This really strikes a chord–I knew people in the ’70’s who were really messed up by this kind of thinking. With the radical subjectivism and anti-Biblical stance of some within the modern Charismatic movement, this is a real danger. Read the article here.
RE: “Youth Survey: Teens Lose Faith in Droves” in MacLeans
I think it’s time to rethink youth ministry (if you are already doing so, this note may be irrelevant to you). After reading what Bibby has to say, I think that things here in Canada may not be improved much in the near future. I’ve also been reading Philip Jenkins on Histories of Lost Christianities, which is also very unsettling.
Someone once said that most who convert to Christianity do so around the age of 15 (I don’t know if that is only in modern times, or if that is over the whole history of the church, nor how we would know that). If that is the case, why is Youth Ministry so often handed to young men and women who are only a few years older? Is it not time for older Christians to drop the “retirement attitude” (“I did youth when my kids were young”) and get on with converting the next lost generation?