Why are Young People Leaving the Church?

What does the age of the Earth have to do with the exodus of young people from American churches? Ken Ham, known for his Answers in Genesis creation-science ministry, says a major study he commissioned by a respected researcher unveils for the first time in a scientific fashion the startling reasons behind statistics that show two-thirds of young people in evangelical churches will leave when they move into their 20s. The study, highlighted in Ham’s new book with researcher Britt Beemer, “Already Gone: Why your kids will quit church and what you can do to stop it,” finds church youth already are “lost” in their hearts and minds in elementary, middle and high school – not in college as many assume. The survey found, much to Ham’s surprise, a “Sunday School syndrome,” indicating children who faithfully attend Bible classes in their church over the years actually are more likely to question the authority of Scripture. “This is a brutal wake-up call for the church, showing how our programs and our approaches to Christian education are failing dismally,” Ham writes in the book.

The book explores a number of reasons for the findings, but Ham sees one overarching problem that is related to how churches and parents have taught youth to understand the Genesis account of creation. Ham – who believes in a literal six-day creation that happened 6,000 to 10,000 years ago – says the church opened a door for the exodus of youth, beginning in the 19th century, when it began teaching that “the age of the Earth is not an issue as long as you trust in Jesus and believe in the resurrection and the Gospel accounts.” In previous generations, young people could live with this inconsistency, he said, but with an increasingly secular and atheistic public education system – where some 90 percent of church-going youth are trained – today’s youth find it hard to see a connection between what they are taught in church and what they learn at school.

  • The watered-down gospel is not only impacting youth through Sunday School, but also adults through compromised truth from the pulpit.

Bill Clinton: U.S. no longer Dominated by Christians and Jews

Former President Bill Clinton has told an Arab-American audience of 1,000 people that the U.S. is no longer just a black-white country, nor a country that is dominated by Christians and a powerful Jewish minority In a speech to the group on Saturday, Clinton said that given the growing numbers of Muslims, Hindus and other religious groups here,  Americans should be mindful of the nation’s changing demographics, which led to the election of Barack Obama as president. Clinton said by 2050 the U.S. will no longer have a majority of people with European heritage and that in an interdependent world “this is a very positive thing.”

  • And thus are false gods raised above the One True God, the primary objective of the globalists and New World Order folks.

Jeremiah Wright’s anti-Semitic Comments Draw Ire

A leading Christian Zionist says if President Obama wants to be consistent in his condemnation of anti-Semitism, he should speak out against the latest anti-Semitic rant by his former pastor, Jeremiah Wright. Pastor Wright told the Daily Press of Newport News, Virginia, on Tuesday that “them Jews” were keeping him from speaking to President Obama. He also criticized the president for not sending a U.S. delegation to the World Conference on Racism, saying Obama chose not to for fear of offending Jews and Israel. Pro-Israel activist Gary Bauer, who serves on the executive board of Christians United for Israel, says Wright’s comments were yet another jarring reminder that he is an “open, unrepentant anti-Semite of the worst kind.” Although the White House would not comment on Wright’s incendiary remarks, including his claim that Zionists were carrying out “ethnic cleansing” in Gaza, Bauer says President Obama needs to be asked how much of his Mideast policy was formulated by the two decades of teaching he received from Wright.

  • Although Obama left the church during his campaign for the presidency, he did so only because of political expediency. He was a member who sat for years through such preaching/teaching and never objected to all kinds of inflammatory, anti-Biblical rantings.

Obama wants New Cuts in Federal Health Spending

President Obama is seeking to help pay for his health care plan by sharply reducing the government’s medical spending, mainly by trimming payments to prescription drugmakers, hospitals and other care providers. His ambitions are thick but the details thin; the president and his aides said specific ways for achieving the cuts will be decided later. The negotiations could trigger fierce political battles between powerful industries trying to protect their profits. Overhauling the nation’s health care system is one of Obama’s biggest ambitions, and lawmakers are working on a variety of plans. A top goal is to reduce costs in the government’s largest medical programs, Medicare and Medicaid, which cover millions of elderly and low-income Americans and involve thousands of doctors, hospitals, nursing homes and other institutions. Obama’s plans would provide $948 billion over a decade in savings and/or tax increases to help cover the millions of Americans who lack medical insurance and to slow the rate of soaring health care costs.

