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Eleven-Year-Old Boy Ordained as Minister: Too Young... or Too Awesome?

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When Ezekiel Stoddard was ordained as a minister at the Fullness of Time Church in Capitol Heights, Maryland, last month it was a unique celebration -- one that turned heads and raised questions. Why? Because Ezekiel is just 11 years old. According to "Good Morning America," the son of two pastors decided to become a minister at this very young age when God spoke to him in a dream.

The young minister said, "God gave me that particular scripture [Psalm 23] because a lot of people, they try to draw you away from the Lord, trying to get you on the wrong path." When asked if people thought it was strange, he said, "People come to you, they ask you questions about why you should act like a child and not a minister. I do things like a child, but still I am a minister. I am an evangelical." But do you think Stoddard is too young to take on the role of a minister?


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  • JAA Common ... 2012/07/01 06:29:39
    JAA
    Yes, read the Bible.
  • Common ... JAA 2012/07/01 14:38:51
    Common Sense Conservative
    That's proof?

    Do me a favor, TRANSLATE what you think it says.
  • JAA Common ... 2012/07/03 18:24:52 (edited)
    JAA
    Now, that's an easy way for you to slide out of the hole you're in . . . having me translate the entire Bible on a social internet site, lol.

    btw, where is it written that I owe you any favors? Your ignorance of the Bible is between you and God.
  • Common ... JAA 2012/07/03 21:00:42
    Common Sense Conservative
    God and I have a great relationship. And yes, it is between God and I.
  • JAA Common ... 2012/07/03 22:47:46
    JAA
    It looks like we found common territory, then. Have a great July 4, as this may be the last one we celebrate.
  • mae 2012/06/24 22:01:51
    Too Young
    mae
    +3
    Parents are the pastors at the same church this boy was ordained in? For lack of a better choice above, Too Young will do.
  • WinterLynn 2012/06/24 21:44:17
  • juirsh WinterLynn 2012/06/25 03:31:47
    juirsh
    he can do that without being ordained!!!
  • WinterLynn juirsh 2012/06/25 14:22:49
  • RoyJLores 2012/06/24 20:57:00
    Too Awesome
    RoyJLores
    As long as he is allowed to be a child and do the things children do is OK, this type of thing is not unheard off, it is not like he is going to manage the finances of his own separate church and I'm pretty certain he still has to do his chores at home despite his new pastoral position. :)
  • gary 2012/06/24 20:23:08
    Too Awesome
    gary
    he just might be Jesus crist . The second coming is here.
  • JAA gary 2012/06/24 22:08:47
    JAA
    Seriously? Sheesh!
  • gary JAA 2012/06/24 22:34:49
    gary
    yes the second coming is here.. Pray to the lord.
  • JAA gary 2012/06/24 23:43:16
    JAA
    Not.
  • gary JAA 2012/06/25 00:40:36
    gary
    God and this Jesus will save you. From the hell that is to come.
  • JAA gary 2012/06/25 02:07:28
    JAA
    Did you forget to take your meds, gary?
  • Curmudgeon gary 2012/06/25 02:17:29
    Curmudgeon
    +1
    People have been claiming stuff like that for thousands of years, it just looks like a child that spent far too long in Sunday school and brainwashed. This happens all the time in Muslim countries whereby children as young as this assert with absolute certainty that the Koran is the only book they ever need to read.

    This is exploitation at its best.
  • JAA Curmudgeon 2012/06/25 02:20:37 (edited)
    JAA
    The Bible IS the ultimate authority, but that doesn't mean you have to read it, believe it, or go by it. It's between you and God. The kid probably is not being exploited, as he undoubtedly enjoys what he's doing. We don't have to agree with it, but neither do we have to insult all Christians just because we can. Whatever happened to manners & respect for others?
  • Curmudgeon JAA 2012/06/25 02:28:44
    Curmudgeon
    +2
    I would be more impressed by this if the child in question was exposed to various religions studied them, and came to the conclusion on his own the the Christian faith is the true one after weighing pros and cons of belief in various gods.

    People always tell me belief is natural and if that is the case, then this child could have been born to atheist, Jewish, Mormon, or any other faith he would have picked Christianity without going to Sunday School.

