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SATURDAY, APR 6, 2013  |  19 comments  |  3 commentaries
Six Reasons Young Christians Leave Church
Many parents and church leaders wonder how to most effectively cultivate durable faith in the lives of young people. A five-year project headed by Barna Group president David Kinnaman explores the opportunities and challenges of faith development among teens and young adults within a rapidly shifting culture. The findings of the research are included in a new book by Kinnaman titled You Lost Me: Why Young Christians are Leaving Church and Rethinking Church.

The research project was comprised of eight national studies, including interviews with teenagers, young adults, parents, youth pastors, and senior pastors. The study of young adults focused on those who were regular churchgoers Christian church during their teen years and explored their reasons for disconnection from church life after age 15.

No single reason dominated the break-up between church and young adults. Instead, a variety of ...


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San Jose John | San Jose, CA  Find all comments by San Jose John
Sometimes it's bad press.

Some of our most recent and most satisfied members were initially warned to not visit our church (perhaps because we were too "conservative", "legalistic", "old-fashioned", etc.). Thankfully, just out of curiosity to see for themselves what was so "wrong" with our church, they visited us anyway, and ended up learning that we were actually one of the more Biblical and faithful churches in the area.

Many of our young people may be either not finding good churches or are being deliberately steered away from them by bad leaders in their lives.

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News Item4/8/13 9:21 AM
Unprofitable Servant | Georgia  Find all comments by Unprofitable Servant
As I read the article, I immediately thought of the influence of the public school on the thinking of the young people's viewpoint. The moral relativism, that there are no absolutes, evolution, etc. has helped contribute to the answers we see in the survey. Only one thing to change their minds, they must be born again and grow in the grace an knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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News Item4/6/13 5:39 PM
FG | USA  Find all comments by FG
Mike wrote:
Sorry for butting in...oh well, not really. Wouldn't it be more edifying if Steve and Observer could back off the name calling? No matter how solid you think you may be, it isn't about you. And if you actually care about the truth, it isn't personal, so give the personal attacks a rest.
Ahhhh! Thank You!
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News Item4/6/13 5:25 PM
Observer  Find all comments by Observer
SteveR wrote:
I believe in ..
Blah blah, piffle, waffle, jibber, jabber, cuckoo..
Ya just don't get it do you? Ya can't even see how contradictory your statement is, which can only mean one thing. That ya pay lip service to something you don't understand and certainly don't believe. Which is why YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN!

I will say it again the Roman Catholic Church is a false church, an Anti-Christ, called in the Scriptures the Whore who has the blood of countless millions of Gods true saints on her hands. She has NO GOSPEL, and her false teachings ensnare and send billions to their graves unsaved sinners!

If God has his elect in that body, they will be saved by the efforts of Protestants who know the power of the Gospel and who out of love will share that Gospel with unsaved Romanists. The saved, having tasted the Gospel's savor of life unto life cannot go back to a body whose 'gospel' is a savor of death unto death. With new spiritual life comes an instinct and also the voice of the Holy Spirit which guards the new born against all that would oppose Christ.

Ya're a help meet to the evil one if ya encourage people to stay in so called 'churches' where God is not!

This is my last to ya, so good bye StevO.

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News Item4/6/13 5:21 PM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
Sorry for butting in...oh well, not really. Wouldn't it be more edifying if Steve and Observer could back off the name calling? No matter how solid you think you may be, it isn't about you. And if you actually care about the truth, it isn't personal, so give the personal attacks a rest.
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News Item4/6/13 5:15 PM
Hunter  Find all comments by Hunter
SteveR wrote:
I will caution you about slandering Gods Elect, as he is very jealous over his Precious Saints.
Good advice, but you slander all those who

SteveR wrote:
believe in justification by Grace alone through Faith alone by the merits of Christ alone, for the Glory of God alone
by saying that they are all liars and rightly anathematised by the RCC. Including now, you say, yourself!

You are one very confused man, yet you see yourself as a teacher of others.

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News Item4/6/13 5:05 PM
SteveR  Find all comments by SteveR
Observer wrote:
Ha!
You don't even believe in justification by Grace alone through faith alone in the merits of Christ alone, which is at the heart of the Gospel. Deny this and ya aint got No Gospel!!
I believe in justification by Grace alone through Faith alone by the merits of Christ alone, for the Glory of God alone

(I guess thats another lie in the OB 1 category)

I contend that Saints(like in the RCC) dont have to understand those(dont forget Sola Scriptura) perfectly to be the Elect. God loves them, they are given faith and they are Justified whether they know the process or not. They are given Faith to trust in Christ knowing he is the Son of God, fully God and able to perform this as God. Its not whether you know God, its whether God knows and Loves you...so..

Once again I will caution you about slandering Gods Elect, as he is very jealous over his Precious Saints.

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News Item4/6/13 4:14 PM
Observer  Find all comments by Observer
SteveR wrote:
Sadly, its the road you are on.
Blah blah blah...
Ha!

You don't even believe in justification by Grace alone through faith alone in the merits of Christ alone, which is at the heart of the Gospel. Deny this and ya aint got No Gospel!! And any 'church' which denies it, as the RCC does is an ENEMY of that Gospel

How can you then say you're Born Again? And how come there is no evidence of the fruit of conversion, eh StevO? Which is why for your benefit it is written liars are headed for the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone ; which is the second death.

Don't get your assurance from your false church StevO, but get it from the Bible. Oh, but wait, you can't accept it's teachings because you're not a child of God, which is why YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN!

You don't have the Holy Spirit's help in understanding it. Ya think you're clever enough to figure it out even though ya have no spiritual life. Y'all continue in your darkness and perish. Repent now before it's too late!