The American Medical Association, the largest U.S. doctors group, is wary of President Barack Obama’s call for a public health insurance plan. It doesn’t want government meddling in their jobs. But these days, most U.S. doctors aren’t members of the group, and just how much that body can sway Obama’s health reform efforts will be a test of its once mighty clout. Representing barely one-fourth of U.S. physicians, it’s tough to call the AMA the true mouthpiece of American medicine. However, it still spends large sums of money on efforts to shape health policy in one of the few industrialized countries without nationalized health care.

The largest medical insurers and drug companies spent 41% more on lobbying this year as Congress began debate on an overhaul of health care, which may include a public insurance plan the industries oppose. Despite an overall decline in lobbyist spending this year, a USA TODAY review of disclosure reports found 20 of the largest health insurance and drug companies and their trade groups spent nearly $35 million in the first quarter of 2009, up more than $10 million from the same period last year.

  • Who do you trust more, the government, the AMA, insurance or drug companies? Let’s put our trust in God instead.

80% Oppose Health Care for Illegals

An overwhelming 80 percent of U.S. voters oppose proposals for government-backed health-care plans for illegal immigrants, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll released Friday. That compares to only 11 percent who think providing illegal workers with a government health-care plan is a good idea. The strong opposition to health-care coverage for illegals, is based on a national poll of 1,000 likely voters. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, over 10 million illegal immigrants in the United States lack health insurance. That’s about 22 percent of the 46 million people in America who are without insurance. Excluding the illegal alien issue, American voters continue to strongly favor the idea that all legal Americans should have quality health-care coverage. Sixty-five percent say that every American should have access to quality health care. Only 22 percent disagree.

3 Gitmo Detainees Sent to Saudi Arabia

U.S. officials say three Guantanamo Bay detainees have been sent home to Saudi Arabia. The Justice Department say the trio will be subject to judicial review in Saudi Arabia before they participate in a rehabilitation program administered by the Saudi government. ith the latest transfer, the U.S. has removed 10 detainees from Guantanamo in the past week, sending four to Bermuda, one to Chad, one to Iraq, and one to face trial in New York City. That leaves 229 detainees still at the U.S. military detention center in Cuba.

The European Union agreed on Monday to help the administration of President Obama “turn the page” on Guantanamo, saying individual EU nations will take detainees from the American prison in Cuba. It did not name the countries or how many detainees would be resettled across the 27-nation bloc, but that Washington was ready to pay toward the costs of their resettlement. The United States seeks a home for those cleared for release from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility without trial but who cannot go to their own country for fear of ill-treatment. About 50 detainees left on Guantanamo fall in that category. At one point there were 778 detainees at Guantanamo. The first arrived in early 2002 as the United States widened its global war on terror after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against New York and Washington.

Economic News

Vice President Biden said Sunday that “everyone guessed wrong” on the impact of the economic stimulus, but he defended the administration’s spending designed to combat rising joblessness. Biden said inaccuracies in unemployment predictions shouldn’t undercut the White House’s support of the $787 billion economic revival plan that has not met expectations. “The bottom line is that jobs are being created that would not have been there before,” Biden said. But they are not coming at the pace first estimated.

Consumer sentiment rose only slightly in June, remaining at a low level, according to a report Friday by the University of Michigan and Reuters. The consumer sentiment index rose to 69 in mid-June from 68.7 in May, the latest survey showed. The index hit a 28-year low 55.3 in November, and has averaged 88.2 the past 10 years. However, future expectations fell to 65.4 from 69.4. Friday’s report indicates higher prices for gasoline and continued job losses are dampening optimism about consumers’ present circumstances.

School districts across the nation are facing similar financial crunches, but many have avoided painful layoffs with the help of federal stimulus funds. California, however, is mired in a budget crisis and, despite the influx of federal money, is still moving to lay off thousands. The National Education Association estimates that some 34,000 teaching jobs will be eliminated this year. California — with Los Angeles Unified in the lead — faces the largest loss of nearly 18,000 teachers. The city’s schools have roughly 40,000 teachers. Some inner-city middle and high schools could lose up to 40% of their teachers.

