Four-year-old Preacher???

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.


43 thoughts on “Four-year-old Preacher???

  1. ExPreacherMan


    I saw this on FOX this AM and it almost made me sick.. It makes a sham of true Faith and Biblical Christianity.

    An Charismatic abomination… Maybe he will head up the NAR next year…

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  2. judyt22

    This little kid, cute though he is is being used to make a mockery of being a Christian. I saw him on the “Today Show” and they played a clip of the ppl amening and shouting. He is a third generation preachers son and they are Pentacostal. Obviously they are not operating in spiritual giftings and don’t discern “religious spirits” Children are so vulnerable. I don’t see this as the same kind of exploitation as Marjoe Gortner – just ignorance which is really sad for everyone.

  3. ali

    Just about the time I think I’ve seen it all, I realize I havn’t. This is just plain STUPID. I can only think of one child in scripture who served the LORD at this early age – Samuel – and we do not read of Samuel preaching in his nappies – but he learned and grew in the ways of the LORD.

    WITHOUT AN AUDIENCE, THIS COULD NOT HAPPEN. Shame belongs to the sheeple as well as their goat tender. The deception continues.

  4. sehaase

    I agree that major fault lies with the congregation for being such lemmings. Where is discernment? Where is Reverence?

  5. Beraca

    But, but, but…a child shall lead them….

    yeah. Straight to hell because they’re too lazy to read the bible for themselves and seek the truth.

  6. Expente Girl

    This makes me sick to my stomach. I am a preacher’s kid. My father told me I had a call on my life when I was about this boy’s age. I learned early on that it pleased my father when I did things like this. After years of being told I was called and getting plenty of praise when I did anything on the platform, I came to the idea that being called meant I was better than everyone else. When I finally left the whole pentecostal movement, it was really hard for me to function in the real world.

    I have a 6 year old niece that thinks she has the gift of healing. Her pastor parents parade her in front of the church and have her pray for the sick and annoint them with oil. Church members knock on their door at odd hours to have her pray for things like a headache or sore back. It makes me sick to my stomach. This is abuse…absolute abuse.

  7. Jon J. Cardwell

    Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
    1 Timothy 3:6

    Although this instruction was delivered to Timothy from Paul on the qualifications of a bishop (or elder), the principle of its truth is as applicable in this case with this child.

    There can certainly be no solid truth from this child… and EVEN IF his wee mind had the capacity for a great deal of knowledge with instant recall (though I don’t believe that is the case). Gospel truth is revelation truth (1 Cor 2:14), and growth in merely a knowledge of grace without a growth in the wisdom of grace will only fulfill the lust of the flesh at best (knowledge puffs up, 1 Cor 8:1), and deny the Gospel of Christ altogether at worst.

    Saw this video debacle last week too. Thanks for exposing this shameful sham.

  8. Mike Corley

    What a sad and disturbing mockery of preaching this display is and what a terrible insult to the Gospel. What can we expect from such a cult as the United Pentecostal Church? Repent!

  9. james

    I to am concerned about this video. What’s concerns me more is that the family are members of the Anti-Trinitarian United Pentecostal Church. Kanon’s father is Bishop for the Mississippi District Superintendent for the United Pentecostal Church.

    The UPC church attacks the Holy Trinity, and teaches you should only be baptized in Jesus name only. (Many of the ones I have come in contact with). I thought the JW’S, and other cults were strong in their attacks on the Holy Trinity, the UPC, is just as bad. One well known UPC on Evangelical Radio Stations is Irvin Baxter. He has duped many, thinking he himself is an Evangelical. His tape “True Christianity vs False Christianity” is full of attacks on the Holy Trinity. Matter of fact, he states”You need to leave your church is they teach the Trinity”, and gives Rev 18:1-6 as a proof text.
    His tract Why so many churches….is full of cutting statements regarding the Trinity.
    So please beware of this anti-Trinitarian organization. They want nothing to do with one of the cardinal teachings of the Historic Christian Faith.

  10. Thomas

    It really is sad that the spiritual maturity of this congregation is so low that they would see a four year old as a viable option to teach them the word. Although I didn’t really hear him say anything of note (how could he anyway…he’s 4?), he simply mimicked the foolishness he had seen practiced by his father and grandfather who as “pastors” should know better.

  11. Thomas

    Now that I think about it…the first video is probably some of the best Bible preaching those folks have had in years.

  12. Christopher M

    I used to go to a church where the Pastor carried on like a 4 year old, especially if his Christmas offering….well any offering for that matter wasn’t big enough. Dont see a whole lot of difference between that grown man and this 4 year old child…

  13. Expente Girl

    Even IHOP doesn’t let you enter their “Children’s Equipping Center” (gagging here) until you are 6 years old.

  14. Ruitje

    This looks like things that happen with young tennisplayers. Their parents want them to have the succes they never had. So they do everything to let their child be the best player.

    hese parents are doing the same thing: they want succes so they push their child to do things that a child should not do at that age. It is just for their own pride and fame.

