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Student Pastor John Freeman - It's Our Problem

Below is an excerpt from a very challenging article by R. Albert Mohler, Jr. We ALL need to get more serious than ever about reading the Word of God and leading our families to do the same. If we do, we will reap rewards. If not, we will suffer consequences. If you haven't heard it today, Jesus loves you!

While America's evangelical Christians are rightly concerned about the secular worldview's rejection of biblical Christianity, we ought to give some urgent attention to a problem much closer to home - Biblical illiteracy in the church. This scandalous problem is our own, and it's up to us to fix it. Researchers George Gallup and Jim Castelli put the problem squarely: "Americans revere the Bible - but, by and large, they don't read it. And because they don't read it, they have become a nation of Biblical illiterates."

Christians who lack Biblical knowledge are the products of churches that marginalize Biblical knowledge. Bible teaching now often accounts for only a diminishing fraction of the local congregation's time and attention. The move to small group ministry has certainly increased opportunities for fellowship, but many of these groups never get beyond superficial Bible study.

Youth ministries are asked to fix problems, provide entertainment, and keep kids busy. How many local-church youth programs actually produce substantial Bible knowledge in young people?

Even the pulpit has been sidelined in many congregations. Preaching has taken a back seat to other concerns in corporate worship. The centrality of Biblical preaching to the formation of disciples is lost, and Christian ignorance leads to Christian indolence and worse.

This really is our problem, and it is up to this generation of Christians to reverse course. Recovery starts at home. Parents are to be the first and most important educators of their own children, diligently teaching them the Word of God. [See Deuteronomy 6:4-9.] Parents cannot franchise their responsibility to the congregation, no matter how faithful and Biblical it may be. God assigned parents this non-negotiable responsibility, and children must see their Christian parents as teachers and fellow students of God's Word.

Churches must recover the centrality and urgency of Biblical teaching and preaching, and refuse to sideline the teaching ministry of the preacher. Pastors and churches too busy - or too distracted - to make Biblical knowledge a central aim of ministry will produce believers who simply do not know enough to be faithful disciples.

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