Compromise Kept Increasing and Evil Slowly Became Good

Compromise Kept Increasing and Evil Slowly Became Good

Written By Jonas Sikes

Why is this generation of kids, out of touch with Jesus, more disrespectful than ever, not caring about anything what so ever?

Well, lets take a look back in time… not so long ago, there was a generation who started to ignore God’s Word, allow the devil into their homes, via cable TV, and in many cases, had two to three jobs so they weren’t really home doing the “Family Thing”

Compromise kept increasing and much evil slowly became good….

Now their children grew up in a compromised world and were brainwashed into thinking God is okay with sin, because Jesus loves… it did not matter much that God’s Word was continuing to be ignored, the love for the world became the way… the desire for the best of the best, from shoes, to clothes, to computers, to game consoles, to televisions and cell phones…. the Greed and Love for worldly treasures ruled the hearts of many!!

Now because of two generations of compromise, removing God out of the schools, there is now an incredible movement known as political correctness… everything has become acceptable.. everything is being condoned….. much sin is often getting defended….. by (Christians) (???) while the Holy Word of God has been put on the back burner! Kicked to the curb… pushed aside!

Our preachers don’t have the fire of the Holy Ghost because most of them are in much compromise as well… or they have been paid off and bought… meaning they can’t preach Repentance, Righteousness, & Holiness… and obedience… because “Church” has become a big time money making machine…..they are motivational speakers at best…… Church memberships are so important… Discipleship is a thing of the past (sad)……

So you ask me why are our children into more drugs than ever before, having more abortions than ever before, disrespecting everything more than ever before, getting pregnant more than ever before, committing suicide more than ever before?

Maybe because two generations ago, those parents FAILED to train their children up the Right way…..

Which caused a trickle down effect and now there is a counterfeit Christianity where people ACTUALLY think they are Christians just because they think they are… just because they say they are…. truth is… they don’t know God… nor do most of the parents…

When the Bible is no longer respected, and man’s opinions have taken over….. That is why this generation of kids are so far from God…..

I feel badly for the world that is awaiting their kids.. it will no doubt be a full blown Sodom and Gomorrah type of world with no God in it what so ever…..

What can you do?

Teach & preach Jesus!
Teach and preach the importance and the significance of repentance & Righteous living!!!
Be honest, no matter the cost
Stop compromising!
Obey the Lord!
Be the example by obeying the Word!
Quit listening to man’s opinions

God Bless!

Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little.
Isaiah 28:9, 10

Forsaking the Husband of Her Youth

Forsaking the Husband of Her Youth

Women are filing 80 percent of divorces! This should not be. Many today have conveniently forgotten the vow they made to God and all of the witnesses that were at their wedding. The vow that they would remain married to their husbands until death do they part, even through the good times and the bad times. More people are covenantbreakers (Romans 1:31) instead of covenantkeepers which is tragic on many levels.

Women in past generations needed their husbands as their providers and protectors. This is the way God intended marriages to function and it was good. Feminism has convinced women that they are better on their own and an original intention of feminism was to destroy marriages which they have successfully accomplished. God has warned us about women like these.

Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.
Proverbs 2:17

“Not God, the God of her life, and who had provided for her from her youth up; nor her parent that had taken care of her in her infancy, and had been the guardian of her virgin state; but her husband, to whom she was married in her youth, and to whom she gave up herself to be guided and directed, ruled and governed, by…and forgetteth the covenant of her God: not the covenant made with Noah, in which adultery, as well as other things, were forbidden; nor the law of Moses, or covenant at Sinai, in which it was condemned; but the marriage covenant, which she entered into with her husband when espoused to him, and when they mutually obliged themselves to be faithful to one another: and this is called ‘the covenant of God’; not only because God is the author and instituter of marriage, and has directed and enjoined persons to enter into such a contract with one another; but because he is present at it, and is a witness of such an engagement, mid is appealed unto in it; which, as it adds to the solemnity of it, makes the violation of it the more criminal.” (Gill’s Exposition)

As John Piper wrote in his article Staying Married is Not Staying in Love:

“The most ultimate thing we can say about marriage is that it exists for God’s glory. That is, it exists to display God. Now we see how: marriage is patterned after Christ’s covenant relationship to the church. And therefore the highest meaning and the most ultimate purpose of marriage is to put the covenant relationship of Christ and his church on display. That is why marriage exists. If you are married, that is why you are married.

