I rarely blog about anything not photo related here but this has gotta be said. I went with a group to a Christian youth conference recently. While the kids loved the funny bits and there was some Biblical truth to be had, I was struck by how quickly things turned ugly. By that I mean, in their quest to “bring kids to Jesus” they were apparently so desperate to get more responses the speaker and conference started tearing down the faith of the teens and telling them “you might think you are saved and not be” and that “accepting Jesus was only the start and you have a long way to go before you are really saved.” I’m sorry if you don’t like my calling it for what it is but questioning the faith of another has nothing to do with Christianity or the Bible. Nor does telling a room full of teenagers “if you aren’t filled to overflowing right now so that you are singing with this music, you might not be saved.” Making a joyful noise has nothing to do with performing on demand like a puppet on a string. At that point me and mine left. We stayed for skits and other things but refused to have anything to do with a speaker so desperate for “responses” that he would tear down the faith of others and teach falsehoods and false requirements for salvation.
When you send a child to a conference or camp without youth leaders willing to stand up for the truth (regardless of how popular a speaker may be), you are sending them to swim in unguarded waters. Require of your youth leaders that they watch out for not just your child’s body but their minds and souls. Require them to be the lifeguards your children need when you commit your child to their care. Youth conferences should build up your children and buoy their young faith, not rip it apart. Remember that not all who claim to be speakers of the truth are what they claim.
2 Corinthians 11: 13-15
13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ.
14 And it is no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light;
15 So it is not surprising if his servants also masquerade as ministers of righteousness. Their end will correspond with their deeds.