Skip to comments.Child Evangelism Fellowship Targets Children of Portland under Harsh Criticism
Posted on 07/30/2014 3:27:50 PM PDT by fwdude
Christian group Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) has set its sights on bringing the children of Portland to Christianity. CEFs Good News Club is targeting kids at typical summer locations such as pools and parks to join the group amidst harsh criticism.
Oregon is known as the least religious state in the nation from Gallup polls in 2008 and 2012 which is why CEF chose the location for its outreach. And as the current law stands, the Good News Club does not need parent consent forms to approach children in public spaces, as they do for schools.
According to the AP, some Portland residents have joined together to protest the CEFs tactics. Protect Portland Children organizer Kay Schmitt said, They pretend to be a mainstream Christian Bible study when in fact theyre a very old school fundamentalist sect.
But CEF vice president Moises Esteves says that Protect Portland Children just wants to ban Christian outreach. Children are easy to manipulate, we all know that. We dont use any of the schemes and high-pressure tactics that were accused of. Nothing could be farther from the truth, he said.
CEFs Good News Club has been criticized for teaching young children that they are sinners and going to hell if they do not repent, but Esteves said that the group teaches children about sin in a gentle way. We do teach that children are sinners, but were not nasty about it, he said. If we were nasty about it, the kid wouldnt come back.
TBC: Old School Fundamentalist Sect is the term now heard identifying those saints of the Lord who remain faithful in preaching the biblical Gospel. Pray for the work of Child Evangelism Fellowship.
How DARE people teach children anything but nihilism and worship of the state!
If the parents refuse to introduce their children to Chist, The Child Evangelism Fellowship, has the duty and right to do so.
“Protect Portland Children organizer Kay Schmitt said, They pretend to be a mainstream Christian Bible study when in fact theyre a very old school fundamentalist sect.
Translation: “mainstream Christian Bible study” = liberal church that accepts homosexual pastors and “very old school fundamentalist sect = evangelical Christians who refuse to violate the word of God.
Do the Mormons have the right to proselytize your child without your consent? The Scientologists? The Moslems?
“If the parents refuse to introduce their children to Chist, The Child Evangelism Fellowship, has the duty and right to do so.”
I don’t agree with that position. If the Child Evangelism Fellowship has such a right, wouldn’t any other religious group have the same right. What about rag heads? would that be OK with you?
I’ve been involved with a Good News Club for 5 years at one of our local elementary schools. We’ve had kids come for awhile then drop out, but the majority of kids come each week and love it. Everything we do (music, lessons, review games) is evangelical in nature so the kids get a consistent message of the Gospel. Even with all the teaching not all of the kids make a decision for Christ, some we get to pray with for whatever is going on in their lives. Believe me, kids in public school can deal with all kinds of stressful situations and they are glad they have someone to talk to.
The Lord did say that if people refuse to hear the gospel, shake the dust off your shoes and go elsewhere.
Wonder how the local atheists would react if the CEF were to do so in a very public manner?
Oh no they dont! The kids of Portland may have only one god, and his name is BARACK HUSSEINICUS SOEBARKAH!
I don’t want anyone proselytizing over my kids thank you very much.
Just leftists in the media hyping things out of proportion again.
“Do the Mormons have the right to proselytize your child without your consent? The Scientologists? The Moslems?”
One would have to determine if the Framers of the Constitution had the Scientologists and Moslems in mind and when they authorized the First Amendment, and if it was their original intent to provide protections to non Christian or Jewsih groups that had no organizational history in the United States.
The determination of that question is quite easy and clear as Scientology did not exist and the United States was not an Islmaic nation in 1787 and we are not today.
Thus, the answer would be that the Scientologists and Muslims would not be free to practice a freedom that they do not have under the Constitution and if they did, they would be violating the Right of Christian children and their parents.
if they are in public schools they are getting proselytized by leftists and perverts
I would presume that these children are under the supervision of their parents. This “outrage” is an Anti-Christ rant.
Do parents still teach their kids not to talk to strangers?
Good News Club (sponsored by CEF) does not proselytize any kid outside of the club. Each child who attends MUST have a signed permission slip from his parents allowing him to attend. Most are already Christians, but some are not and yes, they do hear about the saving work of Jesus Christ at the club...
That’s a different thing. This sounds like adults approaching children out in public, which I’m not comfortable with at all.
And the Mormon, Muslims, and the rest are of the opinion that Christians are deluded and do not believe in the One True Religion.
Bottom line, I will teach my kids in the manner I choose. If YOU choose to try to impose your viewpoints on MY kids, then we will have a problem.
However, the US DID have a sizable Catholic population at the time, particularly in Maryland. Thus Catholics, by your reasoning, WERE included in the intent of the First Amendment. If you are non-Catholic, would you be fine with Catholics proselytizing to your kids?
In that case, I have no problem with them.