Protect Your Children’s Spiritual Lives In a Day of Duress

4:57 AM: My wife and I were jolted awake by loud rumbling. “Earthquake!” she cried. “Get the baby!” I was already racing up the stairs. I picked up our 9-month-old son from his crib and cradled him in my arms as I sat and bumped downstairs on my bottom. The stairs were still shaking too hard for me to walk down safely on my feet. It was the magnitude 7.3 Landers quake, very near to where we were living in Big Bear City, California.

It didn’t even occur to me at the time that I was risking my life for Jonathan. 

Nobody runs upstairs during a major earthquake. But I did — without the slightest hesitation — and you would, too, if it was your child.

That’s just what parents do, when our children’s lives are at risk.

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Your parent-friendly guide to raising kids who will stand strong in the faith, in spite of the onslaughts against them

Your children’s lives are at risk.

Your children are under attack. This is not an overstatement. There is a powerfully positioned, intentional, strategic assault being waged against their hearts and their minds. It’s an attack intended to undermine their relationships with you and with many others on earth, and their relationship with God for eternity.

This attack comes at them through the constant, sustained barrage of messages telling them God is wrong, their church is wrong, and you are wrong about marriage and morality. But not just that: the message pounding against them is that God’s word is immoral, the churches are hateful, and you are mixed up at best, but probably fully homophobic and intolerant.

This attack’s intent is to get your kids to hate God and the Christian faith.

Doubt me? Read the 1987 gay-activist strategy paper, The Overhauling of Straight America. which plans to portray pastors as hateful “beady-eyed” pulpit-pounders, Christians as intolerant victimizers, and gays and lesbians as upstanding innocent victims. Look at society today: who’s being portrayed as the victimizers and the victims?

They’ve had a strategy. It’s been working. They’re still attacking. And they’re aiming that attack straight at your children.

What if you could protect your children by standing against the attack with a loving and solid defense. Would you? Of course you would!

Critical Conversations is the defense you need. It clears away the confusion, overcomes the awkwardness, and explains in practical, parent-friendly terms how to start the conversations, how to deflect the deceit that’s aimed at your children, and how to explain the truth — while also building your relationship with your teen.

The world is hammering home a message that Christianity is hateful and wrong. Your teen’s spiritual future is at stake. Critical Conversations can make the critical difference.


Tom Gilson is one writer whose insights I never miss—and this may just be his most significant work ever.”
—Alex McFarland, author, speaker, and director for Christian Worldview and Apologetics, North Greenville University


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