Monday, July 09, 2007

Singaporean youths not interested in deep stuff. So?

I was posing a question regarding the issue of Singapore youth not interested in deep stuff, but it seems that there are no takers. Oh well.

The response to such a position is to maintain that without doctrine and instruction, Christ will not be known. After all, what is the diffference between Christianity and Arianim but on important doctrinal grounds? Which Christ are we following? The Christ of the Mormons? The Christ of the New Age? The Christ of the Jehovah's Witnesses? By not 'talking about such issues', we are setting up our youths for possible destruction and shipwreck of their faith, tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine (Eph. 4:14). Furthermore, we are perpetuating disobedience to God, by not loving and worshipping Him with our minds (Mt. 22:37; Mk. 12:30; Lk. 10:27).

More important to this matter is the fact that we give in to the carnal desires of the youth. Which person, especially the youths, naturally likes to learn about God? But since when did what we are to do, and what pastors especially needs to do, become dictated by Man, especially those who are unregenerate? By not obeying God in this matter, the minister who does so disobeys God.

And finally, with regards to the claim that doctrines such as Calvinism/ Arminianism is irrelevant, since when did salvation become irrelevant? Does anyone dare to say that we can both be saved by faith alone or by faith with works, and that it doesn't matter either way? God forbid (Gal. 1:8-9)! Such an attitude betrays a heart hardened towards God's truth and especially His holiness. If God is so holy, then the doctrine of salvation is precious for you, because without it, there would be no hope for anyone but that all would be condemned to hellfire. God has no obligation whatsoever to save anyone, and unless we realize that we are sinners in the hands of an angry God, we will not treasure God and the doctrines of the Christian faith.

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