“Staying married, therefore, is not about staying in love. It is about keeping covenant. ‘Till death do us part,’ or, ‘As long as we both shall live’ is sacred covenant promise — the same kind Jesus made with his bride when he died for her. Therefore, what makes divorce and remarriage so horrific in God’s eyes is not merely that it involves covenant breaking to the spouse, but that it involves misrepresenting Christ and his covenant. Christ will never leave his wife. Ever. There may be times of painful distance and tragic backsliding on our part. But Christ keeps his covenant forever. Marriage is a display of that!”

What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
Mark 10:9

The World is Too Evil to Have Children?

The World is Too Evil to Have Children?

Many young couples don’t want to have children because they are fearful and see how evil the world is around them. Should they bring children into this world when there is so much turmoil? I was listening to Nancy Wolgemuth last week and she was sharing the idea that we are living on the dot. Time on this earth is short, very short compared to eternity. Eternity is the line after the dot. Are you living for the dot or for eternity?

God commanded that we be fruitful and multiply and He’s never taken back this command. He tells us that the man who has a quiverful is blessed and that children are a gift from Him. Recently, I have been watching three of my grandchildren a lot. I love it! They bring so much joy into our lives. We often laugh at and with them. I can’t imagine anyone not wanting to bring the joy of children into their lives if God blesses them with them!

Birth control and not wanting children are not from God. The mindset that we shouldn’t have children because of the evil culture we live in is not from God, either. Because we live for the line (eternity) instead of the dot (here and now), we don’t have to live in fear. We have freedom from fear! We don’t need to fear the future since we know what our future holds and that God controls the future.

When I asked the women in the chat room about this question, Lindsay Harold responded with the following:

“Having children and raising them to know the Lord and make a difference in their world is one of the best ways to make the world a better place. Plus, while our society is certainly in decline, we still have far more freedom, wealth, health, and knowledge of God than most of the people who have ever lived. Countless generations before us managed to bear and raise children in a truly terrible world. Most did not even know if their children would survive to adulthood. If they could raise children in poverty, in squalor, in a godless world, and hold out hope for a better tomorrow, who are we to complain or lose hope when we live in far more wealth and luxury than the kings of their time and we know that the King of Kings has come and given us new life?

“Every child in a Christian home is a tangible hope that life will go on, more people will be taught about God, and more people will be in heaven. That’s far more important than an idealized and impractical notion that children should only be born into the most perfect of situations. If our ancestors had taken that view, none of us would be here.”

We are choosing to either live on the dot of the here and now and have the attitude that Gina has towards not having children: “That’s a good thing! The world is overpopulated. We need less sperm count and less straight couples reproducing.” Or you can live on the line of eternity and have the attitude Amanda has about having children: “If every Christian couple that were able, had many children and raised them in God’s ways, there would be so many more Christians in the world – families raising up their small armies for the Lord – more of a majority to stand for the things of the Lord. Maybe so much wickedness wouldn’t be abounding.”

Let’s live for eternity, women. Every child that you bring into this world is an eternal soul and a blessing. Raise your children up in the Lord and in His wonderful ways. In this way, you are making  your spot on this dot a beautiful  and joy-filled place!

Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.
Psalm 127:5

“The Boy Crisis” Book’s Horrible Solution

“The Boy Crisis” Book’s Horrible Solution

God is a God of beauty and order. The roles He has ordained are for beauty and order. As the Church submits to Christ, wives are to submit to their husbands. This brings beauty and order to marriage. Husbands as providers and wives as keepers at home bring beauty and order. Nothing but chaos results when we leave God’s created order.

In the book “The Boy Crisis,” the authors clearly spell out the problems boys and men are having today. “The boy crisis cannot be solved, then, without addressing the most important single crisis in developed countries: dad-deprived children and especially dad-deprived boys. The boy crisis’ primary cause is dad-deprived boys. Depriving a child of his or her dad is depriving a child of part of her or his life. Dads – like moms, air, and water – are essential to our lives. Dad-enriched boys tend to fill the purpose void with constructive new senses of purpose; dad-deprived boys are more likely to either drown in their purpose void, or fill it with destructive senses of purpose.”

