Category Archives: Youth Ministry

Missions, Mysticism and Magic-A Closer Look at the Missionary Organization ADVENTURES IN MISSIONS

(UPDATE 20 September 2016- An article has been shared with us concerning this subject. You may read it by clicking HERE.)

The Spirit expressly states that in the acharit-hayamim (the last days) some people will apostatize from the faith by paying attention to deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come from the hypocrisy of liars whose own consciences have been burned, as if with a red-hot branding iron.
1 Timothy 4:1,2

Moreover, understand this: in the acharit-hayamim (the last days) will come trying times. People will be self-loving, money-loving, proud, arrogant, insulting, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, uncontrolled, brutal, hateful of good, traitorous, headstrong, swollen with conceit, loving pleasure rather than God, as they retain the outer form of religion but deny its power.Stay away from these people! For some of them worm their way into homes and get control of weak-willed women who are heaped with sins and swayed by various impulses, who are always learning but never able to come to full knowledge of the truth.
2 Timothy 3:1-7

Over the course of the last 30 years, in my calling as a preacher, teacher, apologist and radio broadcaster, I have unfortunately been a witness to the growing and alarming trends of false doctrines that have permeated the Church. Few instances have been as sad and shocking as those that seem to focus on young people. Whether it been the Emergent Church, the Seeker-Driven or the Purpose Driven, the enemy’s mission is to kill steal and destroy, and he is concentrating his greatest weapons it seems on those who are young of year and of faith.

I was somewhat familiar with the ministry Adventures in Mission but it wasn’t until I read Missions, Mysticism and Magic by Claris Van Kuiken that I learned of the incredible dangerous scope of AIM’s efforts.

In this book Claris has layed out for us all a clear and concise portrait of what I would describe as the diabolical works of AIM to lead astray youth worldwide, and to do so under the guise of Christians missions, when in reality the organizations methods and motives are more consistent with that of a cult.

Claris skillfully and accurately exposes Adventures in Missions, which under careful Scriptural examination, is clearly steeped in Eastern Mysticism, New Age philosophy, Emergent philosophy, contemplative spirituality and even the occult.

In this book you will learn of AIM’s promotion of such false teachings as holy laughter, “listening prayer”, as well as condoning such heretical movements as The Latter Rain, The Third Wave and other Charismatic-Neopentecostal movements.

Clarish does an extremely thorough and detailed examination of AIM, its founder Seth Barnes and the organizations tools and methods.

The Word of God tells us that the enemy is amazingly deceptive and we must study and pray to be able to discern the truth from a lie. Sadly in today’s society, and indeed in today’s Christian church, young people are, in large degree, illiterate in even the very basic foundations of the faith, let alone in deeper areas of theology and doctrine.

I agree with Claris that Adventures in Mission is a very deceptive and dangerous enterprise; that’s its mission and ministry is to intentionally propagate to an unsuspecting and spiritually, and scripturally, ignorant generation.

Jude 3 says we are to “earnestly contend for the faith once delivered to the saints.” Missions, Mysticism and Magic calls us to study, prayer and action, and is in my opinion an extremely valuable resource to educate ourselves and others of the truth of the Gospel. I highly recommend this book to all who love, cherish and stand for the Truth.

Youth Culture Idolatry in Worship

We have produced radio programs on the subject of youth ministry and our concerns over it, whether it’s even scriptural or not and had a great interview with Dr. Voddie Baucham back in July 2008 (Click here to listen to that program.)

Eryn Sun at wrote this great article on the subject.

Many churches today have become too obsessed with youth culture, idolizing whatever is new, fresh, and cutting edge, particularly in the area of worship.

Concerned that a kind of “celebrity culture” was permeating into worship, detracting from Christ and his vision for the church, three experienced worship leaders came together on The Gospel Coalition to talk about the implications of the growing phenomenon and address ways that the church could challenge those idolatries.

“I see congregations where there is such an attachment to all of the entrapments of youth in America and this fundamental belief that we’re not going to get old or that we can be both old and young at the same time,” Isaac Wardell, the worship director of Trinity Presbyterian Church, shared.

