‘Are You Reaching Out to the Younger Generation?’ Writer Challenges Christians Over Teen Suicide

CornwellHENDERSON, N.C. — A Christian author is challenging other Christians to reach out to the youth around them following a tragic story out of North Carolina that centers around the suicide of a teenage girl.

“Jesus loved people enough to go into their midst. He went in their homes. He confronted their sin. He sought out the lost sheep and saved them,” writes Tim Brown of Freedom Outpost in a recent article. “He’s still doing it today through His Church, but the question I have is, is He doing it through you? Are you reaching out to the younger generation and bringing them to the truth, or are you too busy watching grown men in tights chase a ball made of pigskin?”

Brown’s comments were made in light of the death of 16-year-old Amber Cornwell, who was found hanged in her bedroom closet last month. Cornwell was an honor roll student at East Henderson High School, a tennis player and a member of the All County Chorus, but her mother and her friends stated that she had faced bullying since the sixth grade.

“The boys like her and the girls hate her, and that’s not fair,” her mother Kim told reporters. “All the time, it was always something. We thought it had calmed down.”

“They were just calling her names,” friend Sierra Crochet added. “And called her names and said she had no future and had nothing going for her.”

“They were really mean, they’d say stuff to her face, behind her back,” Stephanie Hernandez concurred. “They’d message her on Facebook.”

Cornwell’s mother states that the teen went out with her boyfriend the night that she hung herself, and returned in a happy mood. But later that evening, Cornwell posted a chilling message on Facebook.

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“If I die tonight, will anyone cry?” she wrote for her final status.

Cornwell’s parents found her the next morning hanged in her closet. Her body was laid to rest on Dec. 26., and fellow classmates also held a candlelight ceremony in remembrance of Cornwell at the high school.

Tim Brown of Freedom Outpost said that incidents such as these are reminders that youth need ministry, too. He pointed to speaker Bradlee Dean, who visits public schools across America to speak about U.S. history, the Constitution and the gospel. Brown said that Dean told him that he believes most older members of society don’t care about youth and that it “shows in their lack of love for them.”

Brown remarked that each Christian should be doing their part in their own community to reach out to the youth around them.

“I’ve personally seen how the older generation will get together and do a lot of talking about how they can get Bradlee into a school, often without any resolve,” he said. “Yet, they won’t invite kids in their neighborhood or from their church over to their own homes to talk and hangout with them.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the third leading cause of death for youth ages 10-24, and results in an estimated 4,600 deaths each year.

“A nationwide survey of youth in grades 9–12 in public and private schools in the United States found that 16% of students reported seriously considering suicide, 13% reported creating a plan, and 8% reporting trying to take their own life in the 12 months preceding the survey,” the government organization outlines on its website. “Each year, approximately 157,000 youth between the ages of 10 and 24 receive medical care for self-inflicted injuries at emergency departments across the U.S.”

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  • Gary

    Someone said suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

  • Neiman

    Tim Brown of Freedom Outpost would do better if he did not start off by insulting Christians, tone down his ego a bit and seek a little humility.

    The world is in love with death, the whole world has become a culture of death. Satan has been about destroying our children for a long time. The world is making it increasingly difficult to take the Gospel anywhere, it is fast becoming a crime. The children have been exposed to so much violence, drugs, alcohol, sexual abuse and so many other assaults on their souls they are hardened to the Gospel. So, any simply solution about taking the Gospel to them is just that – simplistic and unrealistic for the most part.

    Yes our children are in trouble, our country is in trouble, but the only solution begins on our knees. The only thing that will make a difference is a people dedicated to daily, persistent, individual prayer for our schools, for every child, for specific children we know that are in trouble, for Christians to engage in spiritual warfare against the enemy of our souls. The only thing that can change the direction of the country and protect the lives of our children is prayer and only God can drive out the demonic spirits that are out to kill our children. Only then will these children be open to the Gospel, only then can we make a difference. While there is nothing wrong with sharing the Gospel and we should do so, until the children of God are willing to engage in spiritual warfare and drive back the enemy, it will be a losing battle. The battle is the Lord’s and we need to seek Him to defend the lives of our children and save their souls.

  • jcrosby35

    Building on the solid Rock.
    God never called us to be cleaners of fish. He does call us to be fishers of men.
    Reaching out to someone does not condemn, but call son us to build relationships.
    Once a relationship is built and trust is instilled then we can build on the solid rock of Jesus Christ trusting Him to clean the fish.
    Jesus is Lord.

    • Neiman

      I usually like your efforts here, but when you said, “He does call us to be fishers of men. Reaching out to someone does not condemn, but calls us to build relationships. Once
      a relationship is built and trust is instilled then we can build on the
      solid rock of Jesus Christ trusting Him to clean the fish.”

      We need to put Him first, none of it can depend on us at all, not the tiniest bit, not on our work, we cannot build relationships, we can not instill trust, we cannot build anything; it has to start with prayer and then God has to do it all, at best He might pick us up and use us as instruments through who He will move to change lives, but from first to last it has to be Him and we need to get “I” out of the process, we will only hinder Him. Pray + prayer + prayer + prayer and wait for God to move and show us the way.

