Those critical of CEF’s teaching cite that the Christian organization does not teach “Jesus loves you”, mainstream Christianity. One particular critic of CEF’s teaching is Chuck Currie, a United Church of Christ minister. In his blog, Currie writes that Child Evangelism’s message is a “far right understanding of the Christian faith outside the mainstream of even many traditional, conservative, evangelical churches.” The minister continues, citing that CEF’s message is not the universal understanding of the Christian faith; their tactics resemble those of a cult and are apt to cause mental health issues in children. Currie suggests that mental health professionals should investigate CEF’s activities before being allowing into public school facilities.
I humbly disagree with Chuck Currie. Children are sinners the same as adults (Romans 3:23). They need a Savior. The gospel is the same for both child and adult. Children need to hear about their sinful condition so that when they understand their sinfulness, they may rest in the love of Jesus Christ. The point at which a child understands that he or she has broken God’s laws and stand condemned is different for each individual. Therefore, the earlier children hear the true gospel of Jesus Christ, the better.
Jesus never manipulated people into believing in Him. He lovingly told them of their sin and offered forgiveness through Himself. If Jesus simply told people about His love, people would have never come to Him for cleansing from sin. If people did not realize their sinfulness, they would have never turned to Jesus for relief from sin.
Removing the truth of personal sin distorts the gospel of Jesus. The apostle Paul warns against teaching another gospel other than the true gospel (Galatians 1:8). Children can handle more than what we credit to them. God’s word blesses and does not harm. Children need to hear the truth which includes the reality of their sin and of their need for Jesus Christ.
- Randy Weddle