In spite of all the church entertainment, young adults are not sticking with the church.

According to USA Today, Young adults aren’t sticking with church. This is shocking since all the stops have been pulled out by today’s emergent and seeker-friendly churches to entertain and appease their members. Those who especially had their felt needs catered to are the very demographic that is abandoning the faith in “sobering” numbers.

I can’t understand how young adults are walking away from all these cool, hip, and relevant churches when these churches have exerted so much effort to become like the world to attract them in the first place. It is truly a mystery.

The graveyard of “relevance” now houses the bones of such gems as having a cool place to experience God, passing out shot glasses, reliving the 80’s, sermons on sex, and more sex, sermons on The Beatles, MTV-like pastors, Elvis-led worship, Spice Girls lip syncing, Michael Jackson music video reenactments, Garth Brooks performances, poker, Las Vegas style church, churches turned into concerts, Hip Hop prayer books, Gothic Christianity, Kick-Boxing, belly dancing, yoga, and Bible study at Hooters.

Truly a mystery, truly a mystery indeed.

For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ,

for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes . . .

Romans 1:16 (NKJV)

5 thoughts on “In spite of all the church entertainment, young adults are not sticking with the church.

  1. interestingly enough, the numbers are growing in that very demographic in the so called “seeker-friendly” churches.

    What people are running from just as fast as they can is your brand of old school “your not a real christian”, “you’re going to hell” Christianity.

    At the evolution blog. Look the way Coram Deo responded to me simply posting my opinion that I wanted to share with you guys. Do you think that kind of attitude is what draws folks like me in? Or pushes us away? Hmmmm…

    Just a thought.


  2. Rusty,

    Do you think that maybe there’s a reason that people are going to all these ooey-gooey, seeker-sensitive type churches? Do you think that it may have something to do with the fact that people want to feel good about themselves while they are still in their sins?

    People are reaching out for the lip-smacking, candy-coated, sugary goodness of their local candy store, er, I mean, “seeker-sensitive” church because they want the glory of saying “I go to church” without having to hear that the deeds of their flesh are sins in the eyes of God.

    Or was Jesus just pulling our leg when He said “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed” (John 3:19-20).


  3. Great article Pilgrim.

    Another reason that the youth are abandoning churches is that we never explained the essential tenets of the faith clearly to them in the first place, thereby not giving them a solid foundation to stand on when the challenges come.

    I blogged about a phenomenon here in Atlanta called Exodus – a “hip hop” approach to evangelizing to youth.

    I say it over and over again – we do the unbeliever a dangerous disservice when we attempt to make the Gospel palatable to their sensitivities – especially by making it “user friendly” (i.e. non-confrontational to their current sin state).

    If we don’t evangelize properly to the lost, then we are (essentially) assisting in throwing them back into the pre-belief state…with far more devastating results.


  4. Fourpointer,

    Admitedly, I was a bit hot (thank you Coram Deo)at the time I made my comment here and I should not have said that.

    I have been backing away from attending church lately mainly because I just can’t take the ol’ pounding on the pulpit, screaming about hell and damnation… I just can’t take that anymore. So I am searching for a new church home.

    I gues I need to find something a little more “Oooey-gooey” LOL

    I have the Paul Osteen book and I must say, i’m not sure he’s even a Christian! Maybe I need something a little more in the middle.

    thank you for your comments though; you do make some solid points worth exploring!


  5. Sadly the seeker-sensitive, purpose-driven, emergent/emerging man centered ecumenical churches of deceit have built their teetering spiritual house of cards on a foundation of gasoline soaked sand.

    Theirs is the predictable, inevitable result of watering down the whole counsel of God in favor of a feel good, self-help, hollow non-gospel of nothingness interpretation that says, “You’re good enough, you’re smart enough, and doggone it, God loves you!”

    A little leaven indeed…


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