  15. Kiwi Dave

    That takes the cake!! This is a direct quote from the main UPC website, that goes to prove thay are not only a cult, but hypocrites as well:

    The Importance of Doctrine

    “Doctrine simply means the teaching of God’s Word. In our day most people do not want sound doctrine, but they want preachers who will make them feel good (II Timothy 4:3). Nevertheless, we must love, cherish, and obey the Word of God. Merely knowing and accepting the truth is not enough; in order to escape deception and condemnation we must have a love for the truth (II Thessalonians 2:10-12).

    Therefore, Paul admonished ministers: “Give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine…. Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee” (I Timothy 4:13, 16). “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine” (II Timothy 4:2).

    By becoming established in truth, we fulfill the scriptural admonitions (1) to be studious (diligent) workers approved of God, who are not ashamed but who rightly divide (correctly handle) the Word of truth (II Timothy 2:15); (2) to use Scripture profitably for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness (II Timothy 3:16); (3) to be strong in our beliefs rather than tossed about by every wind of doctrine (Ephesians 4:14); and (4) to give answers to everyone who asks about our faith (I Peter 3:15).

    Some erroneously suppose that study deadens spirituality, but a sincere, prayerful study of biblical doctrine will enhance spirituality. In fact, true spirituality can only develop from a solid understanding of God’s Word. The truth sets us free spiritually (John 8:32). The more we comprehend divine principles, the more God’s power will operate in our lives and in our churches.

    Another erroneous assumption is that there is little connection between belief and conduct. To the contrary, inadequate or false views will definitely affect our choices and actions. The more we assimilate divine principles, the more Christ-like we will become in daily life.
    The way to attain maturity in the faith is to have a balance of doctrine and spirituality. We must be zealous to hear, read, and study God’s Word, and we must be equally zealous to pray, worship God, and have fellowship with one another.”

    So, where is there super-strict “adherence” to Biblical teachings with having a 4-year old boy
    as the “minister of God”. You already know their eachings on the Godhead, but those passages above relate directly to the vaery fact that they have an unsaved child supposedly preaching the Word of God, which is absurd as God did not choose babies and toddlers to preach the Gospel. They are in total disobedeience to every single scripture that they quote above, and this is an abomination in the eyes of a Holy and Righteous God. I wonder if that little boy can even say “exhortation”.

  16. Heather

    Let me first say that I truly do understand what you are saying and agree to a point.

    IF they are allowing this little boy to be up there for the “entire sermon” and they ‘re not delivering the Word of God to a congregation full of hurting and needy people then I certainly agree there is a huge problem.

    However, I would venture to say that they are simply trying to encourage this child in their faith and that he’s not preaching to the entire congregation for the duration of the service. I’m hoping this is just an “after the sermon, entertainment type of thing”

    There is definitely a fine line of how far to go in this type of situation without a doubt.

  17. Doug

    What did a 22 month old have to repent of? He didn’t even understand the concept. Two years later is just two years further into error.
    This is child abuse.

  18. Cop

    So they expect Godly message from a 4 year old who can’t read and JUST learned how to pee in the toilet?

    And just a note: If a FOUR YEAR OLD can do the same job you’ve been doing for years. Your job doesn’t require a lot ( as in not reading and studing the Bible), and you need to find other employment.

  19. Sergio

    Whats the difference between the show Toddlers & Tiaras and this? Just some makeup and a wardrobe change. Whats the same? Parents that should be committed.

  20. iwanthetruth


    When yu say this, …congregation full of hurting and needy people then I certainly agree there is a huge problem.

    What do you mean? What are the hurts and needy?

  21. Gwen Hughes

    What were they thinking? This is a church, not karaoke. I can only see that the parents are eager to cash in on their precocious preacher. But at what cost?

    Watching the video, I suspected Ed McMahon was about to wander out onto the ‘stage.’ Very distracting and not at all religious. These parents do not ‘get it’. Even Dobson wouldn’t have allowed this.

  22. Doug

    Just tonight I was thinking of this post when, after the evening service, a few of us went to the local ice cream shop to ‘fellowship over malts’. My pastor was there with his four and a half year old son, who was chattering away with a friend in the next booth. We love the little guy, but we wouldn’t stand for him getting up and preaching. That would be nonsense, and my pastor would never even consider such a thing.

  23. Paul Gesh

    This kid has the potential to grow up to be a “great preacher” like TD, Benny, Toddy, Kenny, Rodney, etc. (Let us all pray that this will never happen!)

  24. Revelation 2:5

    From that clip, all I see is entertainment and exploitation and a sweet little boy caught up in the mix.

