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FRONT PAGE  |  5/29/2016
WEDNESDAY, SEP 5, 2012  |  8 comments  |  1 commentary
The curious allure of child preachers

An 11-year-old boy in the US has been ordained as a minister in his family's church, and also preaches at a number of local churches. He is the latest in a long history of American child preachers - so what is the appeal?

The US is by no means the only country with child preachers - there is a thriving market for them in Brazil, for example, and Indonesia even has a controversial TV show where young Islamic preachers compete.

The phenomenon is most likely to crop up among denominations which emphasise the power of the Holy Spirit and encourage lay participation, says Edith Blumhofer, an expert on the history of Christianity, based at Wheaten College in Illinois.

It is also likely to arise, she says, among sections of the population otherwise regarded as at the margins of society. ...


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San Jose John | San Jose, CA  Find all comments by San Jose John
I still remember Duffy Stroud, back in the 1980s, and what an embarrassment he was on Donahue and other talk shows of that time.

I didn't realize people were still doing this (empowering so-called "child-preachers"). Let the "babes and sucklings" praise God all they want, but please give me a qualified ADULT preacher with at least some degree of life-experience.

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News Item9/6/12 8:59 AM
KJV English speaking-Onlyist  Find all comments by KJV English speaking-Onlyist
To me a kid just passing out tracts out on the street saying nothing but things like "hello sir/ma'am","Would you like have something to read", ect. is more Bilabial.
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News Item9/6/12 7:47 AM
Christopher000 | RI  Find all comments by Christopher000
A child is a child, maturing, learning, growing, and should never replace a Christ centered adult in the pulpit. In fact, it makes me very uncomfortable whenever I see this because children don't have the life experience, wisdom, understanding, depth, inner knowledge, or maturity level to effectively reach the lost or instruct the Saints on Christ centered living, etc.
To me, When I see a child preaching, I see it more as a show with a child preaching his book report, not the living word of God which he's too young to really have in his heart or have the deep understanding of in order to bring God's word to life and to the listening ears of those who need instruction, enrichment, or direction.
I don't know...I just don't feel that it's appropriate. Cute, but not appropriate in the church.
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News Item9/5/12 8:31 PM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
This article suggests to me how far modern churches have fallen intellectually. Evidently, so little is required of adult preachers today (Charismatic or not), that even children could do their job.

Remember that particularly today, with sophisticated Bible software & Internet access unknown to Spurgeon et al., any preacher worth feeding ought to have a boatload of good sermon material every week. But instead, we often get milk & a minstrel show.

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News Item9/5/12 2:15 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Prodigy, Spurgeon was wrong at times such as on Dispensations.

1 Corinthians 13
11 When I was a child, I used to speak as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.
12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I shall know fully just as I also have been fully known.---NASB

Were children allowed to be elders? Most of you should already know that answer, but the answer is No Can children talk to other children about Christ certainly. Around adults, well besides friends, relatives, and parents, and sometimes not even around them children should been seen but not heard.

Something else Spurgeon was wrong about, apparently he somewhat forgot the advice he gave about Street Preaching -- C. H. Spurgeon.

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News Item9/5/12 1:21 PM
htk3  Contact via emailFind all comments by htk3
Thanks for the post.
www.htk3.com
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News Item9/5/12 12:26 PM
Frank | Clearwater, FL  Contact via emailFind all comments by Frank
Pragmatism is a philosophical approach that interprets truth based upon practical effects. According to pragmatism, truth is what is practical and useful. Thus, something is deemed “true” if it is practical and it works and “untrue” if it does not work.

So, if a woman is "deemed" successful as a preacher, she should be allowed to preach? If a woman can earn more than her husband, then he should stay home and let her be the bread winner? And of course this list could go on and on.

We should judge success or failure by doing it the Lord's way and not by the outward appearance of success or failure.

Romans 3:7. But if through my lie the truth of God abounded to His glory, why am I also still being judged as a sinner? 8. And why not say (as we are slanderously reported and as some claim that we say), "Let us do evil that good may come"? Their condemnation is just.

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News Item9/5/12 7:15 AM
prodigy  Find all comments by prodigy
Add Spurgeon to this august list of child preachers. If a youngster can preach, why shouldn't they?
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