      I am not talking against you at all, nor criticizing you, but I feel we need to get the priorities right first.

      • jcrosby35

        Prayer is always the cap stone. But with prayer comes faith. And with faith comes works.

        Mat 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

        Mat 7:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

        Mat 7:9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?

        Mat 7:10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?

        Mat 7:11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

        Mat 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

        Working with people requires us to pray and prayer is progressing in the relationship. It works with God and takes nothing from Him.

        • Neiman

          Actually Jesus, not prayer is the only capstone.

          Works of the flesh accomplish nothing, only by prayer, getting God directly involved will change anything. You have not learned that we are nothing, we are not only saved by Grace, but all of Christian living comes the same way – by grace. By prayer and faith we get in line with God’s Will, He never gets in line with our will. We pray until we hear from God and get our marching orders from Him and it is He in us that works for good.

          • jcrosby35

            Ok Neiman. Lets get it right.

            Eph. 2:8-10 You are saved by grace through faith. (Context)

            Eph 2:8 For by (grace) are ye saved through (faith); and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

            While grace is God’s unmerited favor it is granted on the basis of your faith. (Believing in God) and accepting his grace.

            Eph 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
            We cannot receive salvation through our works but God does not violate our free will. Faith in Christ brings us before God and allows Him to apply grace or salvation by the finished work of Christ.

            Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus (unto good works), which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

            We are God’s workmanship and in Christ created for good works.

            God ordained that (We should walk in those good works as Christians).
            You are not going to separate grace from faith.

            Jam 2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

            Jam 2:18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
            Faith brings action
            Jam 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
            Even the demons tremble.
            Jam 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, (that faith without works is dead)?
            Jam 2:21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
            Jam 2:22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
            Our examples.
            Jam 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
            Jam 2:24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
            Jam 2:25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?
            I am not into Calvinism or Arianism, but I am into pleasing God.
            Jam 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

          • Neiman

            I have an idea, besides trying to beat me up with so many passages, thinking they will overwhelm me and by default you would win a debate; why don’t you actually make a point? Make a very clear statement about what you are arguing, what is your point?

            Oh, and none of these were in context.

          • jcrosby35

            I made the point right up front.
            People are saved by grace through faith. And it was all in the full context of the scriptures.
            You want to ignore the scriptures then do so.

          • Neiman

            That is NOT all that these verses point to and so I doubt what you are saying is your actual point. You are adding passages about works, which are out of context and are absent context contrary to grace.

            I do not ignore scripture, but I have been around a long time and can see deception pretty easily. This is how 7th Day Adventists argue, they throw out tons of passages and falsely think they prove a point. A case in point: I have debated with 7th Day Adventists and their ilk for many years and on the subject of death and they use many, many, many passages and think in them they prove annihilation of every human soul, absolute death and at some future point, after being dead perhaps thousands of years, Jesus will bring back into existence all the faithful that have died. That is wholly unscriptural and I even wrote a 144,000 word dissertation on death and dying that prove they are in error; but, like you, they think if they throw out enough verses that on the surface, alone, they prove their annihilation doctrine and nothing will dissuade them.

            So, your many passages prove nothing alone and you are afraid to even make a point, you are afraid to clearly say you think we must add our works to God’s Grace.

          • jcrosby35

            Well Neiman I am not an Adventist and I do not believe in annihilation.
            And I never declared we are saved by works. In fact I made it clear we are not saved by works. If you had of read the reply you would have known what I said.
            And now you are chasing rabbits and avoiding the issue.

          • Neiman

            How can I avoid an issue when I don’t know what the issue is?

          • Nick_from_Detroit

            Whoa! It has not been a good day for you and the Epistle of James, has it, Neiman?

          • Neiman

            I still have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. No, I have not had a bad day about the Epistle of James, I haven’t even discussed it today.

          • Nick_from_Detroit

            Yes, you did, when I asked if you were going to apologize, or not.
            My response is still awaiting your reply.
            Anyway, I meant “day” in the biblical, 24-hour sense, like Gary and you. Ha-ha!

          • Neiman


          • Nick_from_Detroit

            Well, that’s up to you, Neiman.
            But, my response shows why you get wrong Ss. Paul & James, and “faith working through love” (Gal.5:6).
            Please, check it out.

          • Neiman

            You people are nuts! I have no idea what you are talking about.

            If you want to argue a point: (a) You make a clear point on your beliefs. (b) You offer direct facts in support thereof. (c) If needed you say this and this and this are why you are wrong and this is why I am correct. (d) Conclusion.

            You people don’t know how to debate or argue at all. I made a point, I went into James and proved in his own words my contentions, covering his entire book/letter to provide context and then I made a conclusion. That is a debate. I have no idea what you think you are doing, but I don’t engage is guesswork.

          • Nick_from_Detroit

            My response to your argument on James is in the other blogpost, about Pope Francis. Not this one.

          • Neiman

            I have no idea where to find it.

          • Nick_from_Detroit

            It’s at the top of the combox, if you’re on “Sort by Newest.” It’s a new thread.