    I'm just suspicious of religion in general when they insist on molding children before they have an ability to think for themselves. In America you can't drink till you are 21 as it's deemed to be harmful, I sometimes wonder why that wasn't extended to religion so the people in question can learn about other faiths before they blindly commit to the some one everyone else around them believes in.
  • JAA Curmudgeon 2012/06/25 02:46:37 (edited)
    JAA
    The "child" will one day become an adult & will be accountable for his beliefs & behaviors. Unlike religions (e.g., Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism), Christianity is not something one "is" just because they grew up in a family of Christians. Christianity is a CHOICE. A person cannot be a Christian until they have reached the age of accountability, which is different in each person, & makes that decision for himself, between him & God.

    It's important that children be taught from an early age what is right & wrong, about God, morals, Jesus Christ, etc. They still must make a decision & choice at some point in their lives. No one can make it for them. We will all be held accountable to God for what we teach our children. If we are wrong, there will be consequences.

    Your job as a citizen of a free country is to live & let live. As long as people aren't doing anything to hurt you & yours, you should allow them the freedom & privacy they deserve. Christians need to learn this, also. We each will be judged one day by God, & there won't be anyone else to stand up for us or bail us out.

    btw, I do not follow Jesus Christ "blindly". That is an anti-theist mantra that anti-theists seem to follow "blindly", without understanding what they are even talking about. Don't knock what you are ignorant of, & don't assume you know something that you don't. Religion is evil & we all reap what we sow.
  • Korgull JAA 2012/06/25 09:52:38
    Korgull
    Christianity is a religion, and it is forced upon the young just as any other.

    "A person cannot be a Christian until they have reached the age of accountability" And yet, look at this kid. No doubt he will "choose" Christianity because his parents forced him into it while he was young and susceptible. That's how ALL religion continues to this day. If everyone were to wait until the age of reason and accountability, we'd have done away with religion hundreds of years ago, and we would be better off without it.
  • JAA Korgull 2012/06/25 17:42:40 (edited)
    JAA
    No, Christianity is NOT a religion, despite what non-believers would like to think. With that said, there are a large number of Christians who are being "religious", not following the teachings of the Bible & who are going rogue, & as you said, "forcing" their beliefs on others. I am a Christian & understand Bible doctrine, which clearly is in agreement with separation of church & state.

    Also, God also tells us that we should respect others' free-will & privacy, & fundamentalists seem to ignore God where this is concerned, including their stance on abortion rights. Don't throw out the baby with the bath water by denouncing Christianity as some horrible religion, when all along it is those who misinterpret God's Word who are at fault. They WILL not go undisciplined by God.

    In regard to your last paragraph, I was not raised a Christian & yet "chose" that route after much research & study at the ripe old age of '17'. Being raised in a barn does not automatically make one a farm animal, nor does being raised in a certain belief system mandate they remain in that belief. Also, the "age of accountability", for most, is around age 10-12, depending on the maturity of the child & how well they can understand abstract concepts. I know many children raised in Christian homes who "left the ...&&&

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    No, Christianity is NOT a religion, despite what non-believers would like to think. With that said, there are a large number of Christians who are being "religious", not following the teachings of the Bible & who are going rogue, & as you said, "forcing" their beliefs on others. I am a Christian & understand Bible doctrine, which clearly is in agreement with separation of church & state.

    Also, God also tells us that we should respect others' free-will & privacy, & fundamentalists seem to ignore God where this is concerned, including their stance on abortion rights. Don't throw out the baby with the bath water by denouncing Christianity as some horrible religion, when all along it is those who misinterpret God's Word who are at fault. They WILL not go undisciplined by God.

    In regard to your last paragraph, I was not raised a Christian & yet "chose" that route after much research & study at the ripe old age of '17'. Being raised in a barn does not automatically make one a farm animal, nor does being raised in a certain belief system mandate they remain in that belief. Also, the "age of accountability", for most, is around age 10-12, depending on the maturity of the child & how well they can understand abstract concepts. I know many children raised in Christian homes who "left the church" after high school & moved away from home, & others who were raised as atheists, but knew there was more, searched for the 'truth', & found their salvation in Jesus Christ.