I have only read about a fourth of this book but a few of their solutions are unbiblical and are what have led to this boy crisis of fatherless boys. “Help our daughters and sons free themselves from the rigid roles of the past toward more flexible roles for their future” and “The good news is gender roles within your son’s lifetime have the potential for a greater liberation of rigid roles for our son as well as your daughter.”

No, Dr. Farrell and Dr. Gray, we can’t leave the “rigid roles of the past” and expect good results. God has created mothers with their sensitive and emotional nature to be the ones home full time with their children and He has created fathers with testosterone pumping through their bodies to be the ones to protect and provide for their families. These roles create beauty and order in families. Leaving these roles will continue to create chaos.

Yes, I do agree that boys desperately need fathers. I believe mothers need to stay married to their son’s fathers until death do they part. I believe fathers need to make time to be with their sons and model godly manhood to them. They need to teach their sons to work hard and be faithful but they don’t need their fathers to take their mother’s role in their lives and they don’t need their mothers to take their father’s role of providing. This isn’t how God created it to be.

God is perfect and His will is perfect for us. If we expect to get good results in raising children, we must follow His instruction manual. He created us and knows exactly what He created us for. Let’s not mess with His created order.

Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.
Jeremiah 6:16

*I do recommend this book even though the authors write highly of the Women’s Rights movement. They do tackle many of the problems boys and men are having today and give some great solutions so it’s worth reading, however, I wanted to make a huge disclaimer of why I can’t wholeheartedly endorse it.

Dead While She Lives

Dead While She Lives

Are you dead while you live? We live in a culture that worships pleasure. We don’t like quiet lives but feel the need to be entertained at every moment with television, music, and/or the Internet thinking only about ourselves instead of serving others. We have become seekers of pleasure rather than seekers of God. Most of those who call themselves Christians spend little to no time in the Word of God and learning from Him. No, they would rather learn and be entertained by the ways of the world.

The Apostle Paul, in giving instructions to widows, wrote about two different types of widows. One type were those who seek God and “continue in supplications and prayers night and day” (1 Timothy 5:5). They love the Lord and seek to please Him in all that they do. In contrast, the other types of widows don’t trust and rely on the Lord “but [they] that live in pleasure are dead while [they] live” (1 Timothy 5:6).

We are told that in the end times, which we are presently living in, many will be “lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God” (2 Timothy 3:4). Even many Christians care more about seeking pleasure than seeking the Lord. If this is the case for you, then you are dead while you live. What does this mean?

“It properly means to live in luxury, voluptuously; to indulge freely in eating and drinking; to yield to the indulgence of the appetites. It does not indicate grossly criminal pleasures; but the kind of pleasure connected with luxurious living, and with pampering the appetites” (Barnes’ Notes).

Do you pamper and indulge your appetites? We are to be known for being temperate in everything. “And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things” (1 Corinthians 9:25). Temperate means that we are moderate and not given to excess. We practice self-denial and self-control. We say “no” to the flesh and constantly seeking pleasure and “yes” to righteousness and serving others. We hide His Word in our hearts and allow Him to transform us as we renew our minds with truth so that we can live lives that are pleasing unto the Lord and bring Him glory.

“But she that liveth in pleasure,…. Voluptuously, and deliciously; lives a wanton, loose, and licentious life, serving divers lusts and pleasures:, is dead while she liveth; is dead in trespasses and sins, while she lives in them; is dead morally or spiritually, while she lives a natural or corporeal life” (Gill’s Exposition).

Women who are dead while they live don’t search scriptures to see how they are to live: how they are to dress, act, and speak. No, they go along with what culture is doing. They dress immodestly. They act according to their emotions and feelings and do as they please. They speak negatively about others and have no problems using swear words.

