Jeremy S. Adams, a teacher at both the high school and college levels, published a book in August 2021 titled Hollowed Out: A Warning About America’s Next Generation. In his book, he says that a lack of knowledge about the wisdom, culture, and institutions of Western civilization is turning Gen Z into zombies — less educated, more depressed, and without moral values.
Adams sees that Gen Z is perpetually distracted. High school students spend more time connected to digital devices and less time with their families. He argues that habits like eating dinner alone and using five or more devices are creating an entire generation of adults who are vapid and distant from reality. Adams names banality and conformity as Gen Z’s replacement for religion — and tells what we can do about it.
A 2018 Barna study came to the same conclusion, reporting that Gen Z is the least Christian generation to date. But all is not lost, as there are hopeful signs. For one thing, Gen Z is embracing the pro-life message. Cameron Côté, a pro-life activist with the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform and co-host of The Pro-Life Guys podcast, reveals that Gen Z is waking up to the evil of abortion and is wanting to speak up for the innocent and voiceless unborn.
Côté discusses “a new wave of pro-lifers who are effective in changing people’s minds on the issue.” Pro-abortion activists resort to mudslinging and violence because they don’t have the truth on their side. But “the more people interact with pro-life groups, the more often they become pro-life themselves” after learning irrefutable scientific facts.
Talking About Faith
Also worthy of note is new data compiled by the Barna Group, which shows that teens in the 13-to-18-year-old age bracket actually WANT to talk about faith. According to Reviving Evangelism in the Next Generation, produced in partnership with Alpha USA, 82 percent of Christian teens say that it’s important to them to share their faith. And nearly 80 percent say they have had a conversation about faith with someone at least once in the past year.
The study is based on an online survey of more than 1,300 teenagers between March and April of 2021. Although this generation is opposed to many traditional “evangelism” practices, they still think it’s vital to talk about God with their friends. The Barna report calls Gen Z “hyper-considerate conversation partners, driven to listen and learn” as opposed to trying to win over peers with their words.
Digital evangelism might seem like a great way to broadcast the Gospel (there’s no lack of TikTok and Instagram evangelists), but this age group claims that social media isn’t necessarily their first choice when it comes to talking about things that are actually important. Having grown up with these mediums, they understand their limitations. This survey data would also indicate that Gen Z appreciates how personal and individual the faith journey can be, and that they prefer to advocate for a lasting, deeper relationship with Jesus rather than just broadcasting their faith for controversy or “likes.”
What happens when a teenage convert from atheism hears a challenge from the Lord and decides to act on it? Just a few months out of high school, Brian Barcelona obeyed God’s directive to return to his alma mater and preach the gospel to the kids in the Bible club. Suddenly lives began to be changed. Hearts were saved. Numbers grew. Soon other schools joined in, sparking a youth revival in which thousands of teens are letting Jesus heal their lives. Brian says, “God is not done with students. Gen Z wants Jesus!”
Brian founded One Voice Student Ministries for reaching 11-18 year olds with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. One Voice hosts a Vox Conference that rallies youth groups, youth pastors, and believers to hear from national leaders and get inspired to reach the youth of their cities. The Jesus Club movement is a collaboration of missionaries, influencers, pastors and students who rally around making Jesus known to Gen Zers through digital missions and campus missions. Gen Z for Jesus is an initiative of One Voice to mobilize and empower the voice of the next generation in prayer, fasting, and Gospel proclamation.
A mobile church movement led by praise leader Sean Feucht (pronounced as “Shawn Foyt”) has been turning the hearts of Gen Zers toward our Heavenly Father by showing them His wisdom, power, and love. And it seems that He is drawing this generation ever closer to Him.
Feucht was criticized for holding his #LetUsWorship concerts in mid-2020 during and in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic. The concerts were held to protest government restrictions on singing, worshiping, and church gatherings, although Feucht stated that his ultimate mission in holding these outdoor concerts was to bring revival to America through the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ at a time of great need.
