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Secularists are attacking a major Christian ministry for telling children they are sinners, as reported by Christian Today. Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) has been evangelizing children for more than 75 years through various means, the most notable being its Good News Clubs, which normally meet in homes, community centers, and schools. Another famous CEF program is the Wordless Book, a booklet that shares the salvation message using the colors black, red, white, gold, and green.
More than ever, many secularists are deliberately and aggressively targeting our children and Christian ministries that teach the truth of God’s Word to children—and for a reason! They are going after the hearts and minds of this and coming generations, and if they continue to do so successfully, they’ll win the culture.
Now, why would there be such opposition to the Christian message if it wasn’t a spiritual battle? If all life arose by natural processes, and there was no God, why would people even care what others were taught? After all, for the secularists, when they die they will cease to exist—and in their belief system, they won’t know they even existed—so why should they care what is taught to children? But they do care, because there has been a spiritual battle going on for the hearts and minds of people since the temptation in the Garden of Eden.
The attack on CEF has included all sorts of wild accusations, such as claims that CEF’s message is psychologically harmful to children. Apparently, this charge stems from telling children that they are sinners in need of salvation.
In recent times secularists are increasingly accusing biblical creationists of “child abuse” for teaching creation to children. Now they are going a step further to show their real intolerance is of Christianity in general. The secularists are directly targeting those who teach the gospel message, which includes telling children that they are sinners. I have said for years that the devil has deliberately targeted the book of Genesis, the foundational book of the Bible, because, if he targeted the Cross, the church would quickly respond and defend the gospel of Jesus Christ. But due to the decreasing spiritual state of this nation and increasing intolerance of Christianity, the attacks are becoming more overt against Christianity, and are on the increase.
Furthermore, if there is no God, then sin doesn’t exist and right and wrong are relative. The consequence of rejecting God is that any bad or selfish behavior is really like a normal expression of our evolutionary past. We have evolved selfishness, because evolution favors those who are selfish. So evolutionists conclude it’s wrong and psychologically damaging to falsely tell young people that they are sinners. Except that it can’t be wrong, because, if there is no God, right and wrong do not exist either. Secularists are so inconsistent and have to borrow from the Christian worldview about right and wrong in their daily lives! Let me explain further.
Do you realize the irony, then, of saying it is wrong to tell people they wrongfully come short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23)? But who could say that telling children that they are sinners is psychologically damaging? In a world without God, what defines being “damaged”? Doesn’t it just mean that our brains will evolve in some other direction than they would otherwise? Who is to judge whether that is a bad thing? The evolutionary worldview, in the absence of absolute morality as defined by God, leads to far more questions than answers.
As part of their opposition efforts, secularists in Portland have posted a photo on social media of a child holding a sign that says, “I am not a sinner.” Clearly they have missed that the Good News Club is, indeed, good news! Yes, the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ rests firmly upon a literal view of Genesis where death and suffering entered the world by the sin of the first man (Romans 5:12). The Bible most definitely has a negative message to mankind saying that “all have sinned” (Romans 3:23), “what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God” (Luke 16:15), and “all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6). But that very point is exactly what makes the good news—the positive news—good news.
The message of the Good News Club does not end with us as sinners, but with Christ shedding His blood on the Cross and rising from the dead as payment for our sins that we might have eternal life with Him. The free gift of God’s grace is available to all who will believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior. How is that not good news in a dark world full of suffering?
Such superficial criticisms should cause us to remember the battle is a spiritual one. Ephesians 6:12 clarifies that our fight is not against flesh and blood humans, but against spiritual hosts of wickedness. The hypocritical criticisms, the dogmatic refusal to acknowledge sin, the denial of the gospel, and the bias against Christianity all point to a spiritual blindness under the influence of Satan (2 Corinthians 4:4). Remember, the ultimate answer to these spiritual attacks is not necessarily more laws in favor of Christianity, although those may help in the spread of the gospel, but a strong gospel witness that stands on the authority of the Bible from the very first verse. We can’t force morality upon America or bring back the past, but we can preach the gospel and see the light of Christ change individual hearts and lives for the glory of God.
We shouldn’t be surprised by these sorts of attacks as people increasingly oppose the gospel. As Christians, we need to pray that revival would sweep our country. Pray for our lawmakers to establish laws that favor the spread of the gospel. And pray for ministries like CEF that are under attack by secularists, that they would continue to stand firmly on the authority of Scripture as they preach the good news of the gospel.
You can find out more about Child Evangelism Fellowship on their website.
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This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.
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