For those concerned about the spiritual state of Christian churches, we need to examine the gospel which is being presented. Is it the gospel of the Bible, the gospel that points hearers to the absolute holiness of God, the depravity and rebellion of man, the substitutionary atonement of Christ, the call for repentance and faith in Christ alone?
A false gospel is far too prevalent in our churches. It is the “gospel” of a “kinder, gentler” God who needs for you to like him so he can bless you. It teaches that we have done bad things but God still loves us if we will but give our hearts to him. That the Lord Jesus took upon himself the wrath of God in the place of believing sinners is taught too rarely. Though certainly no evangelical, H. Richard Niebuhr criticized the churches of his day: “A God without wrath brought men without sin into a kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a cross.” Unfortunately, things are no better, in the United States at least, a half-century later.
The video below is indicative of the false gospel so many children are hearing. Watch and weep.
For a better understanding of evangelizing children, see “Childhood Conversion,” by Jim Eliff.