13 Jul '11, 3am

Our reader explains why he felt uncomfortable reading about Elijah Ng, the 15-year-old preacher from @CHCsg. @yenfeng

Our reader explains why he felt uncomfortable reading about Elijah Ng, the 15-year-old preacher from @CHCsg. @yenfeng

MY FIRST impression of teenager Elijah Ng (right), whose photo appeared on Monday's front page, was that of a pop entertainer ('Young, trendy - and a 'preacher''). But after reading the article, I felt a deep sense of disquiet about the rise in the number of young religious preachers. While we respect one another's religion and practices, teen preachers may lack the experience and tact in engaging their audience when it comes to controversial religious issues. Some can be insensitive to the feelings of others when addressing their congregations, while others may be over-zealous in their proselytisation. Worse, some may not be able to provide correct answers to practical questions, and this can give rise to confusion and controversy. Religious leaders should be more circumspect in allowing teen preachers to deliver sermons or messages of which they have scant knowledge. It ...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/Story/STIStory_689998...

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