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Dec 13, 2016

There are three growing religious views held by Christian youth that are not backed by the Bible and are causing them harm, according to the American Family Association.
“Studies are continuing to confirm that vast swaths of church-going kids know very little about their Christian faith,” Ed Vitagliano, AFA’s executive vice president, said on the organization’s website on Monday.

“Instead, American Christianity has devolved into what two sociologists called ‘moralistic therapeutic deism.'”

Vitagliano pointed to the work of Christian Smith and Melinda Lundquist Denton, two sociologists who in 2005 were working at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and released a book titledSoul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers.

Vitagliano described the book — which is said to be among the most detailed studies on teenagers and religion ever undertaken — as a “bombshell” on the evangelical community at the time, as it discovered that youth were failing to grasp some core Christian concepts.

Vitagliano compiled a list based on the study of the top three misleading beliefs that Christian youths hold today.

The first belief was described as “Moralistic,” as in Christian teens believing that faith is “essentially related to mere human goodness.”

“Any authentic Bible-believing Christian, however, knows that goodness is neither an inherent human trait nor, even if it was, is it sufficient for a saving relationship with God,” Vitagliano said.

The second incorrect understanding was called “Therapeutic.”

“Somewhere along the line, church-going kids have missed the point about the Christian faith. Rather than it being a relationship with God by which a disciple is joined to Christ, follows Him, and becomes more and more like Him, the modern, younger evangelical has this view of religion: ‘It makes me feel happy,'” he explained.

“In other words, Christianity — or more properly ‘church-ianity’ — is a religious form of therapy,” it added.
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