We know it distresses you, dear reader, to learn about something that has upset Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. He’s famed for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG), and for the mind-boggling Creation Museum.
A holy, all-knowing man like Hambo should be in a continuous state of spiritual ecstasy. Nevertheless, our duty is to report what we learned at ol’ Hambo’s website. He just posted Surprised, Shocked, and Saddened over Statistics on Twenty-Somethings. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
If I told you the following statistics about a certain group of people, who would you guess I’m talking about?
• Over 40% say they are not born again.
• 35% declare the Bible has errors (or they don’t know if it has errors).
• Close to 90% attend or attended public school.
• Over 45% say that Sunday school did not teach them to defend their faith.
• 45% say homosexual behavior is not a sin, or they don’t know if it is a sin.
• 40% believe “gay couples” should be allowed to “marry” and have legal rights.
• 20% say there are books (other than the Bible) that are inspired by God.
• 65% believe that if you are a good person you will go to heaven.
Egad — what a horrible bunch of statistics! What contemptible group of people would say such things? Hambo explains:
Would you be surprised to learn that this nationwide research was conducted with people in their 20s?
Gasp! How can this be? Let’s read on:
And would it shock you even more to discover that these same people regularly attend our churches today (at least three times a month)?
Oh no! This is horrible! Hambo continues:
Then you should be saddened to realize that these millennials in our churches (those born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s) are largely biblically illiterate, and they are going to fundamentally change the church and culture if their beliefs continue to take hold.
This is an outrage! Here’s more:
At the end of 2014, we commissioned America’s Research Group (ARG) to analyze the state of the 20s age group (and also the 40s) in our churches in the USA, and what we discovered was shocking (and I believe it reflects the state of the church in the Western world in general). The survey’s results greatly sadden me.
It’s no wonder Hambo is saddened. Those people will never be customers for Hambo’s creation museum or his “life size” replica of the Ark! Moving along:
Our research also conclusively showed that the issue of the age of the Earth/universe was one of the major factors that has caused this generation in American churches to doubt that the Bible can be trusted.
It’s all because of those wretched Darwinists and their millions of years! Another excerpt:
Aren’t you as deeply troubled and tremendously burdened as I am when you read these sad statistics about the millennials who attend our churches? Looking at this 20s age group in our churches today, we need to recognize that the future leaders of society will come out of this group. The spiritual state of these young adults provides a glimpse into the future of America!
And it’s a truly frightening glimpse. What’s to be done about this abominable situation? The remaining half of Hambo’s post discusses three books he wrote. You can click over there to read that for yourself. Here’s how the article ends:
I challenge parents (particularly dads) to take the leadership in their children’s education and recognize what needs to be done to help the children God has entrusted to them to build a biblical worldview.
We know that you all join with your Curmudgeon in wishing Hambo well in his great task.
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