Joint Call to Incite a Cross-Culture Revolution

Campus Crusade for Christ
Monday, 10 March 2003

Popular Youth Specialists Josh McDowell and Ron Luce to Announce Action Plan Responding to Youth Pastors' Call for "Nothing Short of a Spiritual Revolution!"

Youth specialists Josh McDowell and Ron Luce have issued a joint statement: "Incredible as it may seem, ‘accepting Christ' and making a profession of faith makes little to no difference in a young person's attitudes and behaviors. The majority of our churched young people are adopting ‘a Christianity' but it is not true Christianity."

A recent study compared the behavior of young people who describe themselves as Christians with those who call themselves non-Christian.

In the last 12 months…Christian YouthNon-Christian Youth
…who cheated on a test?74%76%
…who lied to a teacher?83%85%
…who lied to a parent?93%93%
…who physically hurt someone when angered?63%67%
…who was satisfied with their ethics and character?91%90%
(Source: The Ethics of American Youth Survey)

Surveys also show that Christian youth have distorted beliefs on the fundamentals of the Christian faith. According to George Barna's "Third Millennium Teen" survey, 63 percent of churched youth don't believe that Jesus is the Son of the one true God, 58 percent believe all faiths teach equally valid truths, and 51 percent don't believe Jesus rose from the dead.

McDowell and Luce conclude: "We are at a crossroads where a fundamental change is required within youth ministry. We need more than a retooling—nothing short of a 21st century God-sent spiritual revolution will save this generation." Ninety-eight percent of youth ministers and pastors polled by a recent McDowell survey concur with McDowell and Luce's assessment.

On March 15 at 3 p.m. Eastern, during Luce's Acquire The Fire event at Worthen Arena in Muncie, Indiana, Luce and McDowell will reveal details of what they are calling a CrossCulture Revolution—a strategic initiative to equip the church to raise up a generation of sacrificial and passionate followers of Christ. More than 10,000 youth are expected to attend the unveiling of the initiative.

In 1986, Ron Luce founded Teen Mania Ministries, which has touched the lives of more than 1.2 million youth. His state-of-the-art Acquire the Fire events reach 200,000 youth annually, featuring multimedia presentations, pyrotechnics, contemporary Christian recording artists, and top guest speakers. He has authored numerous books and is the host of a weekly television show.

Josh McDowell began his ministry to youth in 1964 traveling for Campus Crusade for Christ International, and has spoken in more than 60 countries around the world. He has also authored more than 50 books.

Luce and McDowell are currently writing a book together entitled The CrossCulture Revolution to be released this fall.

For more information, or to contact Campus Crusade for Christ, see their website at: www.ccci.org

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