Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | April 1, 2009

Heartfelt Concern


As I sit and write this I feel very frustrated. I would like for a moment to try to explain my frustration to you.

This past Sunday during the invitation a young lady came forward to re-dedicate her life to the Lord. My wife Faith dealt with her. Faith asked her how long she had been saved and she replied 1 month. They talked some more and Faith asked if she was reading her Bible and she said no.

The bottom line Faith was dealing with a brand new babe in Christ and whom ever led her to the Lord was not following up. We are seeing this far too often these days. Because she has no car she is at the mercy of others to get her to church or stuck with the “campus church.”

Let me say right here and now the discipleship problem with this new convert has been corrected and we have been able to get an older lady in the Lord to take that responsibility.

I believe we as the Church of the Living God have become very woeful in our responsibility to disciple new converts. The Bible commands us in Titus 2:1-7, “But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: [2] That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. [3] The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; [4] That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, [5] To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. [6] Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded. [7] In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,”

The older lady I spoke of earlier told me that she gave the young lady Faith dealt with and her friend a ride back to their dorm. On the way back they said they really appreciated the service and the fact the preacher explained a doctrine of the Bible by using the scriptures in the Bible. They also said they wished the “campus church” would do that. They also said they loved singing the old hymns because they never get them in the “campus church.”

I am frustrated because I believe we have done wrong to our younger generation. Our young people need and want something with foundation and substance. They really don’t want this modern, foundationless, mindless chants we call Christianity. This lie of the devil, “We have to entertain them, we have to reach them on their level,” is destroying the Church. It seems to me the way we grow is by stretching higher!

Why do we have so many of our so called Christian young people falling into sin, ruining their lives with sex, drugs and all the world has to offer? I believe it is because we are not giving them something of substance to believe in! I believe God is going to hold us accountable for raising a generation of anemic Christians.

Judges 2:10, “And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the Lord, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.”

Deut. 32:20, “And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith.”

I do not have a vehicle to get this concern out so I have to bear my soul in this way. These are things I have seen or experienced over the last 25 years. I may be totally wrong but I do not think I am. Please pray for our young people as they go around sightless because we the generation above them are leading them astray. Remember they will be the generation to take leadership roles in our churches and ministries, will they be prepared?

Thank you for reading this soul bearing and I would love to read back from you.

Watching For HIS Soon Return,
Chaplain Alan Farley


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