WHY TEENAGERS ARE SO WORLDLY?
One of the most disheartening trends in the church today is the lack of enthusiasm displayed by teenagers concerning the things of God, in contrast with their fanatical fascination with the things of the world. Even children of very good Christian people seem to be caught up in the trend. In some churches, worldly gospel music is adopted to appeal to the youths. This is testimony to the fact that we have lost faith in the power of prayer and the Word of God to solve our problems. But the fundamental problem remains. These youths may come to church solely for the music and fellowship, but deep down have no desire for God or His Word.
We may be tempted to conclude that since this tendency is so widespread that it must be normal. I refuse to believe that it is normal for children to be a little rebellious at a certain age. Rebellion is never normal and always demonic (1 Sam. 15:23). It is never normal for people to reject God, it is always the devil who has blinded them (2 Cor. 4:4). We have been so duped by secular philosophy that we have accepted the demonic as the norm.
The devil is targeting youths. Being the subtle creature that he is, he knows that if he could impress the minds of people when they are young, he could seriously affect the course of their entire life. Most of our learning is done in the early years. That serves as a foundation on which the rest of our lives are built. Solomon encourages us to remember God in our youths because it is harder to do so when the evil days come (Eccl. 12:1). The devil’s goal is to corrupt the youths. What we are witnessing in the church today is a growing acceptance of the spirit of the world in its various forms. The love of God and the love of the world are mutually exclusive (James 4:4; 1 John 2:15). The devil’s mission is to get people so attached to the spirit of the world that they become sidetracked from the things of God. I would say he is succeeding....
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