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How can church reach young people? Stop being hypocrites, says Land

Charlie Butts   (OneNewsNow.com) Thursday, April 24, 2014

Dr. Richard Land is issuing a challenge to bring America back to the Bible. 

Barna Research did a study for the American Bible Society on use of the Bible, finding that 56 percent believe it to be the inerrant word of God, while 19 percent read it on a regular basis, and an equal amount are antagonistic toward it.

Bible closeup (Book of Genesis)

Most in the latter category are younger people.

Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary, believes one answer to re-engage young people is to convince the 56 percent to read the Bible then obey its teachings.

"That's a majority of Americans," Land points out. "I think if the Millennials saw the Bible, and the teachings of the Bible, making more of a difference in their parents' and their grandparents' lives, they might be more prone to take it seriously."

Otherwise they are saying, Do what I say and not what I do, which Land says the younger generation is not buying.

Land, Dr. Richard (SBC, ERLC)

"Well, listen, you let the gospel loose, you let the Bible loose and it'll make a difference," the seminary president says.

"Part of the problem," he continues, "is that too many people in the baby boom generation quoted the Bible by the yard and lived it by the inch, and the Millenials and the Gen-Xers have noticed the hypocrisy."

Land adds that parents are the biggest influence on their children whether they are willing to admit it or not. 

OneNewsNow reported on the Barna numbers in greater detail in a recent story. 

- See more at: http://onenewsnow.com/culture/2014/04/24/how-can-church-reach-young...

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