Thursday, November 29, 2012

Teaching Children How to Commit Fornication is Wrong

This is series of articles designed to help professing Christians to turn from their wicked ways and get back to following New Testament ethics.  Compromise is increasing in the church.  Popular opinion among churchgoers is often in stark contrast to the very words of Jesus on many issues.  Christians need to know the word of God and get back to using it as a reference book when they are faced with important decisions.

The week I am reposting an article that I wrote several years ago.  It is still true now just as much as it was then.

Some Christians say that “safe” sex education is important because more and more teenagers are getting pregnant and contracting STDs at younger and younger ages.  They do not want to teach abstinence only because that would “impose their faith” on others.  Real Christians could never believe in making sinful, sexual suggestions to children.  They will never believe in giving any advice about sin except to condemn it and to help bring people out of it.  Romans 13:14 says, “Put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and MAKE NOT PROVISION FOR THE FLESH, TO FULFILL THE LUSTS THEREOF.” 

II Timothy 4:2, 3 says, “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but AFTER OWN LUSTS SHALL THEY HEAP TO THEMSELVES TEACHERS, having itching ears.”  1 Timothy 4:16 says, "Pay CLOSE ATTENTION to yourself and to your TEACHING; persevere in these things; for as you do this you will INSURE SALVATION both for YOURSELF and for THOSE WHO HEAR YOU."

This “safe” fornication education plants dirty, lustful thoughts into the minds of children.  Sin should be treated like deadly poison and the minds of children should be treated as if they are the most precious, valuable, and vulnerable thing on the planet.  “When lust has conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” (James 1:15)  Therefore, there is no “safe” sin.  If you imply that there is, then you are being deceitful even if you’re giving factual information.  Suppose a man had a disease that his knows will soon become deadly and painful, and there is complete cure that his doctor knew would work.  Would this doctor lecture him about over-the-counter pain medicines as if that were a satisfactory alternative?  Would he give him a lollipop to make him feel good?

“But among you there must not be even a HINT of sexual immorality, or any kind impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.  Nor should there be obscenity…” (Ephesians 5:3, 4)  “Have NOTHING TO DO with the fruitless DEEDS OF DARKNESS, but rather expose them.  For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.”  (Ephesians 5:11, 12)  Ephesians 4:29 says, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”  The “safe” fornication advocates should have their mouths washed out with soap and water.  

Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.”  It sometimes seems like passages like this need not be in the Bible.  Isn’t this obvious?  Not to some people.  They think that sometimes it’s better to train a child in the way he shouldn’t go.  God had the foresight to see that Satan would twist their minds.  

A real Christian would never put a stumbling block in the way of a sinner.  (Leviticus 19:14b)  Not only do the false Christians corrupt their own children, but they arrogantly force this disgusting teaching on our children at our expense (through taxes).  If someone causes a Christian child to sin, it would be better for that person to be thrown into the sea with a millstone around his neck.  (Matthew 18:6-9)  II Peter 2:14 says, “Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children”.  II Peter 2:17-19 says, “These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they ALLURE THROUGH THE LUSTS OF THE FLESH, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. While THEY PROMISE THEM LIBERTY, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is HE BROUGHT IN BONDAGE.”            

It does not matter whether the statistics show that this “safe sex” teaching “works”.  Pregnancy and STD prevention are not worth the price of leading children down a path of sin.  What an unholy bargain with the devil this is!  No man can serve two masters:  for either he will HATE the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and DESPISE the other.  (Matthew 6:24)  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit.  (Matthew 7:17)  Some may say, “Teenagers are going have sex anyway, so we may as well reduce the suffering and negative economic impact of it.”  But the Bible says, “So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view.” (II Corinthians 5:16)  This passage, taken in context, shows the difference between someone who has only head knowledge of what the cross means and one who really believes it in his heart.  “For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, NOT WITH FLESHLY WISDOM, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.”  (II Corinthians 1:12)

Some people say that I am self-righteous for saying these things.  What could be more SELF-righteous than saying, “I’m going to be a virgin until marriage, but I am going to teach children how NOT to be a virgin.”?  Romans 1 says that “God gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves” because they know “the judgment of God, that they which commit such are worthy of death”.

They also say, “how dare you judge me?”  (Matthew 7:1 says, “Judge not lest you be judged.”)  I am not judging, but warning.  If someone wants to warn me of something that I am doing that will cause me to go hell so that my soul will be saved, then they should by all means do so.  I can take it.  Judging means passing sentence on someone (compare verses 47 and 48 of John 12).  Jesus said, “Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man.”  Putting filthy ideas into someone’s mind is passing a sentence on them.  “For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”  God will allow Satan to put filthy thoughts and sickening lustful urges into their flesh forever.  “God is not mocked.  For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” (Galatians 6:7)  Whatever deeds you have done, you will receive the same in your own body.  (II Corinthians 5:10, Galatians 6:8)

There is, however, something that you should teach your children to put on to protect themselves.  It’s the armor of God.  “For we wrestle NOT against FLESH and blood, but against PRICIPALITIES, against POWERS, against the RULERS of the darkness of THIS WORLD, against spiritual WICKEDNESS IN HIGH PLACES.”  (Ephesians 6:12)

To anyone reading this that claims to be a Christian and is still not convinced, I would say this:

How can you believe in suggesting to a child a way to commit a sin that Jesus Christ had to be beaten, whipped, and nailed to a cross for?  Could you look a bloody, exhausted, battered Jesus in the eye and still say that this is the right thing to do?  In order to be saved, you must believe in the simple, common sense idea that it is always good to teach good things, and always bad to teach bad things.  Unless you change and become like a little child, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  (Matthew 18:3)  “Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent, and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.”  (James 1:21)  “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,”  (II Corinthians 6:17).  “Whosoever is a friend of the world is the enemy of God…cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”  (James 4:4, 8)

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