Churches are stuck in a mentality that worship had to constantly be newer, fresher, and the next best thing, oftentimes losing focus on the message of the Gospel as a result.

The idolatries with youth culture, which has led to the selection of young, hip and extremely talented worship leaders, inevitably cause many congregants to feel inadequate as well, discouraging them from using their gifts because they do not feel they “looked, dressed, or sounded the part.”

“It has nothing to do with a local congregation,” Mike Cosper, the pastor of worship and arts at Sojourn Community Church, noted. “It has everything to do with this machine that’s being driven in there.”

Read the entire article….

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The Contemporary Church’s Toll on Today’s Youth

A wonderful re-post from

Quoting a parent’s letter….. 

“My husband grew up a Catholic and I, a Lutheran. Before we married we each came to salvation in different evangelical churches in the early 1980’s. After many years of bringing our children up in these types of churches, my husband and I began to question various practices. I wasn’t comfortable with my children in the youth groups being “taught [exclusively] by others” and where there was a tendency to focus more on “fun”, than on the Bible. I also didn’t understand why the basic biblical truths I learned as a child were not being taught. So, eventually, I began to teach these things to my younger children at home during our homeschool time. But, all the while, my husband and I struggled with the fact that there was no real doctrine or theology being taught in these churches, only a lot of hype and emotion.

Thus began a long quest for truth. We have come (now) to recognize first hand – the danger in the contemporary church that a lack of good teaching creates. We see the evidence in the youth culture that is being brought up in these modern churches.

Our oldest child of six, a son, 23, knew the Bible stories well. He was very involved in church, youth group, and went to a Christian School. He went on retreats, mission trips and to church events like “Acquire the Fire”. We thought he understood the Scriptures. Yet, it turns out that he has now bought into the youth culture, and is very confused about the things of God. To the point that . . . he has fallen away from Christianity! Unfortunately, we didn’t teach and reinforce the basics with him at home as much as we should have, (which we are now doing with the rest of our children).

We see the damage done, first hand, by our “lukewarmness” and by a modern “church” that has no roots and continues to walk parallel with the world in the “name” of “winning souls”! “

From:  Family Worship video series from
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The Centrality of the Home — Voddie Baucham

from Shane Trammel’s Blog

This is a powerful plea to see the biblical precedent to raise godly homes in our day. Voddie Baucham preaches to a group of more than 1,000 pastors and church leaders gathered for the Southern Baptists of Texas State Evangelism Conference in the Dallas Metroplex. No one was ready for what happened next.

Download the MP3 here.

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The Purpose Driven Life: Driving our Youth Away

Source: Pastor Ken Silva, Apprising Ministries 

Right now we have a very foggy and fuzzy scene of “postmodern” secularism looming in front of teenage America, muddied even further as it is by the new cult of liberal theology of the Emergent Church attempting to pose as true Christianity. As this apostasy grows and more churches are infiltrated by the spiritually bankrupt church growth ideas of men like Rick Warren, it’s little wonder to the discerning eye it appears obvious that we are driving our youth away from Christ on purpose.

Read the entire article….

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YOUTH WATCH!!-Baucham says contemporary youth ministry has failed

Dr. Voddie Baucham Jr. told me today on The Mike Corley Program that he will no longer accept invitations for youth ministry events as he cannot justify particIpating in an effort that has no biblical model.

Dr. Baucham, a Southern Baptist pastor, teacher, author and professor has written several articles on his website and was gracious enough to come on our radio program to elaborate on his comments.

Listen to the interview here:

Voddie Baucham Interview January 25, 2007

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Dr. Voddie Baucham, Jr. , evangelist, professor and theologian, will be a special guest on The Mike Corley Program Monday January 22nd. Dr. Baucham will discuss his decision not to accept any invitations to youth events, and the three key problems he see in youth ministry today and the solutions.

Voddie Baucham on The Mike Corley Program, Monday January 22 at 12 noon central.

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