Last week, I stumbled across a video on YouTube of four-year-old Kanon Tipton. What made the video so interesting was that Kanon was preaching. He’s only four-years-old. As I watched other videos, I noticed that he’s been preaching since he was twenty-one months old.
I cringed as I watched him parroting what he has obviously been taught by his parents, and what he has picked up by watching others. There was absolutely NO Biblical meat to speak of in his sermon, and I became disgusted when I heard the congregation “amening” and encouraging him.
I debated whether or not I should post the video here, but decided against it. Now, this week, this child’s video can be seen all over television. He’s becoming a viral sensation! I find it ridiculous and spiritually abusive for any parent or pastor (who happens to be this child’s father) to encourage him in this way. He needs to be sent to the children’s classroom, or kept with his mother quietly in the pew – not on the platform preaching to the flock.
He’s four-years-old; can he instruct me in the way of righteousness? What if a married couple needs counciling? What if a teen is fighting the sexual temptations which plague the cesspools our schools have become? But most importantly… can he thoroughly convey the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world? Can he even read? No, he can’t read. When asked on Fox News how he knows what to say when he looks in his book (since he can’t read), he said, “I just know.”
He’s been preaching since he was in diapers. (See video 1.) And now at the tender age of four, he’s being given his own pint-sized pulpit. (See video 2.) For the interview of him and his parents conducted by Fox News, please click here.