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Billy Graham: Why young Christians abandon faith later in life

Apr 10 '16 | By La Afrique Media | Views: 101 | Comments: 0

Rev. Billy Graham has revealed the reason why some young Christians abandon their faith later on in life, and also gave parents tips on how to raise their children in a godly way.

On Tuesday, Rev. Billy Graham responded to a question posted on The Kansas City Star by a woman who overheard a man in an adjacent restaurant table discussing his family. The young man said they were very religious during his younger years, but later on, all of them have abandoned their faith.

(REUTERS / Billy Graham Evangelistic Association / Handout via Reuters)Billy Graham is pictured during a celebration for his 95th birthday in Asheville, North Carolina, in this November 7, 2013 handout photo provided by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

The 97-year-old American evangelist pointed out two main reasons why Christian children lose their faith in God and abandon their church. The first one is shallow faith. He emphasized the importance of the tandem between faith and commitment.

The second reason for abandoning God is that they do not realize that their faith and relationship with God need time and effort in order to grow. Graham quoted Luke 8:13 from the Bible and said some people's faith are easily shaken during difficult times.

"Like the seed in one of Jesus' parables, a plant with no roots eventually withers and dies — and the same is true of faith," Graham writes.

Life's various distractions can also play a role in young Christian's loss of faith. Friends and other priorities may crowd out their time for God during their adult years. Others may simply have given in to peer pressure, or have been hanging out with people who do not think about God.

"Still others conclude that faith simply has no place in an intelligent adult's life," Graham adds.

The pastor said children are still capable of understanding God's love and Jesus' sacrifice and gift for them. However, they need to realize that they need to invite Jesus to come into their lives and give their commitment to Him, the evangelical leader said.

At the end of his response to the woman's question, Rev. Billy Graham encouraged adults to pray that Christian children will continue a life committed to God and grow through church fellowship. He told the woman that although she may never see the young man she overheard in the restaurant, but she can pray that he will surrender his life to Jesus.

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