Author Chelsen Vicari Says Evangelical Churches Need to Do a Better Job at Preparing Children to Defend Christian Teachings on Social Issues

(PHOTO: THE CHRISTIAN POST/SAMUEL SMITH) Institute on Religion and Democracy Evangelical director Chelsen Vicari speaks at the Family Research Council on April 1, 2015 in Washington, D.C.
(PHOTO: THE CHRISTIAN POST/SAMUEL SMITH)
Institute on Religion and Democracy Evangelical director Chelsen Vicari speaks at the Family Research Council on April 1, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

Evangelical churches need to focus more on preaching biblical truth in order to prepare children to defend historic Christian teachings on social issues like same-sex marriage and abortion from the “distorted” theology being propagated by the Christian left, evangelical author Chelsen Vicari said Wednesday.

At a Family Research Council discussion on her new book, Distorted: How The New Christian Left is Twisting the Gospel and Damaging Faith, Vicari explained that as more mainline Protestant denominations are starting to affirm same-sex relationships and other issues that Christ has labeled as sinful, young Evangelicals are susceptible to caving in and embracing the liberal agenda that they encounter on college campuses and in youth groups, because they don’t know enough about the Scripture to defend its guiding principles.

Vicari, who’s the evangelical program director at the Institute on Religion and Democracy, shared her own story about how when she was going through her undergraduate studies, her strong conservative Christian convictions were tested and ostracized by left-leaning Christian groups on campus. She eventually folded her convictions to believe that it’s acceptable for Christians to be accommodating toward sinful behavior, such as homosexuality.

Although Vicari rediscovered her Christian conservative principles after going to the evangelical Regent University for graduate school, she said many other young Evangelicals are dealing with their own hardships as they are being called “homophobic” and “bigots” when promoting the Bible’s teachings on highly contested social issues. She added that young Evangelicals are more likely to buy into the Christian left’s notion that, if they want to be “compassionate” like Jesus, they need to be more accommodating and compromising on same-sex relationships and abortion.

“That’s why I wanted to write Distorted, to give … the grownups a glimpse into the world of a millennial and what we deal with in churches, what we deal with in youth group, and what we deal with on college campuses where our parents think everything should be fine and dandy and that we should be protected — and that is not necessarily the truth,” Vicari explained.

“It’s always hard to be ostracized and to be the one who is called these horrible names and hated on Twitter,” Vicari, who’s also a Christian Post op-ed contributor, added. “But there is a problem in evangelical churches and young people don’t know enough about their faith to defend it, and that is making them much more susceptible to deception.”

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Samuel Smith

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