis and coated in MNN articles right here, right here, and right here, members of the subsequent era more and more query Christianity and the Bible. Practically half of Christian Millennials frown upon faith-sharing. Technology Z has the least believers of any era in U.S. historical past.
“A lot of times, young people are the most vulnerable to the collapse of a hero,” Hutchcraft continues, including that disappointment triggered by fallen leaders can generally shake a believer’s religion.
“If you want to disillusion the older generation, bring down someone like a pastor or big radio personality. But, if you want to disillusion the younger generation, have it be one of these ‘heroes’ – especially ones that they follow on social media, on Instagram.”
Whereas religion denials could also be difficult for youth ministry, they’ll additionally present Gospel alternatives.
How to answer religion denials
“If we are going to… help these young people that are really disillusioned, we’ve got to constantly direct worship, loyalty, and trust away from messengers and to the Man who is the message, to the Man hung on the cross,” Doug Hutchcraft provides.
“Stick to Jesus. Anyone who loved me enough to die for me will never do me wrong.”
Go to Ron Hutchcraft Ministries right here for sources that will help you attain others for Christ and disciple younger believers of their religion.
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