Friday, December 19, 2008

Young man's suicide linked to 'The God Delusion' has a story detailing Jesse Kilgore's suicide which a few of his friends and family have linked to "The God Delusion" by super-atheist Richard Dawkins.

This is a very sad story about a young man who went to college and had his beliefs dashed to pieces. However, it shows a very real trend in American Christian youth.

Estimates are that 70 to 90 percent of youth fall away in college after coming out of a high school youth group. There are many reasons for this.

1. Lack of true conversions

The Gospel today has been so watered down into a seeker-sensitive mush that it has no power, and should not even be called the "Good News". There is a lack of the preaching of God's holiness, justice, and judgment which leads sinners to come to Jesus because they want temporal goods rather than because they realize they are wicked sinners in need of a savior.

In order to understand the good news, one must first understand the bad news. God's mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ hanging on the cross is foolishness unless our sinful state is understood (which started way back with Adam and Eve).

2. Demolition of the foundations

The bad news starts in Genesis 3 where Eve is deceived and Adam disobeys. The world was perfect until that point, but now was cast in to sin because of man's actions. However, the world has always fought against this truth.

The latest assault has been evolutionary humanism which says either God did not create the universe, or if He did, He used millions of years of death and disease to produce man. In essence we are not created in the image of God, but we are just "lucky mud."

And lucky for God-haters, the church has decided to go along with this destruction! As Psalm 11:3 says, "If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?"

3. Lack of the knowledge of God's Word

Our youth groups have become a replacement for family discipleship. Instead of learning how God tells us to live life from the father and mother, the children are attending youth groups with programs designed to entertain them and feed them dumbed-down sermon-ettes. When they leave home and go into the den of atheistic, anti-God professors and surround themselves with classmates neck-deep in sin, what little foundation they had is swept away very quickly.

So what should the righteous do?

We must stand firm on the Word of God, the whole Word of God, and nothing but the Word of God. Compromising may satiate our selfish desire to be liked by the world, but will condemn future generations to Hell (and has already done so to this generation). We need true converts (born again by repentance and trust in Jesus) with a biblical worldview (glasses to see everything through the Word not the world). And we must personally be seeking after Jesus and His Truth with all of our hearts. I pray the Spirit will give me the strength to do all these things.

1 John 2:15-17 (NASB)

Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.

The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.

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