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Ron McManus: Leadership center launched (December 30, 2001)

Norman Arnesen: History's supreme event (December 23, 2001)

Dr. Everett Bartholf: Help for the holidays (December 16, 2001)

"Auntie" Anne Beiler: God has a plan (December 9, 2001)

Mary Inman: Raising seven sons for Christ (November 25, 2001)

Tony Hall: Feeding the hungry, one person at a time (Novemer 18, 2001)

John Maracle: A growing Native American Fellowship (November 11, 2001)

Al Peterson: Praying for national leaders (October 28, 2001)

Beverly LaHaye: The family is God's gift (October 21, 2001)

Terry Meeuwsen: Putting family first (October 14, 2001)

Dennis Gaylor: Changing the world, one student at a time (September 30, 2001)

Nate Cole: You are not alone (September 16, 2001)

George Cope: Training pastors, missionaries and evangelists (September 9, 2001)

Thomas E. Trask: Breaking down the barriers (August 26, 2001)

John Kilpatrick: The blessings and challenges of revival (August 19, 2001)

Marie Colwill: A passion for evangelism (August 12, 2001)

Lottie Riekehof: The Joy of Signing (July 22, 2001)

John Castellani: Teen Challenge: The Jesus factor (July 15, 2001)

Mike and John Tompkins: Publishing newspapers and proclaiming the Good News (July 8, 2001)

Chuck Girard: Music, marriage and ministry (June 24, 2001)

Stanley Burgess: The value of a godly father (June 17, 2001)

Dennis Franck: Single Adult Ministries Agency (June 10, 2001)

Thomas E. Trask: The work of the Holy Spirit (May 27, 2001)

Stephen Tourville: The changing church in America (May 20, 2001)

Margaret Columbia: Raising 17 children for Christ (May 13, 2001)

Donna Fahrenkopf: Wanted: a life change (April 29, 2001)

Sean Smith: Spiritual attacks on young people (April 22, 2001)

Josh McDowell: Is the Bible true? (April 15, 2001)

Joyce Meyer: Being a practical Christain (April 8, 2001)

Paul Drost: Multiplication (March 18, 2001)

Bill Bright: Fasting for 40 days (March 11, 2001)

Beth Grant: Women in ministry (February 25, 2001)

Alicia Chole: His people and His presence (February 18, 2001)

Cris Carter: Playing on God's team (January 28, 2001)

Randall K. O'Bannon: The value of life (January 21, 2001)

Dennis Gaylor: Secular colleges: a vital mission field (January 14, 2001)

Spiritual attacks on young people

(April 22, 2001)

Sean Smith grew up in inner-city Oakland, Calif. Amid family dysfunction, including his father’s murder, he eventually found Christ as his Savior. He is a full-time evangelist. Smith talked recently with Scott Harrup, general editor.

Evangel: How did you come to the Lord?

Smith: At the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., I got involved in the bar scene, clubs and pledging to a fraternity. But every time I tried to get a lift in my heart, I found myself sinking. Chi Alpha* on campus reached out to me. I went to one of their meetings and walked forward. One night I was in my room crying out to the Lord, and God came to me in that room. The light in my room was overwhelming. God spoke to my heart and said He had heard my prayer and was calling me to live for Him.

Evangel: Who were some of the first people you reached with the gospel?

Smith: I pledged to a pretty wild fraternity. When I got saved, they saw that I wasn’t partying or hitting the nightclubs anymore. They would ask me questions. They were going through problems they didn’t want anyone to know about. I led all but one of my fraternity brothers to the Lord. They got involved in the Bible study I started. We had 35 guys coming — basketball players, football players, the fraternity brothers. Every time I got the chance I talked to somebody about the Lord.

Evangel: What do you see as the major lines of spiritual attack against young people?

Smith: It’s on several fronts, all attacking their identity.

First, the media can be a major force for evil. Whenever the things we watch or read or listen to make us feel like something else is what we ought to be instead of what God has created us to be, there is a satanic seduction. Young people don’t recognize that their highest destiny is to do what God has called them to do and not just to fit in for the moment.

Another major attack is the whole issue of political correctness. The line of thinking is that we can throw the rules out and everyone can be totally subjective. You say what’s right and wrong for you; I say what’s right and wrong for me. This is ultimately an attack on the authority of God’s Word.

The enemy is really using sexual immorality. Young people are told that sex is a cure-all. It’s on the Internet; it’s on prime-time television; it’s coming out through the music. Kids are facing a non-stop onslaught.

We’re also seeing a lot more "in vogue" spirituality. Teen-agers are involved in witchcraft. They join satanic cults as spiritual wannabes. There is so much mixing of religions in the New Age movement.

Finally, there is the attack on the family. Moms and dads must speak the identity of Christ into children. When that doesn’t happen, the drug dealer down the street will influence them, the city school will, the movies will, today’s singers will.

Evangel: How do you rely on the Lord to guide you in your marriage and as a parent?

Smith: The Bible says God places lonely people in families. My Chi Alpha group and the Assemblies of God church I attended let me see dads and moms serving the Lord and loving their kids. There were a couple of families that adopted me as a college student. I’d eat at their homes and witness that.

I prayed, "God, when I get married, do whatever You have to do in me to root out selfishness." I allow God to love me. Then, with the surplus of His love, I love my wife and kids. It’s amazing how God gives you a love when you’re serving Him. I can’t imagine loving my wife or kids more than I do.

Evangel: Anything else?

Smith: God is putting a revolutionary spirit on young people. They’re not going to be ashamed; they’re going to serve the Lord with all their hearts. Satan’s worst nightmare is one genuine believer, age 9 or 92. Young people want to give their all to something, and they’ve found it. It’s the Lord.

*Chi Alpha is the Assemblies of God ministry on 206 secular college and university campuses in the United States.


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