Already Gone (AG) is the most serious work on Christianity to come out in the past five years. Why? It is a warning to the church and us - fathers, husbands and men in who call ourselves Christians, that we have failed the next generation. Worse than the warning, it is evidence that modern church leaders in the Evangelical movement will be held more than accountable on Judgment Day!
Written by Answers in Genesis founder and well-known Apologist Ken Ham (with the research by C. Britt Beemer, AG gives us the bad news, for those even in our own conservative churches. The in-depth and wide ranging exhaustive research shows that not only are the kids sitting across from us going to leave the church when they get out of high school, they have already checked out mentally.
The numbers are worse in the liberal mainline churches. The analysis of the numbers show that Sunday School is to blame! Yes, Sunday school! I already feel bad for all the nice men and women who teach our kids there across America, but "facts is facts"!
Read and weep: 24.6%of kids in our Sunday Schools believe God used evolution to create humans! ONLY 40.8% believe Pre-marital sex is NOT right!
It gets worse: 39.1% of our Sunday school kids think they have become MORE anti-church over the years and 46.4% thing the church is NOT relevant to their needs!
These are just some of the horrible facts, evidence and trends in this most critical work in years. It is no wonder young evangelicals think being pro-abortion and pro-gay marriage is okay and live, vote, eat, read and think like this. The problem is not just the vile teachings of the darwinists and morally relativists in the public schools but people who run the seminaries where prayer is lost, discipleship is trivialized and modern apostates in the Gospel-free zone of the Emerging Church are looked to, instead of the orthodox masters of Expository preaching. One particular conservative christian college (well known) does not even believe in the 6000 year story of Genesis.
Here is where we lost the young - the book of Genesis where we see the Fall of man. Sin has so corrupted the church (which is a group of people who live in the secular world) that now the god of this world - satan - has deceived millions to turn from the Faith of their Grandfathers. I said Grandfathers, because we are still struggling with the sons of the so-called greatest generation, to encourage them/us to grow or become TRUE men of Christ.
Can this madness be turned around? Can we bring the next generation to an understanding of why they need Christ? Maybe. We start small - by calling every church leadership to account. Sunday school in most conservative churches have the lowest attendance for this same reason, even among adults. Only the faithful like us, who are proactive 24/7/365 go to make sure our own kids develop the practice.
I suggest, if you are any kind of leader in ministry, in FCA, in a church or just care about the lost, forget about overseas missions. God has His people for that. The biggest mission field can be found inside ALL American churches.
The sign over the exit door used to read "YOU ARE NOW ENTERING THE MISSION FIELD". THAT SIGN HAS NOW BEEN MOVED TO THE DOOR THAT LEADS INTO THE SANCTUARY! THIS IS SAD, IT MUST BE ADDRESSED!
Purchase "Already Gone", you will thank God you did!