"United we stand, divided we fall."
Greek slave & fable author (620 BC – 560 BC)
Taken by Deb
"Divided" is a documentary written by Scott Brown’s son-in-law, Peter Bradrick, as indicated in the credits. Philip Leclerc goes on a journey to discover why a purported two-thirds of young people are leaving the church. He interviews a variety of Christian leaders and slowly builds his case that the solution to this tragic problem can be found in the family-integrated church model. Folks, it's just that simple…
Early in the video Leclerc attends a Christian rock concert with flashing lights, blaring music, and fanatical teens. He explains that this experience opened his eyes to how worldliness has crept into Christianity. Leclerc responds with these scripted words:
“I think we all know my generation needs to abandon the world and play to Christ, but yet here I see no distinction between worldliness and Christianity. It occurred to me if the church is allowing worldliness in here and calling it Christian, how can I trust the church not allowing the brokenness of the world in elsewhere and calling it Christian?"
In the next clip, we see Ken Ham, founder and president of Answers in Genesis, validating Leclerc's position as follows: “I see an emphasis on music and entertainment, but no real emphasis on Bible teaching, and if the Bible is taught at all it’s usually for a very short time.”
Leclerc then makes a stunning pronouncement — “What came as a sort of shock to me was that in the process of interviewing local teens, I found that almost every kid I spoke to rejected the belief of a young earth as stated in Genesis.”
Rejected? That's a pejorative term! No wonder kids are falling away from the faith — they don't embrace young earth creationism… Leclerc interviews various young people – all of whom are male by the way – and asks them if they believe in a young earth or an old earth. Here is a sampling of responses:
“It’s obviously millions of years old, billions of years old.”
“Millions of years. The Bible is figurative language. It’s not literal.”
“I don’t think the Bible cares to answer that question.”
Ken Ham responds to the above quote with these words: “That’s one of the questions of this day. But you know what we tend to do in our churches, our Sunday School and with our kids, oh don’t worry about that, but trust in Jesus.”
Then a young man affirms his faith by stating: “Whether or not it was created literally in six days or across millions of years, Jesus still died on the cross for me.”
This CAREFULLY SCRIPTED dialogue., concludes with Ham responding to objections often given regarding a young earth..
Ken Ham: “But see we need to worry about that because that’s a question if we can’t answer, it shows the next generation that we just have this blind faith and we really don’t believe this book and it’s not history anyway."
A young Christian man (wearing his baseball cap backwards): “Mature Christ followers disagree on this topic, you know. They’re all Bible believing Christians but you can disagree on this topic. Some believe it was made in six days and others believe it was God-directed evolution over millions of years.”
Ken Ham: “If you can’t trust this part of the Bible here at the beginning and you’re told you can use man’s ideas to re-interpret this, we don’t have to take it as written, well wait a minute what about the rest of the Bible? Why are you telling me to take that as authoritative? “
Dear readers, we must not take Scripture where it does not go. Old earth creationists DO take the Bible as written and absolutely believe in its authority, despite what Ken Ham would have you believe. Ham is being intentionally deceptive in his remark. Christians are divided on the issue of a young earth vs. an old earth, and it is WRONG to make this a salvific issue. Ken Ham and his ilk are extreme LITERALISTS who are causing great harm in the body of Christ. For those who may doubt this, take a look at this article in Christianity Today explaining how Ken Ham was barred from a Christian homeschooling conference last March.
Creation Museum Founder Disinvited from Homeschooling Conferences
“Ken Ham, founder and president of Answers in Genesis, was disinvited from several homeschooling conferences after he criticized a fellow speaker at two Great Homeschool Conventions conferences and on his blog.
"The Board believes that Ken's public criticism of the convention itself and other speakers at our convention require him to surrender the spiritual privilege of addressing our homeschool audience," wrote Great Homeschool Conventions conference organizer Brennan Dean in the email dismissing Ham.
"Our expression of sacrifice and extraordinary kindness towards Ken and AIG has been returned to us and our attendees with Ken publicly attacking our conventions and other speakers," Dean wrote. "Our Board believes Ken's comments to be unnecessary, ungodly, and mean-spirited statements that are divisive at best and defamatory at worst."
Great Homeschool Conventions, which aims to teach and encourage homeschooling parents, hired Ham to present at four conferences this spring and summer, along with Peter Enns, a senior fellow of biblical studies at the BioLogos Foundation.”
