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Where Did Angus Jones (and Other New Believers) Go Wrong?

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To get the context of what I am going to say, you should watch both videos. I appreciate Angus’s heart, I am afraid he did two things wring 1) He did not think through how he should go about making his faith public and 2) He did not entrust himself to people who had his best interests at heart.

I do not doubt Angus’ moment of faith or his passion for Jesus, but, we must remember, he is 19 years old. He is like any kid in any youth ministry who comes to Christ with a few exceptions

1. He is a very high profile person (think Quarterback or Head Cheerleader) so his context is different than most believers.

2. What he says and does has a further reach for both good or bad.

I am talking about this tonight with my youth group from the perspective of what we are wiling to give up for Christ (rich young ruler, Zachaeus, etc.), and it seems that Angus has or will be giving up $350,000 an episode. But here are other themes you can look at

How should we repent?

How public should our repentance be?

Who should you trust as a teacher or guide with your spiritual life? (not a fan of the guy who did the video with him because of his other videos)

What should we be watching, listening to? (Holiness, Sanctification)

When should we give our testimony?

There is a reason Paul told Timothy about choosing overseers ” “6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 7 He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.”

Although Angus was not trying to an overseer in the church, he did allude to using his high profile influence as a tool to lead others to Christ. This is where the conceit may enter in and unfortunately the video may pushed him into the second half of the verse.

When David penned Psalm 101, he may have meant well, but Psalm 51 came after Psalm 101, in chronological order. What Angus may have not known is that we older believers started out with a head of steam and desire to save the world. It’s too bad none of those older believers were able to share their new believer blunder stories with him

The good news

1. His faith is now out there and ready to be tested.

2. He is learning what humility is in a big way.

3. He is maturing through this process and will be stronger on the other side.

What do you think? Was Angus right or wrong in the way he presented his faith?


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