Yet there is a decided falling away of Christian youth from
the faith. Playing upon the fears of parents and their desperate desire for
the salvation of their children, liberal theologians and liberal church
leaders have cruelly used what we would term the youth factor as a
wedge to open the doors to lowered standards and principles, and to the
acceptance of apostate doctrines.
How often we hear the necessity of enlivening church
services by the introduction of various blasphemous modes of worship, with the
catchcry that these techniques will preserve our children for God! Thus
activities as diverse as Pentecostalism, the singing of "gospel" rock,
puppetry, clown "ministries," emphasis of church youth groups on competitive
sport, drama groups, the cinema, un-Christian video, and many more such
activities have been accepted as "good" concepts designed "to save our youth."
Indeed about the only tactic never suggested as a means of saving our youth is
to bring to their hearts the love of Jesus through the study of His Word, an
understanding of biblical doctrines, and a pure witness. But such a course
would not subserve the hidden agenda of many liberal minds.
To follow the advice of liberal church leaders is to doom
the church, for denomination after denomination has been decimated by policies
which introduce worldly compromise as a means to retain the youth of the
church. We say, Challenge the youth with the Scriptures and they will remain
true. But compromise the standards and the faith, and youth will depart.
Perhaps the most disquieting feature is the way in which
some theologians and senior church people presume to speak for the youth.
Frequently they place in young peopleís mouths words that they do not speak.
Thus the youth are said to complain that the music is too dull, we are assured
that they wish to move away from time-honored forms of worship, and many other
claims are made in behalf of the youth. Usually it is found that until
inserted into the minds of the young people by these persons, who believe
themselves to be experts on the thinking of youth, many of these matters have
scarcely entered their heads. It is almost as if a massive brainwashing of our
young people is being orchestrated. The requirements of the youth are repeated
so often that ultimately they assume that this must be what they believe.
Of course we believe that worship services should be
vibrant and that the hymns of Zion should generate an enthusiastic expression.
All this, as we study Godís Word, we believe He approves. But mixing the world
and the church will never truly convert our youth; rather it will
increase apostasies, for the world performs evil more effectively than the
It is in this general frame of reference that unceasing
efforts are being put forward to convince our youth that they cannot
comprehend the King James Version of Scripture. Only recently have youth
commenced to mouth this sentiment, for they have now been told it so
frequently that not only do they believe it; but in many cases they have not
read the King James Version to verify or refute the "conventional wisdom." The
result of accepting this pronouncement of liberal theologians is so appalling
that one hopes that Christian parents will critically analyze their claim
before accepting it.
But playing upon the fears of godly parents, some of these
men used this line of reasoning as a carefully designed means to replace the
Word of God from the purest Greek manuscripts, substituting versions based
upon manuscripts both carelessly and deliberately corrupted. It was a cunning
ploy, and it has succeeded no doubt beyond the wildest dreams of those who
planned it. So successful is it that we frequently hear even very responsible
laity echoing this misinformation. Now nearly all theology students are
informed that modern translations are preferable to the King James Version.
Men are graduating with Mastersí degrees in Divinity believing this error,
without the slightest knowledge that the modern versions are based upon
entirely different Greek manuscripts. Failure to highlight this fact in
seminaries which promote the new versions is tantamount to a monstrous
We are now treating our highly educated young people as if
they were illiterate. We do them a gross injustice in this assumption. There
is nothing wrong with a modern translation, but there is everything wrong with
the use of mutilated manuscripts as its basis. Our young people deserve the
very bestóthe uncorrupted Word of God.
In an era when higher education has never been so commonly
achieved, we now pretend that young people cannot understand that which caused
not the least difficulty to people with a mere elementary-school education
only a few decades past. It is time that these liberal theologians stopped
insulting the intelligence of our young people.
The early Reformers proposed to issue a Bible so easy to
understand that the plough-boy could readily comprehend it. Today, we have
reached the incredible situation where the plough-boys are in little
difficulty in their understanding, while the theological professors find the
beautiful English of the King James Version beyond their comprehension. Or do
they? It may be that their real reason for displacing the King James
Version is not to please our youth. It may be that the hiddden motive is to
foist upon Christians an ecumenical Bible pleasing to Rome and to those who no
longer fear her pagan practices.
Our youth merit far better than that. Let us not make them
pawns in a subtle move to reverse Godís Word. By all means let us have a
youth factor, but let it be the youth of the church proclaiming the pure
Word of God.