Ken Ham has come here from Australia and built a cottage industry based on the extra-biblical belief of young earth creationism. Homeschoolers who ascribe to Vision Forum beliefs support the Creation Museum, which features baby dinosaurs frolicking alongside little children. Back in October we featured a post here at TWW called The Flintstone Doctrine. In it I mentioned receiving a post card from a homeschooling conference at which Ham would be speaking. Llittle did I know that these conference leaders would ban Ham less than five months later. In case you missed it, here is how we ended that October post:
The Flintstone Doctrine
– The heavens and earth were created in 6 literal 24-hour days.
– Yom must only be interpreted as a literal, 24-hour day although it has around 58 meanings.
– The earth is six thousand years old. (Radical Young Earthers may stretch the age of the earth to a whopping 10,000 years old!)
– Death of animals is a moral equivalent of death of men. Therefore, animals couldn’t die until Adam let sin enter the world.
– All dating methods are flawed and are off by billions of years.
– If the flood didn't screw up the fossil record, Satan probably planted the fossil evidence.
– God created the universe to look old. Despite the obvious, God is not trying to trick us.
– All science research done by YE is true. All scientific research done by anyone else is part of a vast conspiracy to suppress the truth.
– Christians who are part of the scientific establishment are doing it for money and tenure and are sell-outs and cowards. They know that YE is true and are actively involved in deceiving their Christian community.
– Dinosaurs boarded Noah’s Ark two by two and survived the flood.
– Dinosaurs played with children while mom did the dishes (See example in creation museum)
– Prior to the fall, all carnivorous dinosaurs were herbivores, even though God created them with GYNORMOUS teeth.-
– Wives are strictly “helpmeets” to their husbands. They must role model Mrs. Ham who is not only submissive, but very, very submissive. When dinosaurs roamed the earth (prior to their extinction) they may have been domesticated to help with household chores (aka the Dino theory).
– Men are not merely men but patriarchs.
– One is a heretic and most likely not a Christian unless all criteria above are met.
– All evolutionists are atheists. Therefore, Francis Collins is not a Christian no matter what he says.
And if you believe The Flinstone Doctrine, we have a cave in Bedrock to sell you which comes with your very own Dino!!!
Oh look! In just a few short weeks Al Mohler will be speaking at the Answer for Pastors Conference hosted by Answer in Genesis. Is this an example of the phenomenon "Birds of a feather flock together"?
Back to the review of "Divided"… Leclerc makes it appear that he is legitimately searching for answers as he travels around the country interviewing experts, attending conferences for youth leaders, speaking with youth pastors, etc. One youth pastor, whose appearance and voice are disguised, shares his tremendous concerns about youth falling away from the faith and the flawed youth ministry model. The concept of Sunday school even comes under attack in the video because it is never mentioned in the Bible! Neither is the Trinity for that matter…
After the frightening problem of church youth drop-outs has been thoroughly assessed, Leclerc turns to the experts. You know, the brilliant men who hold the key to saving Christendom from certain doom. They are Scott Brown, Doug Phillips, R.C. Sproul, Jr., Voddie Bauchman, among other lesser known patriarchs. These so-called 'experts', who ascribe to a very specific agenda with regard to homeschooling, gender roles, creationism, etc., put forth their ideas to Leclerc. Sorry to disappoint, but I'm not going to bother with their strategy other than to say that they all support the family-integrated church model. What they have to share is even more propagandized that the segment with Ken Ham (if you can imagine that). In case you have the stomach for it, watch the video Divided for yourself.
If you do take the time to watch the video, you have an opportunity to see my old stomping grounds when I was in college. Leclerc and his crew did some of the filming on Duke University's East Campus, which features Georgian (not Gothic) architecture. There are quick shots of the campus early in the video and toward the end. In fact, if you pause the video at the 51 min., 15 sec. mark, you will see the East Campus library where I worked part-time and my dorm which is located to the left of the library. I am well-aware of the fact that college can have a corrupting influence on some students, but certainly not all. I am truly grateful that my parents invested in my college education. Had it not been for the wonderful training I received as an English major at Duke, you likely would not be reading anything written by me in the blogosphere.
In conclusion, Leclerc’s business mentor Tryg Jacobson, interviewed in the video, attempts to defend this project; however, he unwittingly divulges the serious problem with Divided by stating:
“The fastest way to break trust is to promise something real and then deliver something fake.”
This is a propagandized video if ever there was one. "Divided" reveals a group of controlling and divisive men who are the polar opposites of Michael Moore. In fact, Moore had nothing on these modern-day patriarchs.
Tomorrow we will feature a thought-provoking comment about FICs written by one of our commenters as well as advice from a pastor on how to handle FIC proponents who put pressure on pastors and congregations to conform to their ideology.
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