Why Seeker-Friendly Churches are Failing Our Youth

Youth want raw truth. They sense impending disaster and their hope and optimism of a bright future is being sucked from them. (Flickr/Creative Commons)
Youth want raw truth. They sense impending disaster and their hope and optimism of a bright future is being sucked from them. (Flickr/Creative Commons)

by Bert Farias

I just received a disturbing report of two young pastors who, in their attempts to reach more youth and college age students, are toning down on all things Holy Ghost related. How can you possibly call yourself a New Testament church pastor and come to this conclusion? From where does this persuasion come from?

Unfortunately, this has become a disturbing trend across the country in many churches. Church worship resembles a rock concert performance (honestly, even Charismatics and Pentecostals know so little about true worship). Singers and musicians are like celebrities. Some of them even lead gay lifestyles and nothing is ever said.

Robotic predictable services are the norm. Being nice to everyone and tolerant of anyone living a sinful lifestyle is promoted. This is now the pop culture of a multitude of churches.

One honest question: What happens when youth discover the real Jesus, the real gospel, and the raw power of God? Let me inform you now before it all comes down. There will be a mass exodus from these apostate churches.

Apostate??? Isn’t that a bit strong to label them apostate? Any church that has left New Testament Christianity, which hinges on the demonstration of the Spirit and power of God, is apostate. Any church that has left the wisdom of God and put their faith in the wisdom and philosophies of men is a traitor to the highest cause.

Another report came in right on the heels of this one of a senior pastor and his staff from a large church returning from a church conference supposedly armed with this new and higher wisdom to grow their church to mega proportions.

Once again, as is becoming the pattern for so many churches now, they implemented drastic measures to remove anything and everything that resembles the manifestations of the Holy Ghost and the power of God. They stifled every prayer meeting in the church with guidelines and limitations but no liberty. They changed the culture of the church into a coffee house atmosphere and made the uncommon so common—bringing sacred things to a base level. Such irreverence seems to be the norm.

Older people with spiritual sense who have been in this particular church for years are now leaving.

It is hard to believe. The only sensible explanation is that there has been a thick cloud of deception that church leaders are being sucked into that has made them delusional.

The seeker-friendly church template prides itself on doing church services so as not to offend anyone. It is consumer based and designed to draw and attract the multitudes who want to relate to Christianity without being delivered from their sins and adhering to the demands of Jesus for being His true follower.

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SOURCE: Charisma News

Bert M. Farias, revivalist and founder of Holy Fire Ministries, is the author of several books including The Real Spirit of Revival and the newly released, Prayer: The Language of the Spirit, as well as the highly acclaimed My Son, My Son—a beautiful father-son memoir co-written with his son Daniel for the purpose of training up a holy generation. He ministers interdenominationally and cross-culturally in nations, churches, conferences, crusades, on the streets, and in homes. He and his wife also host The Holy Ghost Forum—a school of the Spirit. Follow him at Bert Farias and Holy Fire Ministries on Facebook or @Bertfarias1 on Twitter.

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