    You're right, we would all be better off without "religion", as it IS "evil"; however, without Jesus Christ we are a lost world. Believe as you will, but at least stop with the anti-theist mantras & propaganda. If Christians were perfect, they would not need a Savior.
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  • Laughing Man 2012/06/24 20:02:35 (edited)
    Too Young
    Laughing Man
    +4
    Well that just how cults work. They twist and manipulate; Children's minds at a young enough age, so they never question; for the actually truth. In a world full of education and actually knowledge. These cults are like a subculture seeking to undermine human progress. Instead of teaching children how the world really work and how wonderful the world and the universe actually is. They full innocents child's minds with unproven, disproved mindless garbage. Religion is a Cult, Religion is a Virus, Religion is the Anti Progression.
  • Autumn Laughin... 2012/06/24 20:04:37
    Autumn
    +2
    Oh, geez. Give it a rest and respect that the child believes in something positive.
  • Laughin... Autumn 2012/06/24 20:13:08 (edited)
    Laughing Man
    +3
    Positive you say? Your 15, get out of High School before you begin, to tell me that Religion is positive. I have one better for you. Pick up a book and read how religion affected the native population of American, Canada, Mexico, And South American and Native populations Earth wide. When you do, that then you can talk.
  • TheBorg Laughin... 2012/06/24 21:20:46
    TheBorg
    +1
    Be nice to the nut-jobs. Remember, religion is for children. If you cannot explain it then it is magic performed by some invisible anthropomorphic being and therefore there is no reason to investigate it further. What we should be arguing for is to keep the children away from influencing public policy. We don't have 6 year olds sitting on the city council creating policies that we all leave milk and cookies out for Santa Claus on Christmas do we?

    Better yet, we should show up on their front doors and bible thumb them into converting to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. At least that is a fun religion.
    Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster
  • Laughin... TheBorg 2012/06/24 21:35:17
  • WinterLynn Laughin... 2012/06/24 21:59:22
  • America... WinterLynn 2012/06/25 02:35:20
  • Laughin... WinterLynn 2012/06/26 01:24:30 (edited)
  • WinterLynn Laughin... 2012/06/26 03:34:33
  • Laughin... WinterLynn 2012/06/26 18:49:41
    Laughing Man
    See that's what you think in your stupid ignorance, have you ever live on a reservation have you???? so unless you have how the hell would you know what my people suffer.. You Stupid Cult fanatic
  • WinterLynn Laughin... 2012/06/26 18:58:39
  • Laughin... WinterLynn 2012/06/26 19:06:36
    Laughing Man
    No do us Natives a favor and take your ass back to your own country, and it clear you have a limited understand of actually history WONDER WHY. maybe you should get your head out of your ass and read and learn about something real
  • WinterLynn Laughin... 2012/06/26 19:21:32
  • TheBorg Laughin... 2012/06/24 22:20:15
  • Laughin... TheBorg 2012/06/26 01:33:07
    Laughing Man
    Yes i think so every person is responsible for their actions. If you pass on Cult ideals, trying to undermine actually education the are harmful to the world and the progress of humanity. History has shown what happens when religion take overs.
    Human progress STOPS. Ignorance takes hold. Next thing you know their burning people as Witches
  • TheBorg Laughin... 2012/06/26 03:59:44
    TheBorg
    I have to respectfully disagree. I do not think current generations can be blamed or held responsible for the actions of previous generations. You cannot hold the 18 year old German responsible for the holocaust, the 18 year old Southerner for slavery, the 18 year old American for the Trial of Tears, the 18 year old Catholic for the Inquisition nor Italians (Romans) and Jews for the persecution Christians.

    How far back does one go? How many years must pass in order for blame to no longer be passed forward to the next generation?

    What we can do is hold them accountable for their own actions and behaviors.
  • WinterLynn Laughin... 2012/06/24 21:56:56
  • mae WinterLynn 2012/06/24 22:12:54
    mae
    Sactamoneous Bible thumper. You are as angry as the rest of these responders. WWJD? Not what you are doing here on this post.

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