Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Censoring the Gospel

When the Gospel is lost I guess it really doesn't matter if you withhold the facts of Jesus' death and resurrection from children. That seems to be the rationale behind one publisher of children's Sunday School curriculum. The guys over at Two Institutions blow the whistle on this knavery. You must read the publisher's explanation for yourself.

HT: Mike Hall

16 comments:

Jared Moore said...

Tom,

this kind of stuff makes me sick... it really does. No wonder we're losing a generation. It's amazing how our secular school system keeps "adding to" what our children can learn in kindergarten and first grade while the church seeks to teach them less... it's sad indeed.

Bob Cleveland said...

Tom,

These guys are proving what's been one of my pet theories for a long, long time; that even intellectual, educated, intelligent believers can do and say really, really stupid things.

Not long ago, I heard an interesting speaker say that kindergarteners can understand the word HOLY if we'll just explain it to them. He said that to illustrate that young ones can understand a LOT more of this stuff than we give them credit for, except we're afraid (apparently) to teach them.

Jerry said...

"...alternate ending to the Gospel story..."

Words fail me.

Rhology said...

"...alternate ending to the Gospel story..."

Oh, you mean the one where Jesus doesn't die? Sounds great!

Pastor Scott Lee said...

Amazing! Will we ever cease trying to improve on God's Word! One more example of submitting truth to the procrustean bed of human educational theory.

chadwick said...

Amazing Decision . . . how sweet the sound that saved a Philanthropist like me?

chadwick

mingo said...

I would have a problem with any SS curriculum that does not cover the cross of Christ in at least a majority of its lessons, regardless of what age group. We are studying the 10 Commandments in our family SS class and the cross of Christ comes up every week.

Has this not been the criticism of the Reformed camp to the other side that most do not preach Christ and Him crucified, regardless of what book or topic they are preaching?

For those who have not heard the criticism, allow me to paraphrase:
If you are teaching or preaching from a book of the Bible and you cannot show Christ then you have done the job of a Jewish Rabbi. At least the Rabbi will have better jokes.

reformedrick said...

Another good reason why we should catechize our kids. The Church seems to have forgotten the great confessions and the importance of teaching them to ALL the congregation. This is an excellent example of today's evangelicalism feeling the need to make everything move to the lowest common denominator. When you try to replace the wisdom of our spiritual forefathers with "culturally relevant" teaching, you get twaddle.

We have gone through the Westminster Shorter Catechism with our kids several times at family devotions. Every good confession has age appropriate material for preschoolers.

Never too early to help kids develop their systematic theology!

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Lance said...

I am utterly aghast.

Unbelievable.

Darby Livingston said...

Stories like this make me glad we use Children Desiring God. There is no more Christ-centered, hard-hitting, yet loving curriculum around. Our preschoolers know God is big and does whatever he wants, and they know Jesus is his Son and loves them. Our kindergarteners know Jesus died on a cross, and that Stephen was stoned to death, and that Noah's Ark wasn't a story about cute little animals. Our elementary children know the whole Bible is about Jesus and that he's the Wisdom of God. They know what idolatry is, and what it means to glorify God by enjoying Him forever. I could go on and on, but you get the point. I think we need to reward solid curricula with repeat business and promotion. BTW, I'm not paid to endorse it. :)

SS&SG said...

Preschoolers, as "concrete thinkers", can't grasp the death and resurrection. How will they "grasp" the true meaning of God's love...hmm.
Love, is I think more difficult to understand.
The crucifixion is too violent.
When dieing for another is the greatest expression of love, censoring the crucifix is censoring the love. I wonder what kind of loving God preschoolers should know.
This does bring up a good question. If we don't want to expose our children to bad/harmful influences then what should we censor?
We should, when considering this question, be mindful of a few things.

God is most important and must be properly represented, not distorted.

Children are in danger of eternal damnation.

Finally, Jesus said to let the children come, I think, to hear his message.

with that I am,
Sam G

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Pilgrim's Progeny said...

I recently recieved a flyer from a local baptist church in the area that invited all to come for everything but the cross:

"Life is messy. Kids, finances, relationships, stress…our plates are full, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. At Our Church, you’ll find new friends, great programs, and an upbeat, relevant service. We’re exploring God’s instruction manual and discovering practical tools to help build strong families, find personal fulfillment, and put our hectic lives in balance. So stop in this weekend, and bring the kids—even if they’re sticky!"

I know this church presents the gospel, last I knew, but I find this misleading. This approach oftens takes a church in the direction that leads away from the cross. It makes me sad, repentance and faith are their greatest needs but they are overlooked as the gospel of Christ is(on the surface) left out and replaced with a different gospel.

mingo said...

Here is an often overlooked instruction from God's "Instruction Manual" (see above for joke).

To parents:
"You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise." Deuteronomy 6:7

To fathers:
"He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God,but keep his commandments..." Psalm 78:5-7

"Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord." Ephesians 6:4

I am not suggesting that you do away with your SS, if you have a good SS curriculum and qualified teachers, but let's make sure that we remember who the burden in put on for teaching the children--parents, ESPECIALLY FATHERS!

SCH20 said...

Many Southern Baptists have been led into soteriological error. May God have mercy on his church and grant us Godly leaders who are firmly grounded in sound Biblical doctrine.