Book Review – Do Not Hinder Them

I had the opportunity to review Justin Peters new book addressing childhood conversions, Do Not Hinder Them: A Biblical Examination of Childhood Conversion.

The book is brief, only 100 plus pages or so, but it is a concise, withering analysis as to why youth are leaving church and drifting away from the Christian faith.

The so-called youth experts on social media want us to believe it is because Christian kids lack the training in the basic apologetics to answer skeptics they will encounter at college. Or perhaps they don’t feel connected to church. In reality, as Peters’s explains, it is because kids have been led to pray a prayer of confession at an early age, and then rushed through the waters of baptism. Often times, the baptism of kids is for the purpose of bolstering numbers for the local church so they in turn can report those figures to the denominational headquarters.

The result is a kid who never really understood the Gospel message, who then prays a rehearsed prayer of confession given to him by his parents and youth pastor, and him becoming essentially a false convert. When he leaves home, he leaves the Christian faith because he never had genuine faith to begin with.

I would highly recommend parents, youth directors, and pastors to read this book and ponder the study Peters provides within it’s pages. My full review can be found over at the Bible Thumping Wingnut page,

Do Not Hinder Them – A Review

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5 thoughts on “Book Review – Do Not Hinder Them

  1. Sounds interesting! I was just thinking,we have some adults like that, too. Rushed through the ritual,not really understanding the gospel message.

  2. Fred–don’t you think this is also tied to Arminian theology? I had a Pastor at a SBC church who handled most Scripture well (although his take on predestination would make your head spin), but was certainly Arminian with regard to salvation. He used the ‘standard’ invitation and sinner’s prayer you’ve discussed, especially for VBS and funerals. It included the awful misuse of Revelation 3:20. Any time I hear this verse used like this, I get this visual of ‘poor’ Jesus standing in front of a door wringing His hands. You know, He’s done all He can, now it’s up to you. Our VBS always included this, the raised hands and count, and baptisms at the end of the week. He’s retired now and we have a reformed Pastor, so we’ve, thankfully, away from this. My Granddaughter did all this several years ago, and has shown no real fruit since, so we still look for opportunities to share the Gospel with her. The extra difficulty with this is that young people (and their parents) who go through this basically believe it’s like an inoculation, they’re covered, and nothing further is needed.

  3. There could be some truth to the Arminian theology. Most SBC churches value experience, outward, visible evidences of salvation, and of course, the idea of making a decision. Certainly all of those marks stems from a general, man-focused view of salvation. Add that to a ridiculous notion that numbers (which again, is perceived as a sign of genuine, spiritual activity) are to be valued when it comes to membership and church attenders and baptisms, and that is a lethal spiritual cocktail.

  4. Wow sounds like a good book. We definitely need a biblical view of apostasy in interpreting the apostasy and departure of why youths are leaving the church.

  5. I’m gonna have to get hold of this book. As a father of two boys (6 & 2 1/2) this is important to me. I had to tell me wife just this week to turn down my mother in laws invitation for my 6 yr old to attend VBS at a prominent SBC church here in Georgia for this very concern. I went through all that in my church growing up and have experienced the pitfalls myself. It wreaks spiritual havoc and I want to shepherd my kids in a biblical way and pray for real conversion with real fruit. Here in the South it’s hard feeling like the only one who cares about this, but if that’s the cost so be it. Thanks for the heads up on this book.

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