A Pastor Reviews “Already Gone”

August 13, 2009

[The following review is by Kyle McDanell, pastor of Goshen Bible Church in Kentucky.]

Recently a representative from Answers in Genesis came to our county and gave a series of talks on creation, evolution and culture. The three talks were very good and I especially enjoyed, and learned a lot from, the talk on fossils. At the mini-conference someone picked up Ken Ham (founder of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum) and Britt Beamer’s new book called, “Already Gone: Why Your Kids Will Quit Church And What You Can Do to Stop It.” The book is centered on a poll taken of a thousand young people who left the church after high school and seeks to give the reasons why and how the church can fight against this growing trend.

The truth is, a far majority of students that grow up or are involved at some point in their teenage years end up leaving the church after high school. The statistics the book reports are at times surprising. For example, the survey suggests that there is a great percentage of students that grew up attending Sunday School who end up leaving the church than those who only attended the worship service. This is rather shocking to say the least!

The authors see the integrity and authority of God to be under attack in our culture today. And I believe they are right. Their perspective is the attack made on Genesis and the creation account. The authors rightly point out that churches have more than willingly obliged to the attacks made on Scripture without defending God’s Word. As a result, the Bible is presented as a book of stories rather than history, truth, and authority. As a result, our students learn stories, but do not learn truth. It is tempting to say that just because one doubts the historicity of Noah’s Ark or the creation account doesn’t mean that one can’t be a good Christian. It is possible, certainly. But the slippery slide one finds themselves on is very dangerous. If God’s Word can’t be trusted in Genesis (or anywhere else for that matter) then why should we trust it regarding everything else?

Overall, this is a good book that should challenge us all. The authors point out that the answer to keeping our young people is not changing the music or dressing differently, but to share the gospel and preach God’s Word unashamedly. They are right in saying that we live in a post-Christian culture and we need to learn how to reach such a culture.

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