          • Neiman

            I do not know what a combox is. Going to “newest” I find nothing that you describe.

          • Nick_from_Detroit

            I’m sorry, a combox is what we’re in, a comment section. I could post my response here, if you’d like? Or, you can find it here:

          • jcrosby35

            You want to play stupid games Neiman. Then do it by yourself.

          • Neiman

            Get it through your thick head – I am NOT playing games. I have absolutely no idea what point you are trying to make or issue you are trying to discuss – NONE.

    • railhead

      I think what you are saying is summed up here;

      Mat 23:25
      Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.
      Mat 23:26
      Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

      But I like the fisher/cleaner of fish analogy. I don’t agree with the whole “building relationships” part, though, as that sounds more like Dr. Phil than the Apostle Paul. Jesus preached the gospel to people in a matter of minutes, as did the apostles. If you wait to build a relationship, it is sometimes too late. I’ll just say that I used that “building a relationship” as an excuse for not preaching the gospel to someone I worked with one time. I felt compelled to share the gospel, but refused thinking it was smarter to “build a relationship”. That man had a heart attack the next day and went to hell for eternity. I am sure he was not saved. People need the gospel TODAY.

      2Co 6:2

      (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
      The best way to reach ot to someone is to show them some verses from the Bible on how they can be saved. I have preached the gospel to people and had them pray to receive Christ within minutes. Imagine if I would have tried that with the man I worked with that day. He might not be in hell today….

  • angel

    comforted my niece, who knew this beautiful young girl, during this difficult time. Please continue to pray for those who STILL torment her, even in death.

  • CW

    At 63, I realize that all of us have gone thru, and will go thru, situations that we just want ended. And I also realize that saying to a young person that there will be life after high school and that those cruel people around you will one day be gone from your life somehow doesn’t seen to ring true when you are under the depression and pressure of every day life. If only they could realize that and just hold on a bit longer! The sun does come up tomorrow, life does go on! And a better day is coming! But how do you get an emotion-charged teenager to realize that?

  • railhead

    Where can I begin in commenting on this?

    First of all, if you invited a young person into your home, as the article suggests, what is the first thing people think? If you give a child a hug, our sick society immediately thinks you are a molester. Thus, I would NEVER invite a young person into my home, period, and I am married and have childen.

    I can tell you one way I have reached out to youth, though….my soul winning partner and I won two 12 year old girls to Christ right in the middle of the street. And I’m talking IN the street. Everyone could see us plain as day, no chance of getting accused of being a pervert. They were Catholic, and thought they had to go to mass, follow the commandments, go to confession, etc. We showed them verses from the Bible on how it’s all fath in Christ. Children are EASY to win to Christ, they got saved very gladly, and went away happy!

    Which leads to my next point, Christianity has become so limp and weak that it is virtually powerless to offer any real help to people. You have a bunch of mega-churches preaching a pseudo-gospel with sermonettes instead of hard preaching, and telling people to make Jesus “the Lord of their life” to be saved (something you never find in the Bible). I got a flier yesterday from one of these churches…a slick glossy card promoting it’s teaching series…not one verse from the Bible telling you how you might be saved. SAD! I would be really depressed if I thought I had to live a good life to go to heaven!

    Finally, we are raising a generation of wimps! This girl got bullied….so did I! I was beat up, picked on, talked about, laughed at for not having the right shoes, etc. ,etc. Back then, I was told I needed to toughen up, defend myself. You can’t totally sterilize a social environment, there will always be “bullies”. You can make your kids tougher, though, it starts by learning they don’t always get their way, and that they aren’t the most important thing in the world….the exact OPPOSITE of what they are taught these days. The world teaches self-esteem, the Bible teaches OTHER esteem. (Phil. 2:3) When you stop focussing on yourself and start focussing on other people, your problems become very small.

    No disrespect is meant to the parents of this girl, I don’t know the whole story, and I am not saying these are all specific to this case. There may have been other problems out of their control. These are general things wrong with our society today and the way we raise our children.

  • Wiless

    Attacking Christian men for enjoying their hobbies like football; real bright way to sell your message.
    What a dumbass.

  • John Mark IB

    well who of us that wasn’t a from a Christian family and or grew up in a broken family didn’t have the teenage blues and especially if you were like me, into rock n roll depressed needed and or wanted love and attention but had the low to no self esteem and turned to the cigarettes and drugs alcohol and was depressed and wanted to commit suicide too? was serving satan and he was trying to get another one to do the same to go to hell lost, and yes it’s rough as kids, true to though nowadays it’s even worse with the movement towards the end times and high tech everyone vainly mocking the others even here we in this forum we can get ganged up on by multiple persons and negativity abounds, guess if we can at least give them the gospel tracts and Gospel of John and Romans is a start invite them to youth groups and Sunday School etc., and here’s some great sites to help and give them hope too, may GOD bless you all with love joy and peace always in Jesus name amen, of course you can always give them the links to the sites here for salvation and plant the seeds and or invite them for bible study there is a super great bible study here as well may GOD bless all of our efforts,