As godly women, we are called to live lives that are pleasing to the Lord, not pleasing to ourselves. Many falsely believe that if they continually seek to be entertained that they will be happy but no, when we seek to serve others and deny ourselves is when we find true happiness. “Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the Lord.” (Psalm 144:15). Joy comes from obeying and serving the Lord, not from serving ourselves and our pleasures.

“The widow-woman who could so forget her sorrow and her duty is spoken of as a living corpse, and sharply contrasted with her far happier sister, who, dead to the pleasures of the flesh, living a life of prayer and of self-denial, in the true sense of the word, may be spoken of as living” (Ellicott’s Commentary).

It is in living a life of prayer and self-denial that fills our lives with joy. May we all be like “happier” widows who live their lives for the Lord and in serving others since only in living for the Lord are we able to find lasting joy and satisfaction. We don’t find our strength in being busy and seeking pleasure. No, we find our strength in quietness and in trust. This is the truly abundant life!

Egalitarian Marriages Cause Contention

Egalitarian Marriages Cause Contention

Most couples have had arguments about their roles in marriage. Most wives want their husbands to help with the home and children. Some husbands want their wives to make money and contribute financially to the home. This usually causes a lot of conflict, especially for women who want to have careers and aren’t interested in being full-time mothers or homemakers and husbands who see dollars signs instead of the value of having a mother home full time with his children.

As believers, we know that God has ordained men as head over their wives. We know that He has ordained that women be keepers at home and look well to the ways of their household. Wives are to be submissive and obedient to their husbands. Men are ordained to make a living for their families. These are God’s perfect ways. We always get in trouble when we depart from His ways. Lindsay Harold gives a great illustration of this.

“Egalitarianism (mutual submission) is like having a shared lawn with your neighbor while complementarianism (wives live in submission to their husbands) is like having separate lawns.

“If you share a lawn with your neighbor, you might have an expectation that he do half of the work to maintain it, and if he does nothing or very little to maintain the lawn, you are likely to feel anger towards him for not doing his share of the shared work. But if you have your own lawn and your neighbor has his, then you work on your own lawn and he does his. And if he ever comes over to mow your lawn for you, you feel grateful for his help and it builds goodwill between you. Why? Because he did something for you that he didn’t have to do.

“In a marriage, it works much the same way. If you feel that all work should be shared equally, and none of it is solely any one person’s job, then you’ll be checking to see if the other person is doing their fair share and you’ll get angry if they don’t. But if you have separate chores for him and for her, then not only is there less strife over who is doing enough of the work, but when you get help from the other person, you feel gratitude. It’s not just grudgingly accepting that they did what they should have done, but actual gratitude and goodwill. And that makes a huge difference.”

As a wise pastor once taught, “Expectations are resentment waiting to happen.” Don’t allow expectations to destroy your relationship with your husband. The Lord has made him head over your and He has called you to submit to his leadership. When this is followed, there is peace.

Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
Ephesians 5:22, 23

Not Teaching Exceptions and What Ifs

Not Teaching Exceptions and What Ifs

God commands that I teach women to be keepers at home so this is what I will teach no matter how much backlash I receive from it. But what if a woman asks me if it is okay for her to work two days a week? I would tell her “no” since she is called to be a keeper at home as God has commanded. Let’s say she decides to work two days a week and puts her child into daycare and that child is molested, abused, or neglected which does happen? I dare not compromise God’s command to me and take responsibility for possible harm to the child. God gave mothers to children for protection.

What if a wife asks if she can work at night while her husband watches the children? Yes, he works all day and then would come home and watch the children because she “enjoys” working. I am not going to take responsibility when the marriage falls apart because they had little time together and she was too exhausted to be a proper help meet to him.

I’m not giving exceptions and what ifs. Those are up to each of you to decide. I’m committed to teaching what God has told me to teach. You’re going to have to take sole responsibility for going outside of God’s will and plan for you. I sure don’t want it on my conscience. I want no part in having God’s Word blasphemed.

This is why God has commanded older women to teach young women to love their children and be keepers at home. It’s not a natural tendency to give up self and its desires to do what is in the best interest of children which is to have their mother home full time caring, loving, training, and disciplining them. This takes a lot of time, patience, gentleness, and consistency which can get tedious but this is storing treasures in heaven where they belong. There is absolutely NO greater joy than to have children who walk in truth. None.

