The impressionable ones
I have heard this fact mentioned many a time in sermons that I have watched and it seems as if no one can find a solution, but I am not surprised because it is simply that the young people are actually using their brains. If there is one thing you have to say about the heathens, then it has to be that they take their spare time very seriously. They are under the same curse as everyone, which is that they have to work to survive, but they will make sure that their weekends and holidays are spent as efficiently as possible. While church people will treat their time in the congregation as a joke, but will then also be as efficient as the heathen, once they leave the church (which you can't). The young people are then hanging around, watching what is going on with the older members and can plainly see that the church members take the heathen parts of their life more seriously than the church parts. The vast majority of young people in a church will usually be there because of their family. When they are under 18, they will mostly follow the ones who are supplying their food, but you can see that church is not the most exciting place that they could be in, because of how grumpy they look. The majority of them will then disappear when they reach 18, if they have worked out how to get their own food, to see what seemingly exciting things that the Devil has waiting in the world for them.
The older people will make no attempt to convince them to stay, but will have the usual excuse ready, which is that the young people will not listen to them. It is hardly a surprise that the young people do not listen, because the older members seem to spend most of their time doing nothing useful in the church, so why would a young person want to listen to someone who just seems to be sitting down, talking about things not relating to their God and singing most of the time. You would be amazed at how difficult it is to have a half decent conversation with an average church member and their lack of interest, in talking about the things of God, is legendary as well. It is rare for me to be near some church members talking, while hearing them talking excitedly about what God has done and is going to do. Because the young people are hearing similar kinds of conversations, they will get the impression that God is boring and the heathen things of the world are exciting, with most of them then following where this impression leads them.
The real Salvation Army (you wish)
When I go into the office of a client, I will hear them discussing business related matters and you can see how seriously they take these things, while I will not usually hear things being discussed anywhere near as seriously in the church, with some people even getting upset if you try to take things seriously, as if it is important that the things of God stay as a joke. Whenever I bring up certain subjects with pastors that I know, they seem to be very quick to come up with excuses for why no progress is being made in their church, but heathen businessmen will not accept many excuses when no progress is being made, so I don't see why they would expect God to accept their excuses. So the young people will then go to work and see how serious their employers are, while they will see how un-serious the church members are, which will then make it seem as if they have to take the heathen more seriously than God. This situation is also not helped by how weak parents have become, because the parents in a lot of churches seem to have lost the ability to discipline their children, with the children not then showing any respect to the other adults in the church. When the child grows up and then tries to get a job, they will then finally find out that the employers will not give them a job, if they don't show the proper respect, so it is the heathen job that finally gives them discipline, which then reinforces the fact that the heathens seem to be the serious ones.
When the angels are doing anything for God, you can see how seriously they take it, which shows that God's discipline is second to none. The armies of the world know how to train their soldiers properly, so that they will carry out their missions in an efficient manner. We can see that the Apostle Paul was a soldier and therefore trained soldiers in II Timothy 2:3-5 which says "Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully." and we see here that Paul expects the people that he trains to be in a war, so it should be no problem for church members to be at least as disciplined as the people in the heathens armies. If they were this disciplined, then the young people would see this and also want to join in with the subsequent battles that the church members will fight. I even experienced this a bit when I helped a church out with some evangelism and I ended up being followed around by one of the young men that seemed to have learning difficulties. At the end of the mission he had a chance to tell the congregation what he thought and he said that he hoped the evangelism session could happen every Sabbath, which surprised me, because I did not realise how seriously he was taking what we were doing. This makes it obvious that some young people are willing to help out the church with any missions that the members have to go on, but they will have no chance if the older members are too lazy to go out and do anything for God or their neighbours.