  25. Carolyn

    I have a 5 year old grandson. Believe me…the show that is going on here is a mockery of God’s holiness and truth. There is nothing in this childish “act” that has any power to renew the mind or clear the guilty conscience. This is heart breaking that we should even have to discuss this and the fact that this congregation is this simple minded reminds me of those who set up idols whether they be Mary, Queen of Heaven, saintly statues or wooden idols.
    Good comments everyone… I have this to add:

    Isaiah 40:18-20 (New International Version)
    18 With whom, then, will you compare God?
    To what image will you liken him?
    19 As for an idol, a metalworker casts it,
    and a goldsmith overlays it with gold
    and fashions silver chains for it.
    20 A person too poor to present such an offering
    selects wood that will not rot;
    they look for a skilled worker
    to set up an idol that will not topple.
    They have set this little guy up as an idol in their midst. The silliness is incomprehensible.

  26. Mike A

    I actually had a conversation with some of my co-workers yesterday concerning this very lad. They have 1 foot in church and 1 foot out, but even they were able to easily discern that this young man is merely mocking what he has seen from both father and grandfather. Pray for the little boy – pray for his family.

  27. Rev's Kate & Rich M.

    Hi Carolyn–looks like you’re back and to your “old self”– those scary monster icon thingy’s; why Chrystal does this to us, I have no idea–why Chrystal, why I ask? I’ll miss my pink heart chicken whatever it was, she was cuter.

    Change is good, it keeps us on our toes… at least that’s what I’m told.:) K

    PS– We had that earthquake here on Tues., now we’re getting ready for Hurricane Irene–we’re in for it, yikes.

  28. Carolyn

    @Kate – button down the shutters and butter up the hatches…that’s an idiocy for when the storms are coming. Hope that made you laugh, my friend. And I pray that you will be safe.

    Sounds like what Jesus told us to expect when he plainly told his disciples what it would be like before his return:

    Luke 21:25 “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26 People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.

    But the good news is:

    28 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
    29 He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees.
    Look what is happening to Israel(the fig tree) and look what is happening to all the trees(the rest of the world).

    Scary times….but we are to comfort each other with these thoughts…that we are listening for the shout that will break us free of this old reeling planet when we will be caught up to meet him in the air. (Thessalonian4:17) See you soon, blue monster….


    These people are…being taught by a four year old? Wow…I didn’t even see that one coming. The landscape of American churches…

  30. sammy smith

    The charismatics do not concern themselves with scriptural content.They are only concerned with their emotions.Being raised in a charismatic church,I faked speaking in tongues to please the pastor and congregation.I then realized how fake the whole charismatic movement really was.These people are so ignorant,and unlearned about the Bible it is shameful.The upc is a cult and it should be exposed as such.4 year olds do not know anything about the Bible,and his parents should be ashamed by displaying him as a preacher.It is sad that the congregation is this ignorant.

  31. Tammmi

    Have you ever read the bible out of the mouth of babes””, let the little children come on to me for there is the kingdom of God, instruct your children in the way of the lord…..
    Why must we always be so judgmental about everything? What is so perverse about a four year old trying to preach even if it’s his parents instructing him on what to say?
    If he had been answering mathematical equation people would say he is a genius ,
    But with the word of God you are angry forgetting that God can use anyone to draw attention,
    Why are you not getting angry about the ass that spoke in the bible?
    If a four year old can start absolving the word of God into him now , imagine what great things he will do for the Lord when is older and has so much truth in him…..

  32. Rev's Kate & Rich M.

    Thanks Carolyn–we all here in the Northeast took a hit–doin’ fine, lots w/o power and gettin’ crankier by the minute. NYC did great–proud of them.

    Yesiree, we’re lookin’ and liftin’ our heads–and a cute little note: Rich planted a fig tree a few weeks ago and the darling little guy is still standing. The squirrels and birdies high-tailed outta town and are nicely back fixin’ up their leafy homes.

    Your scripture was perfect; and fearful and terrified, hearts failing from fear–too real.

    God bless, sister. K

  33. zengardener

    No. He should not be in the pews with his mother. He should not be in the child’s classroom. He should be far away from all of this nonsense.

  34. Carolyn

    Tammmi – genius??? Did you listen to his preaching? He has a 4 year old brain, he thrusts his 4 year old arm into the air and shouts in a 4 year old voice some disjointed phrases and play acts his theatrics onstage. He mimics what he has heard and seen from the adult world. This is a 4 year old at play. Yes I agree parents should be instructing their children in the Lord, not the other way around. This exploitation of a child offends me, because it is a performance. He is a “mini me” of his father. At best this is mockery of real preaching, at worst…idolatry of something that isn’t real(an image). A 4 year old preacher is not the real thing…just a mock up, a clone, an imitation without substance. If he is still doing this when he is older…shudder…he still will have no understanding…just a lot of froth and foam and fizz.

    Kate – watching Irene was intense. So relieved that you are ok. It’s nice that you are finding rays of sunshine even amid this storm. Wow… truly a storm of epic proportions! My thoughts and prayers are with you and all those who are experiencing the after effects.

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