This ministry is devoted to teaching, especially men. Men are busy and this is why I have pulled together the resources for sound Bible study. The internet and Christian bookstores are loaded with religious information and it can be overwhelming. Much of the studies today are all helpful, but helpful in a busy world does not get us to knowledge. I have spent thousands of hours reading and reviewing Biblical study material and nothing comes close to Dr. Fructenbaum’s studies at Ariel Ministries. They provide a complete understanding of the Bible and God’s plan in a way no other set of works has. Men we are losing our children because of weak teaching and this is not going to change…it is up to us. Below is another quote from Drew Dyck's book, Generation Ex-Christian: Why Young Adults Are Leaving the Faith and How to Bring Them Back.
In my interviews, I was struck by the diversity of the stories—one can hardly lump them together and chalk up all departures to "youthful rebellion." Yet there were commonalities. Many de-conversions were precipitated by what happened inside rather than outside the church. Even those who adopted materialist worldviews or voguish spiritualities traced their departures back to what happened in church.
What pushed them out? Again, the reasons for departing in each case were unique, but I realized that most leavers had been exposed to a superficial form of Christianity that effectively inoculated them against authentic faith. When sociologist Christian Smith and his fellow researchers examined the spiritual lives of American teenagers, they found most teens practicing a religion best called "Moralistic Therapeutic Deism," which casts God as a distant Creator who blesses people who are "good, nice, and fair." Its central goal is to help believers "be happy and feel good about oneself."
Where did teenagers learn this faith? Unfortunately, it's one taught, implicitly and sometimes explicitly, at every age level in many churches. It's in the air that many churchgoers breathe, from seeker-friendly worship services to low-commitment small groups. When this naive and coldly utilitarian view of God crashes on the hard rocks of reality, we shouldn't be surprised to see people of any age walk away.
Published on Sunday, June 15, 2014 @ 4:21 AM CDT