This is a response to a blog entry warning youth leaders of the Assembly of God to watch out for me and my videos.
It’s called “Why The Kids in Your Assembly of God Youth Group May Not Really Be Saved” by David Shedlock and can be found here:
“he proselytizes not for his youth group or the Lord, but his most cherished belief: his atheism.”
Wrong: my most cherished *value* (not belief), is the pursuit of the truth, no matter what it is. That is what I am trying to promote with my videos.
“Here are eight fatal flaws in E3’s view of salvation.”
These “eight fatal flaws” are ludicrous. Why? Because you aren’t criticizing anything I *did* say about my Christian life. You are criticizing me for what I *didn’t* say. Your criticism rests on the assumption that just because I didn’t mention these beliefs, I didn’t have them.
In reality, I believed in every single doctrine on sin, repentance, and salvation you mentioned. I just didn’t mention these beliefs in the series because I didn’t know that I needed to. I assumed that since I SAID I was a Pentecostal Christian in the Assemblies of God, it would be pretty obvious that I believed in the basic tenets of repentance and salvation that all evangelical Christians believe in.
I didn’t know I had to lay it out for you that, yes, I obviously believed the basic doctrine of salvation from sin by the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross as told by the Gospel message that any 8 year old in the Assemblies of God could tell you about. I was trying to show the depth of my relationship with God beyond these basic tenets of salvation by focusing on the stories about speaking in tongues and my personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
I have heard the Gospel message repeated hundreds of times throughout my life and so have most Americans. If you really think that you can brush away the very real problems with the Christian belief system by ignoring them and repeating the Gospel message one more time, you are mistaken.
You are right: your churches will become empty. Because the strategy of repeating the Gospel message over and over again to a society that already knows it by heart is empty and robotic. It’s like stubbornly using a hammer over and over again when what you need is a screwdriver. It is the wrong tool for the job. It’s tired, it’s overused, and it’s not convincing.
What our society needs is honesty. What our society needs is a real pursuit of the truth. What our society needs is real solutions. Regurgitating a dogma conceived by humans thousands of years ago in Iron Age Palestine is not what we need.