[anzac] RAISING YOUTH to BE FOCUSED on "SELF"?

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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Fri, 19 Nov 2010 10:05:00 +1300
RAISING YOUTH to BE FOCUSED on "SELF"?

HAS THIS HELPED the DECEPTION?
-by A. Brother.

Why do these thousands of young people (and even some older)
flock to these men and women?

Simple–but overlooked.

This generation has been raised on complete “self-focus”. It is all
about feeling good, all about self. These movements all share one
thing in common. It is all about "Us" at the center. They are not
worshiping God, they are worshiping at the shrine of self-fulfillment
and practicing the same religion as those who are addicted to
alcohol, drugs, or sex.

When I speak with our younger generation, this is what comes
across all the time–their need and desire to fulfill all their dreams
and goals and inner urges.

Why are we surprised, brethren, when most of us were raised in
selfishness? When we were taught that worship is for us – to make
us feel good. Our self- focused worship is what I experienced
growing up as a young man in pentecostal churches. We began
the practices, and now this self-absorbed generation, which we
raised!–is off seeking even more and higher levels of addiction to
feelings! Why are we surprised?

And when they come out of the other side of the churches–the high
liturgy group–they have the same urge. They see these movements
as a “happy pill” that will deliver them from dead religion.

The Scripture tells us that religion, in all its forms, whether the
“ecstasy movements” such as the eastern mystics practice, where
they seek higher levels of consciousness–in other words, they focus
again on “self” – or the esoteric brands, which by self-denial focus
again on self (and Paul warns us about these), is dead and
worthless and of no account to the Kingdom of God and Christ...
It has been our groundlaying of self-focused religious fervor that has
enabled this generation to seek these terrible, satanic routes to
personal ecstasy.

Let’s remember, though, that Christ is all for His people. He gives
us joy in our trials, and strength and power by His Spirit to live,
not through our worship experiences, but through His presence.
He is with us at all times, not just when we “feel good”.

[QUESTION: Could this incredible "self" focus be something that
only a "Great Depression" might cure?]

-Please comment on this issue at the website below-

http://www.johnthebaptisttv.com/