Sunday, January 9, 2011


It seems to be happening more and more. The ties in families are being broken. There is a separation between grandchildren and grandparents, and even between older children and their older parents. More and more, the grandchildren are not Christians, and, it is breaking the hearts of the grandparents. Thank the Lord that this is not 100% but it is an epidemic, especially between Christian grandparents and those coming up behind them.

   It is like a grand canyon of separation. The grandchildren know less about Christ and about salvation. They are influenced by the culture, by liberal churches they may attend, and by the skepticism they are hearing in college. While there may be a multitude of additional factors, one of the most obvious seems to be "separation" of how the grand kids were raised, and the separation they experience from the influence of the grandparents. Too, the children of Christian parents apparently did not receive a strong Christian raising, either at home or in a good church. Older parents seem to have taken for granted the Christian influence their children received. Their Christianity was not something that came along automatically. Christianity has to be lived and nurtured, and if not, many children coming up in a Christian environment were expected to become believers "automatically." And of course, it does not happen that way.

   Without a doubt, there is a wall of separation between the older and the younger generation. TV and computer technology are also playing a part. And outright liberalism is impacting the younger generation that the older generation does not understand. Thank the Lord, this is not happening to all families but is happening enough to cause us to grieve and be terribly concerned!

   Statistics are proving this point. More and more those claiming to be believers in the younger generation are shrinking in numbers. This is part of the prophesied apostasy—it is here already and it is sweeping away a whole generation of those who are younger! "The Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away ("will themselves stand away"--apostatize) from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons ..." (1 Tim. 4:1).   --   Dr. Mal Couch (1/11)