Feucht and his team have traveled all across the country over the past year – even to Seattle and Portland, where his team was attacked by Antifa. But miraculously, “one member of Antifa who came to disrupt our service was saved by giving his life to Jesus,” Sean said.
As Sean and his team continue the #LetUsWorship revival tour, more and more young people are surrendering to Jesus. “It’s real, what God is doing is real,” Feucht said in a video. “It’s crazy what the Lord is pouring out right now. The altar is packed and it’s mostly Gen Z and God is wrecking them for revival. He’s filling them with identity.”
In a recent Facebook post by the worship leader, he testified to how God moved mightily in the hearts of young people attending the #LetUsWorship event in Charleston, South Carolina. Moreover, the photos Sean shared in the post revealed pictures of the Gen Zers crying out and praying to God.
Sean wrote, “Satan overplayed his hand targeting Gen Z with depression, suicide and anxiety. Tonight we saw hundreds of Gen Z-ers run to the altar laying their addictions (swipe), heaviness & compromise at the feet of Jesus!”
Feucht says, “GEN Z desperately needs an encounter with the FATHER! We’ve seen more deliverance from addiction, freedom from suicide and salvation from Gen Z than anyone else throughout the #LetUsWorship journey. I believe it is our mandate. I am more determined than ever to see them won over for Jesus in 2021!”
Hold the Line
Sean Feucht is a husband, father, missionary, musician, speaker, author, activist, former Republican candidate in California’s 3rd Congressional District, and Trump supporter. Feucht was born in Montana and moved to Virginia. He graduated from Oral Roberts University. He became a volunteer worship leader at Bethel Church and joined their record label. Sean has produced, recorded and released over 22 music albums, co-authored 5 books, created numerous teaching resources, developed an online school, and has ignited several grassroots missional initiatives.
Burn 24-7 is a worldwide worship and prayer movement launched out of Sean’s dorm room in college, now spanning six continents and more than 250 cities. Light A Candle is a global missions and compassion movement bringing light, hope, healing, and love to the some of the hardest, darkest and most isolated places on earth. #LetUsWorship affirms freedom to worship as a human right and recognizes that churches are essential to society. Hold the Line is a political activist movement seeking to rally the church to engage in their civic duty – to vote and stand up for righteousness and justice in the governmental arena.
Hold the Line is focused on engaging with the church and young people across the country in a way that charges them to play an active role as citizens of this nation. The movement aims to inform, educate, and inspire the next generation of leaders to take a stand for what is right. Sean Feucht’s Hold The Line Podcast tackles the issues facing our nation today, as well as issues that may impact life tomorrow and for years to come.
Signs of the Times
On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Sean Feucht is calling the nation to gather for a Day of Prayer for America to honor the first responders and military, remember the fallen, pray for our troops, and petition heaven for healing over our land. He and his followers will gather at 6pm for a candlelight ceremony on the National Mall in Washington, DC.
Also on September 11th, they will host a Hold The Line One Day Intensive from 9:30 AM-3:00 PM at the Trump International Hotel. Sean will be joined by politicians, religious leaders, and activists making a difference in our nation. Participants will hear how, as a believer, you can constructively engage the media, government leaders, and your fellow citizens in the great debates and conversations facing America.
Feucht says, “God is at work and His timing is perfect. Our Let Us Worship D.C. revival is so much more than that, because God is doing something powerful in our nation, and HE has plans far greater than our own.”
The fervor to worship God free from government edict and societal persecution drove America’s earliest settlers across oceans and wild frontiers to this land. Sean’s heart is to see the next generation of leaders stand strong and bold for God’s Word. He says, “This is the generation that WILL change culture and culture WILL NOT change them!”
GOD bless all these new young Believers and keep them safe from harm, strong in spirit, faithful to the LORD, and a powerful GODLY influence on all their friends, acquaintances, neighbors, coworkers, fellow students, and families and relatives. May the NAME of the LORD be exalted and magnified in their lives. Amen.