“Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.”—2 John 1:9
Awana and Kids’ EE: Teaching children how to give a false testimony
Recently, a nearby Awana Club used Unit 6 of Kids’ Evangelism Explosion curriculum to “help” their 4th through 6th graders (T & T), learn to give their “testimony.” The instruction sheets seem to teach children to give a “testimony” based around asking James Kennedy’s two questions: Do you know for sure that you are going to be with God in Heaven?; If God were to ask you, “Why should I let you into My Heaven?” what would you say?
The instruction sheets DO NOT teach children to tell about how Jesus Christ rescues us from sin and death by his sacrifice and shed blood on the cross, and His Resurrection. Instead, they teach a false gospel which sounds spiritual, but trivializes Jesus sacrifice by ignoring the cross, and focuses on experience, NOT God’s Word. To me the seriousness of this false instruction is multiplied because:
1. It is “reteaching” unsuspecting Christians, a “right” way to teach children what is really a false gospel.
2. It is teaching a false gospel (a lie) to children who are believers, subtly saying that what they did believe is wrong.
3. It is teaching these children who are believers, to teach their friends and others this false gospel.
4. Often, parents aren’t even aware of that this is what their children are being taught.
Words or phrases not allowed to be a part of the “testimony”
Don’t use: Christian, Saved, Washed with the blood, Born again, Delivered, Conversion, Savior.
Don’t say, “I asked Jesus into my heart” or I received Jesus as my Savior.”
Create a desire
Your testimony is a special, true story about yourself; The goal is to create a desire in them to want to hear more; Remember your testimony is like bait when you’re fishing. If a fish gets full on too much bait, it won’t bite your hook…
Our testimony is about Jesus and what He did for us and can be found in God’s Word, which He does not hide from us, nor bait us trying to creating a desire in us by telling us only a little of what we need to know of the Truth.
“Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”
“But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me.”
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”—Romans 10:17
Eternal Life replaces Jesus’ death on the cross
World’s Problems vs. God’s Benefits
In this convoluted testimony, the whole focus is “eternal life”, which is treated like the source, the goal, and provider of benefits, rather than the Lord Jesus Christ, who IS the ONE who gives eternal life and saves us from the bondage of sin. Instead of the children learning they are sinners and can be forgiven and have freedom from sin because of Jesus’ sacrifice, they are taught that they NEED “Eternal Life” which will give benefits from God.
God does not play a game with people, nor does He substitute “eternal life” for Jesus’s sacrifice for sins, enticing unsaved people with experiences of “benefits” of eternal life. It is NOT eternal life that changes me; it is my wonderful Saviour and God, the Lord Jesus Christ that loved me even when I was a sinner.
Where is the concept of World’s Problems vs. God’s Benefits in the Bible? What is this supposed to mean? The real problem is my sin vs. God’s holiness. Biblically, we turn from our own sin, to Jesus Christ, our Saviour and God, then we understand God’s benefits, but our focus is still God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, NOT the benefits!
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”—Romans 1:16
“I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”—Luke 5:32
“For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation…”
—2 Corinthians 7:10
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”—Romans 6:23