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News Item4/6/13 4:05 PM
Hunter  Find all comments by Hunter
SteveR wrote:
... what I learned here,
Bye, bye.
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News Item4/6/13 3:46 PM
SteveR  Find all comments by SteveR
Observer wrote:
Revelation 21.8 re: LIARS and the second death.
Which is why YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN !
Sadly, its the road you are on.

The spiritually dead cant save themselves, I cant save you, ONLY God can give you that Spirit.
Ive learned quite a bit about this trap that has ensnares people in your Church. Like Catholic idolatry or Presbyterian greed, it ensnares you and refuses to let you go: hate upon hate for the Elect, lie upon lie feigned Love, pride upon pride for error. However, I will keep preaching the Gospel. I will use what I learned here, and perhaps my preaching will be used to save some Baptists from following in your error

You have my symapthy

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News Item4/6/13 3:40 PM
Hunter  Find all comments by Hunter
SteveR wrote:
On that last day, when the Books are Opened we will all see the Righteousness of the Precious Elect.
Yes.

SteveR wrote:
I will rejoice with my brethren from all Churches from all Centuries.
I will. I hope you will, but you need to be justified by faith.

SteveR wrote:
By sheer numbers,
No. No one gets to heaven by sheer numbers, only by the free, unmerited, grace of God.
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News Item4/6/13 3:32 PM
Observer  Find all comments by Observer
SteveR wrote:
That might be your path, not mine
On that last day, when the Books are Opened we will all see the Righteousness of the Precious Elect. I will rejoice with my brethren from all Churches from all Centuries. By sheer numbers, there will be MANY Roman Catholics and even Popes(at least some {wink}). There will be Presbyterians, Orthodox, Methodists, Chaldean, Copts, Baptists(those that avoided your trap) with Saints from other Churches all over the World. Some infant baptized, some believer, some never baptized with water. All of us TOGETHER will be the Holy Bride of Christ. ONLY TOGETHER are we all perfected
Yes, I await that day with Joy. What a Blessed Day it will be, forever wed & together with OUR LORD JESUS.
Revelation 21.8 re: LIARS and the second death.

Which is why YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN !

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News Item4/6/13 3:25 PM
SteveR  Find all comments by SteveR
Observer wrote:
You're hell bound StevO. Repent before its too late. God have mercy on your bitter soul which is full of hatred
That might be your path, not mine

On that last day, when the Books are Opened we will all see the Righteousness of the Precious Elect. I will rejoice with my brethren from all Churches from all Centuries. By sheer numbers, there will be MANY Roman Catholics and even Popes(at least some {wink}). There will be Presbyterians, Orthodox, Methodists, Chaldean, Copts, Baptists(those that avoided your trap) with Saints from other Churches all over the World. Some infant baptized, some believer, some never baptized with water. All of us TOGETHER will be the Holy Bride of Christ. ONLY TOGETHER are we all perfected

Yes, I await that day with Joy. What a Blessed Day it will be, forever wed & together with OUR LORD JESUS.

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News Item4/6/13 3:11 PM
Observer  Find all comments by Observer
SteveR wrote:
Please note your cursed children
2 Peter 2:12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;
2 Peter 2:13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;
2 Peter 2:14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:
You're hell bound StevO. Repent before its too late. God have mercy on your bitter soul which is full of hatred
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News Item4/6/13 3:07 PM
SteveR  Find all comments by SteveR
Observer wrote:
Is ya lying and nastiness NOT sin?
Oh, wait, your speaking for Gods elect whom you can't see but you hate those who are truly converted. Which is why, YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN, ya hypocrite!!
Please note your cursed children

2 Peter 2:12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;

2 Peter 2:13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;

2 Peter 2:14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:

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News Item4/6/13 3:05 PM
Observer  Find all comments by Observer
SteveR wrote:
That promise was fulfilled at Pentecost, that what Peter meant in Acts 2(He was quoting Joel)
We need REPENTANCE. We as adults need to turn and repent from all the wickedness & vanity we spread through the Church. Look at this board! If these people are indicative of contemporary Church membership, its not a surprise this wrath has arose in these times
Is ya lying and nastiness NOT sin?

Oh, wait, your speaking for Gods elect whom you can't see but you hate those who are truly converted. Which is why, YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN, ya hypocrite!!

Come the last day, at least ya won't be able to say ya wasn't warned!

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News Item4/6/13 2:42 PM
SteveR  Find all comments by SteveR
Lisa wrote:
Agree with jamesc - the true church is not composed of bricks and mortar but of sinners saved by the grace of god. We need an outpouring of the holy spirit as promised in acts 2:18 and Isaiah 44:3
That promise was fulfilled at Pentecost, that what Peter meant in Acts 2(He was quoting Joel)

We need REPENTANCE. We as adults need to turn and repent from all the wickedness & vanity we spread through the Church. Look at this board! If these people are indicative of contemporary Church membership, its not a surprise this wrath has arose in these times

2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

2 Timothy 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

2 Timothy 3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

2 Timothy 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

2 Timothy 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

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News Item4/6/13 2:34 PM
Lisa | Wales  Contact via emailFind all comments by Lisa
Agree with jamesc - the true church is not composed of bricks and mortar but of sinners saved by the grace of god. We need an outpouring of the holy spirit as promised in acts 2:18 and Isaiah 44:3
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News Item4/6/13 2:01 PM
Jamesc | Fallbrook, CA  Find all comments by Jamesc
They leave and don't find another because they are dead. These kind of reports stir up semi-Pelagians and Arminians. The sheep hear His voice.
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