Eternity, Eternity, Eternity! Where will you spend Eternity? In Heaven or Hell? This is a wake-up Call for Preachers to begin preaching the pure Gospel of Christ. We need to hear messages from God's Word on Sin & Salvation, Heaven & Hell and Judgment. It is Satan that is deceiving our young people. He is a Liar, a Thief and a Murderer. Jesus Christ, however, has defeated Him through shedding His pure and perfect blood on the Cross to purchase our eternal salvation. He is the ONLY Hope and the ONLY Answer to the SIN PROBLEM that has overpowered mutitudes in our world today. How the heart of God must yearn for the billions of people upon this planet to turn to Him in repentance and faith! How our Saviour Jesus Christ must be interceding for His Church which has drifted so far away from Him! And how many parents' and grandparents' hearts ache as they seek God in intercession with tears for their loved ones to return to Him Who has purchased their salvation through His sacrificial death on Calvary's Cross and glorious resurrecton from the dead. May the Blessed Holy Spirit draw theologians, pastors and young people back to Jesus Christ, Who is the only Way, the Only Truth and the Only Life. He calls to sinners now: "Behold I stand at the door and knock. If any man will hear My voice and open the door, I will come in to Him, and will sup with him and he with ME." (Rev. 3:20) - Pastor Max Solbrekken
Cultural Changes That Create the 'Perfect Storm' Against the Church
Josh McDowell, an apologist and evangelist,
spoke at Southern Evangelical Seminary's Christian Apologetics
conference on three culture changes that create a "perfect
storm" that challenges and poses a threat to the
McDowell says the first is an epistemological shift
that is occurring regarding Biblical truths due to modern
perspectives on God's word.
"We've had a major shift in
what truth is and where it comes from. We've gone from being
God-centered to self-centered, from being objective to being
subjective and from being internal to external," he said.
argues that the truth that the church upholds is merely viewed as
personal opinion by some people, especially young individuals due to
the idea that most think that God is dead.
"In 1991, 51
percent of evangelical young adults said there is no truth apart from
their own views. Today, that number is 91 percent," said
The respected apologist also says the Internet's
"exploding information" plays a major factor in challenging
the way young people view culture, the church and their moral views.
According to his research, millions of youths take in about 34GB of
Internet data each day, which is equivalent to the amount of lyrics
found in 8,160 songs.
"Every pastor, youth pastor, and
every parent is in competition with the Internet and the information
it is spreading," said McDowell. "Most young people don't
get their news from CNN or CBS, they get it from bloggers. There are
about 181 million bloggers vying for the attention of your
The unlimited amount of online information
that people have access to has caused an increase in skepticism that
will only continue to become more pervasive, says McDowell.
you don't believe me, go around and talk to young people in colleges
and in junior high. Go and make 'truth statements' and you'll hear
them say, 'How do you know that's true?' There's so much out there,"
said McDowell. "[For] every kid, even Christians, the age of the
Internet is wearing down their convictions because they think
tomorrow they'll find something else."
"Fifteen to 20 years ago, the questions that you used to hear at
universities about faith, Jesus and the Bible, about skepticisms,
questioning what you believe in; questions that you used to hear in
the last two years of college are now being asked by 10- and
11-year-olds. It's coming all right down through Facebook."
his message, he also told pastors they cannot pastor the same way
they have been for the last 20 years while telling parents they
cannot raise their children the same way they were raised because the
Internet has changed "everything."
years ago, the phrase was, 'if you don't reach a young person by 18,
you probably won't reach them. Now, atheists and agnostics have the
same access to your kids as you do, it's just one click away. The
internet has leveled the playing field and now if you don't reach a
child by their 12th birthday, you won't reach them."
the same manner, McDowell emphasized that young people are
increasingly becoming addicted to pornography, adding that it is the
greatest threat to the body of Christ in 2,000 years.
is destroying pastors, youth pastors and more Christians than
anything by far in history," said McDowell. "The number one
demographic is 12- to 25-year-olds, there's no difference in and out
of the church."
He added that 50 percent of fundamental,
evangelical pastors watch porn while 80 percent of youth pastors have
a problem with porn as well. McDowell pointed out that porn provides
only a momentary satisfaction and porn addicts often seek other
opportunities to satisfy their sexual desires.
average person starts with heterosexual sex then after a while, that
no longer satisfies, then there's anal, from anal there's oral, from
oral to homo, from homo to bestiality then to children," said
He continued, "The sad thing is, after child
pornography doesn't satisfy, where do you go? Pornography is why
sex-trafficking, sex abuse and rape are major issues, they (addicts)
end up living it out, it becomes a reality."
advised parents to not shelter their children from "what's out
there" but rather prepare them for the first time they will
inevitably encounter information overload on the Internet and
"You cannot protect your child from watching
pornography, if you think you can, then you're the problem, mom. If
you're sitting there thinking, 'I can protect my child,' then you'll
end up losing them and the stats are on my side."
added, "It's as dumb as saying, 'you can't ever listen to
music,' in our culture. You can't go through life without listening
to music, and now, you're not going to go through life without
watching porn. Those mothers who say they're going to prepare their
child will win, those who say they will protect them will lose."