Young fighters of old
We can see how the young people did help out in the Bible in II Samuel 1:13-16 which says "And David said unto the young man that told him, Whence art thou? And he answered, I am the son of a stranger, an Amalekite. And David said unto him, How wast thou not afraid to stretch forth thine hand to destroy the LORD'S anointed? And David called one of the young men, and said, Go near, and fall upon him. And he smote him that he died. And David said unto him, Thy blood be upon thy head; for thy mouth hath testified against thee, saying, I have slain the LORD'S anointed." and also in II Samuel 4:8-12 which says "And they brought the head of Ish–bosheth unto David to Hebron, and said to the king, Behold the head of Ish–bosheth the son of Saul thine enemy, which sought thy life; and the LORD hath avenged my lord the king this day of Saul, and of his seed. And David answered Rechab and Baanah his brother, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, and said unto them, As the LORD liveth, who hath redeemed my soul out of all adversity, When one told me, saying, Behold, Saul is dead, thinking to have brought good tidings, I took hold of him, and slew him in Ziklag, who thought that I would have given him a reward for his tidings: How much more, when wicked men have slain a righteous person in his own house upon his bed? shall I not therefore now require his blood of your hand, and take you away from the earth? And David commanded his young men, and they slew them, and cut off their hands and their feet, and hanged them up over the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ish–bosheth, and buried it in the sepulchre of Abner in Hebron." and also in II Samuel 18:14-17 which says "Then said Joab, I may not tarry thus with thee. And he took three darts in his hand, and thrust them through the heart of Absalom, while he was yet alive in the midst of the oak. And ten young men that bare Joab's armour compassed about and smote Absalom, and slew him. And Joab blew the trumpet, and the people returned from pursuing after Israel: for Joab held back the people. And they took Absalom, and cast him into a great pit in the wood, and laid a very great heap of stones upon him: and all Israel fled every one to his tent." and finally in Acts 5:5-11 which says "And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him. And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in. And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much. Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out. Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband. And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things." and we see in these scriptures that the young men were being put to good use, while joining in with even the most serious things that the men were doing. It also seems as if the young men who were with Peter, were not bored with helping him, even though the action was not anywhere near as intense as with the young men that King David and Joab were dealing with. With the young men having a serious role to play, they will also treat the young women in a serious way as well, which will help to damp down the rebellious nature that some of them seem to have today.
Return of the destroyed
There is one other problem that the church has with young people and that is that it only tends to be the destroyed ones that return after the world has chewed them up and then spit them out. These destroyed older young people will be ok with the fakeness now, because they now understand that the world is also fake, so they will be ok with just joining in with what the members of the fake church are doing, while also ignoring what God is saying in the Bible, like everyone else. This then means that the modern Christian church will mostly consist of grumpy eighteen and under's, along with not so grumpy, but destroyed, older young people, who are mostly just doing their own thing and wasting time.
So it looks as if the young people are in trouble, but what are they going to do? The older members don't care and seem to be fine with the young people just burning, as long as they do not disturb them, while they are on their way to the flames. If I have the chance, then I will not be leaving the young people to the flames, but it seems to be a very difficult thing, to find anyone who is interested in giving their help to prevent this from happening.
Minister of doom
I was also speaking to an older Deacon, who goes to a church that I visit, about what he was doing to help the young people and he came up with a classic excuse that I have heard before, which is to quote I John 2:14 and then expect the young men to do everything by themselves, while the older people sing songs, listen to a preacher and then go home to relax in front of their television sets. A point then came when he was laughing a few times, in a way that you could tell that he was getting the drugs, so I decided to read to him Luke 6:25 which says "Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep." and then asked him what he thought it meant, to which he replied in a way that implied that the first part of the verse had to be merged with the second part, so that it was not talking about all people who laugh. I have to admit that I was surprised at how quick he was to destroy that verse, so that he wouldn't have to be convicted, so I then read to him verse 24. His reply was that it meant what it said, which showed that he had no problem with making something up, if it interfered with his enjoyment of this life, but didn't have to make anything up when it affected someone else. With him dodging having to help the young people and being quick to fix the Bible, if it goes against him, it seems obvious that the young people cannot expect to get much help, from a church full of people that are like him. This seems to solidify the fact that the solution has to come from somewhere else, rather than the modern Christian church.