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Teens into the supernatural, pious parents losing control

Can we do the happy dance now? All witches, watch out for the AmTaliban; I don’t think burnings at the stake are beyond these folks.

George Barna’s research group interviewed more than 4,000 teens about their exposure, through the media and otherwise, to the “supernatural world” — and the findings should be enough to send shivers down Christian parents’ spines.

Three nationwide studies conducted by The Barna Group indicate, for example, that three of four teens (73 percent) have “engaged in at least one type of psychic or witchcraft-related activity” beyond that contained in the media; only a minority of teens believes that horoscopes are not accurate and should be avoided; and only 28 percent of churched teens recall receiving any teaching at their church over the last year that affected their views on the supernatural world.

David Kinnaman, author of the report and vice president at The Barna Group, says churches need to do more to help teens become wiser consumers of media — and to train them how to integrate scriptural perspectives into their decision-making. Teens’ comfort and familiarity with today’s technology and media-driven tools, says Kinnaman, enable them to accomplish their choice of spiritual goals — “But millions of teens,” he says, “are precariously close to simply shelving the Christian faith as irrelevant, uninspiring, and ‘just a phase.'” He adds: “The supernatural world represents the epicenter of the spiritual struggle for their hearts and minds.”

The research group has compiled the results from the three studies into a report — Ministry to Mosaics: Teens and the Supernatural –designed as an aid to help youth workers, pastors, and parents understand and respond to the spiritual needs of America’s youth. The “Mosaic generation,” explains the Barna website, consists of those Americans currently age 3 to 21.

I think this supernatural trend dovetails nicely with the Homosexual Agenda,TM exponentially increasing the level of destruction of the faith-based family — more than we could have ever imagined. I’m still waiting for my decoder ring for all my hard work though…

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