Kindergarten of Christ or Child abuse?
Some of the children were dancing, their bodies writhing and twisting, their arms flailing in the air, perspiration on their foreheads. Some had fallen to the ground, ‘slain in the spirit’, as the phrase has it, and were now crouching and kneeling in prayer, while the grown-ups moved among them laying on hands, some speaking in tongues.
Ruth, who is eight years old, was sobbing quietly. Earlier that day she had been one of those to come forward during the ‘prophetic dance’ session, when Pastor Becky Fischer asked if anybody had heard the word of God and had something to impart.
This is in Missouri, USA. It’s bad enough when adults behave like lunatics, but when children get involved, doesn’t it make you angry? “Kids in Ministry” trains children, some as young as five, to use “to use the ‘gifts’ of healing, prophecy and speaking in tongues”. Ruth was sobbing quietly? Sounds like a form of hysteria, brought on by intense emotional pressure.