Born after 1980, Millennials constitute the first generation to come of age in the new millennium. According to Pew, this cohort of teens and twenty-somethings is "confident, self-expressive, liberal, upbeat and open to change." But what of religion? What can this Millennial generation tell us about where American religion is going?
The core finding of Pew's "Religion Among the Millennials" report is that young Americans are "less religiously affiliated" than their elders. In fact, one in four of Americans ages 18 to 29 do not affiliate with any particular religious group. This is not entirely unexpected, since it is a sociological truism that young people cultivate some distance from the religious institutions of their parents, only to return to those institutions as they marry, raise children and slouch toward retirement. According to Pew, however, "Millennials are significantly more unaffiliated...
There isn't much to disagree with what any of you gentleman have said. There is only one way to preach God's Word --Treasure and Preach the Truth.
2 Timothy 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; 4 and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths.---NASB
1 Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men. 2 They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.
8 The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.
Back in the late 80s and 90s some seeker-sensitive churches developed separate stylized worship services in order to accommodate different demographics, including so-called Gen-X. This bothered me at the time because it looked bad for overall Christian unity--especially between generationas. It now looks like so-called modern "emergent" groups may have developed from such misguided spiritual policy and are now fulfilling Satan's basic plan to divide and conquer the Church.
Do we really need to look to the yougest, most inexperienced, segment of society, that has just arrived on the scene, to tell us where we need to go. This idea of "The wisdom of the children" that was espoused by John Denver and other New Agers, is another variation of Platos Pre Existence of the soul, with all it's "wisdom" fom the eternal state still fresh upon arriival into this world. It's also Pelagian in it's unwillingness to realize the natural darkness of the mind. The Emergent groups, the Modern youth groups, the Circus Driven churches, and now no doubt, the Millenial outreach, all have forgotten the Proverb regarding The Companion of fools.