The next time you greet those around you at church, pay close attention to the young people. Chances are, two-thirds of them will stop showing up and start looking for answers somewhere else. The devastating part is that those answers were always available . . . if only their pastors, elders, and parents believed them.
Christians often focus on the tangible aspects of church to gauge success—the website, the trendy worship music, the number of new members. But are we letting too many young people slip away because we’re missing the core?
Answers in Genesis set out to do more than just surmise and speculate; we wanted to hear it firsthand from those impacted, from the young people who no longer see church as necessary or even relevant. What we found affects every follower of Jesus:
Some Christians lash out at us for driving children from church because of our “nonsense” about the Bible being the authority in every area of life and history. According to the facts, however, children will likely leave church because they have no reason to rely on the Bible or what it teaches. In fact, hypocrisy is the main reason they leave: the hypocrisy of those who claim to believe the Bible—just not as it’s written.
In Ken Ham and Brit Beemer’s groundbreaking—and shocking—book, Already Gone, twenty-somethings revealed where their doubts first began and why they walked out. They did not receive what they so desperately needed—straight answers from a straightforward reading of the Bible.
Trusting in the accuracy of Scripture really is that important. But that’s not just our opinion:
Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.” (John 14:23–24)