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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Are Children Called To Preach?


I rather see a child soldier than a child preacher...WOW! that's a comment I read on a message board.
 Children are amazing imitators of adults they want  love, attention, and affirmation....now I have never bought into the idea of children being preachers....There's something about it that don't jive with me....Take the kids in the video..... Do they understand the serious doctrines and theologies they’re shouting about?Is  it possible to preach with  authority if you haven't  experience anything? Don't those who  preach to others must first preach to themselves?  (Ro. 2:21; 1 Cor. 9:27). I don't believe a child who hasn’t developed critical thinking nor been educated can preach the true word of God.....now what's most recognizable in the video  are the styles of preaching and  the content of what they are saying....to me they are saying absolutely nothing..... Do  you think children can teach Bible lessons that don’t conform to the beliefs of their own church or group? Can a child out line a sermon? I doubt it...What do you think about children preaching?

13 comments:

CareyCarey said...

Hello Ann, I think you said it all for me. Nope, nope, and nope again. I'm not going to go over what you said, because all of it made perfect since to me.

Child preachers are nothing more than cloned imitations of those that have gone through the storm.

"to me they are saying absolutely nothing..... Do you think children can teach Bible lessons that don’t conform to the beliefs of their own church or group? Can a child out line a sermon? I doubt it...What do you think about children preaching?


There it is!

What leaves the heart will find anothers. Consequently, I doubt if I will feel the convictions and knowledge coming from a child that for the most part, has not experienced life. And, as you said, they are still under the influence of their parents, which is an issue, in and of itself.

BLUEBUTTERFLY said...

Interesting topic. Many adults who preach are merely speaking their own wisdom and using emotionalism. James 3, I believe, has a standard for all who would claim to speak in God’s name. The tongue is not a toy. Preaching has little to do with age and everything to do with being called, sent, guided by God and producing good fruit. Godly counsel is important for all preachers. Every young and great leader in the Bible had that. Samuel was called by God very early, but trained and guided by Eli. Those who are putting young preachers out as entertainment, as an oddity or as a joke don’t understand the seriousness of God’s word.

How will they preach unless they are sent? - Romans 10:15

The Lord replied, "Don't say, 'I'm too young,' for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. - Jeremiah 1:7

Even children are known by the way they act, whether their conduct is pure, and whether it is right. - Proverbs 20:11

Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. - 1 Timothy 4:12

GrannyStandingforTruth said...

First and foremost I'd like to give praise to the Most High God, the God of all the earth, the Fountains of Living Water, for He is my bread of life. Hallelujah! Glory to God!

Are Children Called to Preach? Is the question. Well...I guess if God can give a mule a word to speak, he can give a child one too. For example Jeremiah was a child when he called him:

"Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,"

"Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations."

"Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child."

"But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak."

The word says, "Many are called but few are chosen."

Nevertheless, there are some children that are good mimics of what they see. However, a good shepherd who is watching over his sheep with good spiritually tuned eyes and ears wouldn't let a child mimicking entertain his flock. Jesus is not the entertainment business. A good shepherd prevents that from happening.


Man's intellect has nothing to do with it. Our ancestors couldn't read or write. They were illiterate. Yet and still, they were people who were strong believers with strong faith. They were humble, praying people with spiritual power, and full of love. People use to come from miles around for my great-grandmother to pray for them. They said when she prayed you could feel the spirit and the anointing of her prayers. She loved the Lord with all her heart, soul, and mind and was obedient.

"For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."

"Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual."

"But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."

"But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man."

CareyCarey said...

Hi Granny, first, I want others to know that you and I have had conversations by e-mail. So, I didn't want my disagreement with some of your comments to be seen as a personal attack.

Anyway, I couldn't let your words lay out there without questioning some of them.

"Well...I guess if God can give a mule a word to speak, he can give a child one too"

Okay, a word to speak is not preaching to a church. Lets get that straight.

"Man's intellect has nothing to do with it. Our ancestors couldn't read or write. They were illiterate. Yet and still, they were people who were strong believers with strong faith"


Again, the issue is not about the average church goer, it's about children preaching the word. And, you can not say every ancestor was illiterate. Who's ancestors, when and where? And, we are not talking about faith nor humbleness. So, staying with the core of this post, intelligence has a lot to do with this. More importantly,intelligence and maturity go hand in hand. Can a 9 year old child lead you out of your storms? Would you follow a child?

