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Sugar Coated Youth Ministries

Time magazine recently did an article about youth groups in America. It discussed how youth groups in the 90's presented a watered down gospel in order for teenagers to be entertained and having fun. It then discussed a trend in some churches to do the exact opposite of this by presenting heavy doses of absolute truth and doctrine and scripture.
A quote from the article says this:

"Believing that a message wrapped in pop-culture packaging was the
way to attract teens to their flocks, pastors watered down the religious
content and boosted the entertainment. But in recent years churches
have begun offering their young people a style of religious
instruction grounded in Bible study and teachings about the doctrines
of their denomination. Their conversion has been sparked by
the recognition that sugarcoated Christianity, popular in the 1980s and
early '90s, has caused growing numbers of kids to turn away not just
from attending youth-fellowship activities but also from practicing their faith at all."

You can find a link to the article here.

HT: Al Mohler

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