Why is it that people are beginning to reconsider the issue of a divided assembly? Because the fruits are rotten. Jesus taught, "A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit." (Matthew 7:18) Youth movements and Sunday Schools are not accomplishing what they set out to accomplish because they do not have Bible authority for their foundation. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 teaches that God thoroughly equipped us for every good work - thus we conclude that since the Bible does not authorize Youth Groups and Sunday Schools they must not be good works. Many denominational leaders are beginning to admit that Youth Groups and Sunday School classes not only lack Biblical authority, but are also detrimental to the spiritual health of young people and churches.
I encourage everyone to watch the movie "Divided" that has been posted to the end of this article. Though I do not have any connection with the creators of this movie, and do not agree with them on other doctrinal issues, I believe they are spot on when it comes to this subject. Don't take my word for it though; open up your Bible, follow along, and be honest with yourself as you consider this vital topic.
Two final thoughts:
1- This video is not an exhaustive study of the issue, though it does provide lots of great material. If you are interested in studying the topic further, I highly recommend listening to the Cutter - Hutto debate by clicking here.
2- This video should be a reminder to those of the Lord's church who are being tempted to give into innovation that we don't want what the world has to offer. Sunday School is not the solution to educating our children - it is part of the problem. Let's get back to the Bible and stand on a "Thus saith the Lord."