Lastly, for the life of me, I don't know what you were trying to imply with your last 5 quotes?

jjbrock said...

@Carey thanks for the comment... Preaching is effectively teaching the message of the Bible...For me the kids in the clip are not doing that.

@BLUEBUTTERFLY thanks for your comment...""Preaching has little to do with age and everything to do with being called, sent, guided by God and producing good fruit""
That's what I was getting at with the post....The kids in the clip have not been prepared to preach the Gospel.

@Hello!Granny how's it going and thanks for the comment...Granny you know that I know that God can and will use any thing that He has made for His purpose....Granny I beleive that preaching must be based on the Bible and the kids in the clip was not preaching from Scripture.

Preaching deals with God’s Word it has a note of authority about it. A preacher is an ambassador through whom God makes his appeal.

Authority doesn’t mean an
authoritarian manner....It does mean he speaks knowing that as he is faithful to the Scripture the authority of God belongs to what he says.

So he doesn’t apologise for what God has said. He speaks with a certainty and confidence. But he knows the authority is in the message, not in him.

@Carey me and Granny go along way back...We cool!!

GrannyStandingforTruth said...

Hi Carey and Ann:

No offense taken. Btw, I do know the difference between giving a word, preaching, and teaching. :) Forgive me, but I am not as talented as you are in expressing what I am trying to say in written form. But I tries the best I know how with the little education I have. :)

The reason I used the mule and Jeremiah as an example is because if God can give a mule a word, couldn't He also give him an anointing to preach?
I truly believe that nothing is impossible with God and that He can do anything but fail.

Did you see what I said here:

"Nevertheless, there are some children that are good mimics of what they see. However, a good shepherd who is watching over his sheep with good spiritually tuned eyes and ears wouldn't let a child mimicking entertain his flock."

I'm not disagreeing or agreeing with the question asked in this topic because I don't know who God might call and choose. People back in the biblical days probably didn't think he would call Paul either. Again, I am just using that Paul as an example. Nevertheless, I don't disagree or agree and can't say one way or the other who God would call.

The word of God is not intellectual it is spiritual. That's what I'm referring to.

Cop said...

Can a child preach?
I will answer with a few questions of my own.

Can a child teach about the temptations of adultry lust, having never had those emotion yet?

Can they instruct people who have lost their life savings, having no concept on the value of a dollar?

Can they relate to people who have had to deal with things on their own, having never lived on their own themselves?

Even Jesus(THE SON OF GOD)didn't start his ministry until he was an adult.

Can a child give you a revalation, short instruction? Sure, but to preach and teach IN A CHURCH FULL OF ADULTS, I would have to ask if all the adults in the church were so un-read of the Bible that an elementry child had to teach them?

Just my thoughts,I could be wrong

Jackie said...

Is there a difference in being a minister and a preacher? A lot goes into being a minister; calling, education, in care experience, ordination, communicating the Word etc etc. A huge responsibility.
Children can preach, and many may actually feel what they're saying, but most (IMO) are simply performing. It is a spectacle to behold, that's for sure. But when you consider the source is a child, there can be no effective teaching behind it, like Anne said.

Anonymous said...

I would say yes. Jesus was found in the church at 12 being about his Father's David began around 16. Point is God will use anyone he please to do what needs to be done. A guy my older sister went 2 school with started at about 7 and now he's in his mid to late 20's still preaching powerful words. Yea, I think some or put out there 4 show but I do believe there are real ones out there. Im only 21 but have grown so much in Christ and love to stay in the Word. I've learned how to just pray for people instead of judging them. God bless!

Anonymous said...

And thx BlueButterfly, U gave all the striptures for me :)

Jackie said...

Is there a difference in being a minister and a preacher? A lot goes into being a minister; calling, education, in care experience, ordination, communicating the Word etc etc. A huge responsibility.
Children can preach, and many may actually feel what they're saying, but most (IMO) are simply performing. It is a spectacle to behold, that's for sure. But when you consider the source is a child, there can be no effective teaching behind it, like Anne said.

Anonymous said...

Amen! You said it for me!

Anonymous said...

When Jesus was 12 years of age he was teaching and having Godly conversations with Preachers and Priest. Even though he didn't start his full ministry until he was a adult, he started from somewhere.