The decline in church membership is a well-known phenomenon — one which is often mentioned by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. See, for example: Ken Ham: Everybody’s Leaving His Church!
Hambo attributes this to the Satanic doctrine of evolution, and in his mind, if it were universally rejected, the churches would be once again filled with people who believe The Truth™. He just posted this at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry: Tips to Convince Your Pastor Your Church Needs ABC.
What’s “ABC”? You’re about to find out. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Research has shown that two-thirds of young people in US churches are walking away from the church by the time they reach college age, with very few returning. [Gasp!] Why? Our own carefully conducted nationwide research shows clearly that it’s largely because of a lack of apologetics teaching, which leads to doubting God’s Word and the Christian faith in the face of secular attacks.
Aha — not enough churches are teaching things Hambo’s way. He says:
Now we have a unique Sunday school curriculum, Answers Bible Curriculum [link omitted], that’s designed to combat this!
And that’s what “ABC” means. He tells us:
But sometimes it’s difficult to convince pastors and other Christian leaders to make the switch to ABC. Often it’s because most of them have never thought through the exodus of our youth in this way. They recognize many young people are leaving the church, but they don’t have their finger on the problem. Until a pastor recognizes that the key issue is a lack of faith-affirming apologetics and biblical authority teaching, ABC is just another curriculum to them, so why bother switching? Sadly, many church leaders think they need to increase entertainment programs. Instead, they need good solid Bible teaching, including creation and biblical apologetics.
Those preachers are fools! They probably belong to denominations that aren’t hostile to science — see the National Center for Science Education’s list of Statements from Religious Organizations that support evolution. Hambo imagines that those denominations are destined for the Lake of Fire unless they wake up and do things his way. He continues:
If you would like to see your church switch to using ABC [Who wouldn’t?], you need to help your pastor and other leaders see the need for the curriculum.
Hambo wants his drooling followers to teach their wayward preachers how things should be done. He explains:
To help your pastor and other leaders see the need for this curriculum, consider doing the following:
He lists several things the droolers can do — such as loading their preachers up with Hambo’s publications. He also suggests:
Gift tickets to the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter, so they can come and visit both attractions for themselves.
Yeah, that should do the trick! He ends with this:
Any, or all, of these things, may help your church leadership understand the need for ABC and how it can have a dramatic impact on the church and future generations.
Will Hambo’s advice fill the churches? Maybe not. According to Wikipedia’s article on Young Earth creationism:
Since the mid-20th century, young Earth creationists — starting with Henry Morris (1918–2006) — have devised and promoted a pseudoscientific explanation called “creation science” as a basis for a religious belief in a supernatural, geologically recent creation.
We could be wrong, but it seems to us that much of the decline in church membership Hambo complains about coincides with the rise of his brand of religion. In other words, he and others like him may be the cause of the problem, not the cure. What do you think, dear reader?
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