Just three months ago, I told you about a new frightening trend in an article called “Teaching Kids About God is Child Abuse.” In it I outlined that this is becoming the new mantra of the atheist-left. I warned that we as Christians need to be on alert and watch for this mindset to increase. (Read the Article here.) I didn’t realize danger would increase so quickly to the general public. Just last week an article came out online website called “Christian Today” with the headline “CHILDREN’S CHRISTIAN MINISTRY CALLED ‘PSYCHOLOGICALLY HARMFUL TO CHILDREN‘.” It seems the well-known Christian nonprofit, Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF), is facing opposition in Portland, OR as it seeks to bring youth to Christ. According to Christian Today, the group’s “Good News Club” is being called “psychologically harmful to children” by a newly formed coalition – Protect Portland Children. They wrote:
The Good News Club is a youth ministry in which children are taught about sin, Jesus, and holiness through engaging songs, games, and Bible stories. On its website, CEF states that “the purpose of Good News Club is to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and establish (disciple) them in the Word of God and in a local church for Christian living.” Critics of CEF and the Good News Club say the program teaches fundamentalist beliefs to children, and encourages fear, judgment, and divisiveness in youth. Attorney and blogger Eric Ceynar wrote on his “Intrinsic Dignity” blog that the Club uses shame and fear indoctrination, thought control, attacks on science education, authoritarian conditioning, and deceptive marketing to negatively influence students. To read the full article by Christian Today, click here.
“Rather than giving because it’s the right thing to do, these charities give aid in exchange for religious conversion. One such group is Operation Christmas Child, an evangelical organization that provides gifts to children — with the goal of converting each child to Christianity….These boxes of toys are essentially bribes used to pressure poor children living in developing countries to convert to Christianity. And Operation Christmas Child isn’t shy about their efforts, bragging about the thousands of kids they’ve converted.”
“Evangelism or ‘proselytizing’ (most dictionaries define them interchangeably) is taking place all around us all the time, and for the most part we have no problem with it. As Elmer Thiessen points out in his fine book The Ethics of Evangelism, ‘We seem to feel no embarrassment about the proselytizing going on in the commercial domain. We accept the proselytizing inherent in advertising. We are not embarrassed with the huge billboards cluttering our freeways, whose purpose is to convert us in matters ranging from brushing our teeth with Colgate to putting our investments in banks that make huge profits by exploiting the ordinary citizen…. The average citizen in the United States is exposed to more than 3,000