Preaching: Young, Restless and Four?

Paul wrote to Timothy and stated, ” Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” (1 Timothy 4:12 ESV) I don’t think Paul had a four year old preacher in mind as one way this Scripture may be applied.

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Starting at the 1:44 mark the clip shows four year old Kanon preach:

Hallelujah. I’m preaching about…I’m preaching about the one God. Like a man’s church to the man’s church of Pentecost…of Pentecost…of Pentecost is what I do for the one Lord. The red hot revival. If the Lord has the words you have the Pentecost! Grenada, Mississippi! The Lord is here tonight and his name is Jesus. There’s only one God and then he’s going to praise out his tears and just worship God. And then He’s going to worship God. But the Lord is going to do it that means God has to do it and then Jesus has to do it and then God is going to do it and then Jesus. Woah! I love to preach here tonight.

That is an interesting message to say the least. Kanon’s father believes he is partly mimicking what he grew up hearing while also believing God’s hand is on him “in a special way.” The father admits that some things out of Kanon’s mouth can’t really be “put together.” Kanon’s mother believes he understands what he is saying “to a degree” and is learning.

To the critics the father says that people are entitled to their opinion. He then references Proverbs 22:6 about training a child up in the way he should go and states that Kanon was not forced into preaching. I can’t imagine these parents just letting the child do whatever he wants in other areas of life with the reasoning that – “Well, we didn’t force in down that road he just did it himself.” That is actually not training a child up biblically.

So why are they doing this to their child if he doesn’t fully understand all that he’s saying and is mimicking others? I can’t answer that, but I will say that this boy is now set to be featured on a National Geographic special.

While the world laughs…

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The above article was posted on August 18, 2011 by Mark Lamprecht.
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1 Joshua Collier August 18, 2011 at 4:54 pm

That is just creepy.

I’m reminded of the verses in Philippians 1:15-18. If someone is preaching the TRUE gospel but doing so with the wrong motives that Paul rejoiced.

Now I don’t think for a minute that what this little boy is doing is “Preaching the gospel.” He is simply imitating the mannerisms and catch phrases he has grown up hearing.

What saddens me even more is the little children who are clapping in the ‘audience’. What are they being taught that good teaching/preaching represents. Pounding ones Bible? Wiping ones neck with a handkerchief? Teach the child how to read his Bible and let the Word speak and not the man…er, child.

Sad.

2 Christiane August 18, 2011 at 9:24 pm

I think the parents need to receive some counseling. And maybe they could benefit from reading about what happened to ‘Marjoe’ Gortner, a former child ‘preacher’.

This little boy, God love him, needs to be cared for and protected. Not ‘used’ by people who don’t know the damage they may be doing to him.

I would suggest ‘caution’ to the parents, but also ‘support’ for them as a family with their little boy. This is another ‘red light’ that children are not ‘little adults’ and should not be treated as such.

This is not ‘cute’. This is not right. The child needs to be protected.

3 Mark August 19, 2011 at 11:16 pm

It was brought to my attention that, sadly, this family hold to a Oneness Pentecostal view of God denying the Trinity. They are part of a UCPI group called The Pentecostals of Grenada. I wonder if this will come out in the National Geographic special.

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