This is only a small part of a conversation I had this summer with past students this summer who was teaching the Gospel to young students. They were struggling with moralism- the idea of being able to gain salvation from God by being a “good person.” The Gospel tells that this is inherently wrong- salvation is a gift of God; however, often Sunday School programs presents Christianity as a game of moralism. Kids are told to obey the ten commandment and God will be pleased and if God is pleased then life here will be grand and they will go to heaven. The idea of relationship with God is neglected; the warning of hardships that will be endure for the sake of the Gospel is neglected. So the question is now: How ought we present a relational Gospel to youth?
Moralism for Children?