The problem has reached a frightening level. In Already Gone, written by Ken Ham, Britt Beemer, and Todd Hillard, the authors make the case, based upon extensive interviews, that seven out of ten young people raised in evangelical Christian homes make the choice to leave church once they enter college or the work force. Of those seven who leave, only two will return at some point in the future. That means that fully half of teens raised in Christian homes and church are lost every year, never to return! The most common reason cited was that when they entered a college or university classroom, for the first time they were provided with facts as opposed to the Bible lessons they had been taught which were little more than cute stories with a moral element. Aesops' Fables with a Biblical spin.
Unfortunately, they are right. The level of teaching and preaching that occurs in so many churches is pitifully lacking in Biblical substance. Christians are not being taught Biblical doctrine, and they are not being taught that the principles and commandments in God’s Word are Truth—with a deliberate capital ‘T’—; that they are the Creator’s own instruction for life as it is to be lived; and, which is so important to the pragmatic mind of today, it “works.” ("Doctrine" is a word that seems to frighten many Christians. It shouldn't. Doctrine is nothing more than what the Bible teaches.) Not only are so many teachers in churches not qualified to teach the Bible except on the most basic level, many ministers are guilty of delivering messages devoid of any real depth or instruction. The knowledgeable, well-taught Christian is perfectly capable of holding his own against the onslaught of false information we are constantly being force fed. As David stated in Psalm 119:97-100, “Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day. You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies; for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers, for Your testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep Your precepts.” The problem is there are so many Christians who are neither knowledgeable nor well-taught, and that means they are easy prey for Satan's falsehoods.
What is lacking in so many Christians is a thoroughly Christian mind. We must learn to see and understand this world from God’s perspective. But such a mind can never be gained from the thin gruel offered up by so many Christian preachers and teachers, nor can it be obtained from a three minute daily devotional—and that is something many Christians don’t even do. Many Christians never open their Bibles unless it's in church, and many of them don't even do that. I’m not saying it's necessary for Christians to become Bible scholars—the Lord doesn’t intend that—but each of us ought to be well-grounded in its principles and precepts. The Bible teaches us how the world was created, thus laying the foundation for God's ownership and authority. It provides thorough information on everything from marriage to business practices to interaction with other people to how to be good citizens. But we can't we live what we don’t know. As Shakespeare's Hamlet put it, "Ay, there's the rub." I understand the complaint of those people who argue that they finally were given facts by their college professors. The shame is that their preachers and teachers ought to have given them the Biblical facts, instilling in them a solid working knowledge of the Bible, but they obviously failed to do so. And that failure continues.