WF YM: Teach A Correct Biblical Worldview

Dr. Christian Smith, backed up by the research from the National Study of Youth and Religion, defines the worldview of today’s youth as Moralistic Therapeutic Deism. Moralistic Therapeutic Deism defined is: there’s a God who created the world, but that God is not particularly involved in my way of life. I live my own life apart from God except when I have problems. Then I can call upon God to come solve those problems for me. Moral Therapeutic Deism asserts that people should be good which basically means not being a jerk.

God is something like a divine butler or cosmic therapist who is there to meet your needs but doesn’t get too personally involved with you and certainly is not demanding. Religion’s main benefit is that is applies therapeutic satisfaction, that it meets therapeutic needs. This is a faith that saves from. It saves them from their problems. This is a faith which can be left behind by a decision. This is a faith that if you adhere to this and this and this all the way through to number 999, you are set.

There is a lot wrong with this worldview as you can see. Since the youth are coming to church, take the opportunity to teach the correct Biblical worldview. This is imperative.


The Barna Group’s August 2005 report discovered that only five percent of adult Americans have a correct Biblical worldview. Five percent of adults! Teaching this to teens is imperative.


A good definition of a Biblical worldview which has been defined by George Barna is: “A biblical worldview was defined as believing that absolute moral truths exist; that such truth is defined by the Bible; and firm belief in six specific religious views. Those views were that Jesus Christ lived a sinless life; God is the all powerful and all knowing Creator of the universe and He stills rules it today; salvation is a gift from God and cannot be earned; Satan is real; a Christian has a responsibility to share their faith in Christ with other people; and the Bible is accurate in all of its teachings.” (“Only Half Of Protestant Pastors Have A Biblical Worldview,” January 12, 2004)

Remember that youth are coming to church expecting to be taught things about God and church.