See For Yourself: Examples from the Good News Club Curriculum

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Are these the kinds of ideas you want your child to learn? How would repeatedly hearing them  affect your child?

 

References to Sin References to Hell References to the Golden Rule
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You have a dark heart.

“Others may think that you are a good person, but God knows what you’re really like on the inside. He knows that deep down you are a sinner – you were born that way.”
Patriarchs, page 33

“[Y]our heart is very sinful….You may think you’re pretty good, but when God sees your heart He sees it is full of sin.”
Beginnings, page 28

“Your heart (the real you; the part of you that thinks and feels) is sinful and wants to do wrong….”
Life of Christ, Book 1, page 34

“You were born with darkness in your heart because of sin….”
Life of Christ, Book 2, page 35

“You were born with a sinful heart.”
Life of Christ, Book 3, page 23; Patriarchs, Lesson 3, page 25

“Your heart (the real you) is sinful from the time you are born.”
Moses: The Lawgiver, page 17

“It saddens Jesus to see how sinful you are….”
Life of Christ, Book 4, page 13

Good deeds don’t matter.

“Even the good things you do aren’t good enough. The Bible says those things are like filthy (dirty) rags…Filthy rags either need to be thrown away or washed.”
Moses: The Lawgiver, page 17

“Your good works are worthless…because of the sinfulness inside you.”
Life of Christ, Book 3, page 35

“Even the good things you do are worthless before God because they can’t make up for your sin.”
Life of Christ, Book 3, page 29

You are responsible for Jesus’ death.

“As Jesus hung on the cross, God punished him for your sin and your deceitful heart.”
Patriarchs, page 35

“As the nails were driven into His hands and feet and His blood flowed out, God was punishing His Son for your sin.”
Life of Christ, Book 2, page 30

“Jesus would be put to death in a horrible way. He would be nailed to a wooden cross and blood would flow from His wounded body so your sins could be forgiven.”
Life of Christ, Book 4, page 27

“The Lord Jesus suffered terrible beatings, then He was cruelly nailed to a wooden cross, where He bled and died… As Jesus hung on the cross, God punished Him for your sin and your deceitful heart.”
Patriarchs, page 35

You deserve to be punished.

“The punishment for even one sin is separation from God forever in Hell. You deserve God’s punishment….”
Life of Christ, Book 1, page 35

“When you complain about the meals you are given instead of being grateful, you sin. When you pout because you can’t have your own way or slam your bedroom door so everyone knows you’re angry, you sin. God says sin must be punished and the punishment is separation from God forever in a terrible place called Hell. God hates your sin….”
Moses, Book 2, page 38

“[Y]ou have sinful thoughts….God says the punishment for sin is to be separated from Him forever in a place of darkness called Hell.”
Joseph, page 34

“The Bible says you deserve to be separated from God in a terrible place called Hell because you are guilty of sin.”
Life of Christ, Book 4, page 25

“You deserve eternal death (separation from God forever in a terrible place of punishment) because of your sin.”
Life of Christ, Book 1, page 29

“Because you have sinned, you don’t deserve to go to Heaven. Instead you deserve to go to Hell and be separated from God forever.”
Elisha, page 10

“Since God is holy (perfect in every way), He hates sin. The Bible says the punishment for sin is to spend forever in a terrible place of darkness and suffering….God holds you responsible for your sin. You are guilty before Him.”
Joseph, page 39

“Because you have broken God’s laws, you deserve his punishment, which is separation from God forever in a place of pain and sadness called Hell.”
Moses, Book 1, page 43

“Because you have sinned, you deserve God’s punishment for sin, which is separation from Him forever in a terrible place. God can’t be near your sin because He is holy (perfect).”
Life of Christ, Book 4, page 42

“[Y]ou deserve to be punished for your sin too…[T]he punishment you deserve for your sin is to be separated from Him forever in a terrible place of suffering. Unless you follow His plan, you will be punished.”
Moses, Book 1, page 29

You must believe what we tell you, or else . . .

“It is a sin to refuse to believe God and sin must be punished.”
Joshua, page 10

“When you refuse to believe in God or in the Lord Jesus, His Son you are sinning,” and “in danger of being separated from God forever.”
Beginnings, pages 40-41

“Unless you follow his plan, you will be punished.”
Moses: Chosen Deliverer, page 29

“You must agree with God that you are a sinner deserving punishment.”
Daniel: Strong in the Lord, page 48

“You must believe that the Lord Jesus died on the cross for you.”
Beginnings, page 3

“You must choose to let Him be your Savior.”
Beginnings, page 3

“You must come to God His way.”
Beginnings, pages 25 & 29