Many millennials proclaim to know Christ, but do they really know the Jesus of the Bible?
You see, instead of using the Bible as the sole authority for their lives, many millennials are turning towards New Age practices like astrology for guidance on how to live.
And once you hear the beliefs of the next generation, you’re bound to be compelled more than ever to pray for their true salvation.
Despite a decaying culture, some adults assume the current generation is more spiritually-sound than generations of the past.
After all, with current technology, the Bible is accessible with the quick download of an app, not to mention the countless ways teens have access to sermons online.
But the truth is, while 40-percent of adults over the age of 55 still classify themselves as born-again Christians, only 16-percent of millennials fall into this camp.
Never before in our lifetime has the gap been so wide.
But why such a stark gap in true faith between generations?
To start, many young adults believe they can just pick the “best parts” of all faiths and create their own religion.
Instead of following the Jesus of the Bible, many millennials acknowledge He “exists” – but then also claim to believe in other worldly practices like karma and astrology.
This syncretism has gained steam and many people are being led astray by falsely assuming they’re saved when they aren’t.
But just how bad is it?
A recent study at the Cultural Research Center (CRC) at Arizona Christian University reported startling results in their 2021 American Worldview Inventory.
CRC’s report stated:
“The research, which is the third release in CRC’s American Worldview Inventory 2021, found that millennials (ages 18 to 36), when compared with the older generation (55 and over), are significantly less likely to hold to traditional biblically-based teachings, including the nature of God, “original sin”, salvation, creation, life after death, human purpose and biblical morality.
On the other hand, millennials were significantly more likely than older Americans to believe in horoscopes, Karma, evolution, and reincarnation. They also hold to the beliefs that success is defined by personal happiness, owning property fosters economic inequality, abortions and pre-marital sex are okay, and getting even with others is defensible.”
As the Bible warns us, Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.
Many millennials think it’s okay to dabble in the occult world and still claim to know Jesus.
Others simply claim He doesn’t exist – not realizing that their lack of belief impacts where they’ll spend eternity.
Of course, in a culture that tells teens to live in the moment and put themselves first, it’s not surprising that upholding traditional Christian values is seen as “oppressive.”
But as every born-again Christian knows, to be a Christian is to lay down one’s life for others –and ultimately for Christ.
It is only when we die to ourselves that we can truly be born again.
While we all can get wrapped up in living our own lives, we must remember to pray fervently for the future generations to know Him in a mighty way.
These millennials will be the ones going forward to hold positions of authority and leadership in the world – and without a solid foundation to stand upon, they’re likely to make worldly choices like advocating for more abortions or voting to remove God’s name from the public square.
Let’s take a moment and pray right now for their salvation.
Father God, we know this world is dark and the deceiver seeks to lead generations away from the truth of Your Word.
Lord, please intercede and have Your truth reign, breaking through webs of deceit and exposing the lies of the enemy.
Instead of turning to New Age practices for answers, may the future generations grow to know and fear You, with a hunger to study and meditate on Your Word.
For Your Word is life and will satisfy our weary souls.
Give us strength to raise the next generation with Godly values and for us to be an example of what life dedicated to You looks like.
May You reach out to each of their hearts and let them know You are real, and You love them.
We pray all of this in Jesus’ name, Amen.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” — John 3:16-17
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