The amusement park company Six Flags is seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, saying it needs to reorganize and shed $1.8 billion of debt. The move won’t affect the operation of its 20 theme parks in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. Six Flags says it actually had a great year in 2008. It saw 25 million visitors and posted record revenues. But executives are trying to lighten a $2.4 billion debt load that they say is unsustainable.

Netanyahu Calls for Creation of Limited Palestinian State

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu endorsed the idea of establishing an independent Palestinian state beside Israel for the first time on Sunday, dramatically reversing himself in the face of U.S. pressure but attaching conditions the Palestinians swiftly rejected. A week after President Obama’s address to the Muslim world, Netanyahu said the Palestinian state would also have to recognize Israel as the Jewish state — essentially saying Palestinian refugees must give up the goal of returning to Israel. “Netanyahu’s speech closed the door to permanent status negotiations,” senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat said. “We ask the world not to be fooled by his use of the term Palestinian state because he qualified it. He declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel, said refugees would not be negotiated and that settlements would remain.”

  • How long will it be before it is recognized that the Islamic world will not rest until Israel is completely and permanently eliminated?

Iran Declares Ahmadinejad Winner

Iran’s supreme leader ordered Monday an investigation into allegations of election fraud, marking a stunning turnaround by the country’s most powerful figure and offering hope to opposition forces who have waged street clashes to protest the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. State television quoted Ayatollah Ali Khamenei directing a high-level clerical panel, the Guardian Council, to look into charges by pro-reform candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, who has said he is the rightful winner of Friday’s presidential election. Election results must be authorized by the council, composed of clerics closely allied with the unelected supreme leader. All three of Ahmadinejad’s challengers in the election — Mousavi and two others — have made public allegations of fraud after results showed the president winning by a 2-to-1 margin.

The results touched off three days of clashes — the worst unrest in Tehran in a decade. Protesters set fires and battled anti-riot police, including a clash overnight at Tehran University after 3,000 students gathered to oppose the election results. Security forces also have struck back with targeted arrests of pro-reform activists and blocks on text messaging and pro-Mousavi Web sites used to rally his supporters.

The apparent re-election of hardline Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad underscores the growing threat posed by Tehran and its nuclear ambitions, two senior Israeli politicians said Saturday, urging the world not to engage in dialogue with Iran. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has argued that Iran’s nuclear ambitions, not Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians, should occupy the world’s attention. Friction has been growing between Israel and the U.S. over Netanyahu’s refusal to endorse the idea of Palestinian statehood and a settlement freeze, as sought by the Obama administration.

N. Korea Says it will ‘Weaponize’ its Plutonium

The U.N. Security Council has imposed tough new sanctions on North Korea, punishing the country for its second nuclear test. Pyongyang responded to the resolution Saturday by vowing to “weaponize” all its plutonium and will consider any blockade “an act of war.” The Security Council agreed Friday to expand an arms embargo and authorize ship searches on the high seas, with the goal of derailing the isolated nation’s nuclear and missile programs. North Korea responded with a defiant statement and its Foreign Ministry also acknowledged for the first time that the country has a uranium enrichment program, and insisted it will never abandon its nuclear ambitions. Uranium and plutonium can be used to make atomic bombs. In a sign of growing global anger at North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons in defiance of the council, the North’s closest allies Russia and China joined Western powers and nations from every region in unanimously approving the sanctions resolution.

The Obama administration said Friday it is prepared to confront ships believed to be carrying contraband materials to North Korea but will not try to forcibly board them, in accordance with new U.N. sanctions. White House officials said they expect North Korea to act “irresponsibly” to the sanctions. Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said U.S. officials would seek permission to board such ships to inspect them. If they refuse, she said, the United States will try to work with the ship’s home nation “and others to direct that vessel to an appropriate port for the mandatory inspection” outlined in the U.N. sanctions. North Korea’s communist regime responded by warning of a nuclear war on the Korean peninsula.

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