As more and more young people are leaving their churches, not sure if religion can offer them anything, what is the reason for their lack of faith? Could it be their parents’ fault?
Pastor of The Potter’s House in Dallas, Texas, Bishop T.D. Jakes, thinks that maybe the reason young people are lacking in faith is because their parents are not conscientious enough to make sure they bring their children when they go to church.
Jakes told his congregation, in a sermon have given on June 24, that parents don’t really try hard enough to get their kids to come to church, unless there’s a problem they can’t solve.
Jakes went on to say “Then, when all hell breaks loose in the house, and they’re out of control, and you’re at your wits end, then you drag them into the service for a miracle.”
Jakes continues that children should be brought up to go to church regularly and parents should not wait until something bad happens to bring them to the church.
According to Jakes, parents should take an example from Proverbs 22:6, and train their children when they are young, so that when they are older they will not stray away.
During his MegaFest in Dallas, Texas, scheduled for August 29-31, Jakes will hold various conferences with the aim of getting kids back to church and strengthening their parent’s faith.
Conferences titled, “Woman Thou Art Loosed, ManPower, MegaKidz and Mega Youth,” will all be rolled into one big event at the MegaFest.
According to David Kinnaman of the Barna Research Group, 60 percent of young people aged between 15 and 19 have fallen away from church and are not getting involved in church activities.
In his book, “You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church and Rethinking Faith,” Kinnaman writes that the only way the church is going to get the children to come back, is to modernize its way of thinking.
According to Jakes, if you don’t implant faith and moral values into your children before they reach the age of 10 to 12 years old, then it may be already too late to convert them to Christ.
According to Jakes, the “Last hope,” of this modern generation is through the church.