That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
Titus 2:4, 5

Wives Suffering Under Patriarchy

Wives Suffering Under Patriarchy

The word “Patriarchy” has very bad connotations these days. The word simply means “the male head of a family or tribe” but feminists have fought hard to get rid of Patriarchy because of the “cruelness” and “unfairness” of it. I asked the women in the chat room this question: “Can you all share with me the pain and misery you are suffering under Patriarchy? I need to make a blog post about this to warn women of God’s ways.”

Verna: “A happy marriage. It’s dreadful.”

Nicole: “On the contrary, I’m suffering from being OUT from under Patriarchy! I anxiously await the day my husband will be restored to his rightful place in our home as head over our family.”

Diane: “I am suffering terribly with this man who gets up every morning at 4:30 am and works from 5:00 am until anywhere from 4:00 to 6:00 pm every day building machines. He also leaves me on Saturdays from 4:00 am until noon. Then he comes home and does things like cutting out a wall to put in a new sliding glass door for me. Then he takes me to church every Sunday morning. He says he loves me. He gives me a nice vehicle to drive and a credit card to buy all the gas I want. He pays all the bills and gives me more grocery money than I need. He takes me away on trips now and then and always remembers my birthday and our anniversary. I get to stay home, homeschool, keep house, and cook everyday. I have had the joy of raising three daughters, and now I get to enjoy grandchildren. Someone rescue me from this pain and misery!”

Taylor: “Yeah I never have to work a ‘real job’ another day in my life and I don’t have to trust strangers with my children. It’s the WORST 😜.”

Candis: “I don’t have cable or dish/tv, can you believe it? He makes me live without it. He makes me go on cruise ships, stay at home with my twin girls, drive a brand new mini-van. And I didn’t get anything for Christmas but a brand new bathroom! He only asks that the bed be made and ice tea…Save Me! lol”

Kylene: “I get to stay home with my children and homeschool them. I get to teach them, influence them, cook nutritious meals for my family, etc. When my husband is off work, I get to be with him instead of at work (and so do my children because they’re here, too). We’re all so oppressed. 🙄”

Christine: “When I’ve been so scared I couldn’t talk, he was there with words.
When I couldn’t see straight because of tears, he lead me.
When I couldn’t find the time, he made time
When I didn’t have the energy, he lifted me.
When I thought I couldn’t love enough, he showed me how!
He loves me just like Jesus loves his church.”

Patricia: “We had a terrible hail storm last April. It destroyed our vinyl siding, roof, and screens on the house. Because of patriarchy, I didn’t have to deal with insurance adjusters, roofers, and contractors. I was able to be in the house making my husband his favorite rice pudding during the final inspections. It’s rough, Lori Alexander ❤”

Carlee: “It’s so hard to get to be around my child all day and not have to worry about him being in someone else’s care. It is the worst when he’s sick and I don’t get to go to work and hope someone else notices his symptoms the way I do. And my husband is so controlling – he insists I take time to care for myself and will occasionally force me to rest while he picks up dinner on his way home. I get to have a clean house at my leisure and home-cooked meals daily! I never get to experience the heartbreak and confusion of casual sex or wondering where I stand with this guy I hooked up with. I get to have the same man all the time and he comes with a legally binding commitment to me. How boring! 😫”

Molly: “I have received more blessings than I ever deserve because of my father and husband. I’ve been loved, cared for, and valued by both. I can’t stand the disdain our culture seems to have for men in general. It’s so dumb and no different than old-fashioned bigotry of hating entire groups of people just because. I thank God everyday for my husband, who is humble and hard-working. Last week, he took off time from work to go with me to a doctor appointment because I was scared. He drives me wherever I need to go and is much calmer and wiser than I am. It’s clear that God wants me to look up to my husband and listen to him, and I regret that I didn’t always treat him that way. Thank you, Lori and friends on this page, for showing me the light! I feel badly for my friends who never married because they are missing out on that provision and love.”

Libby: “The cruel Patriarchy I grew up with is a loving father who is to this day affectionate and kind to myself and my daughters. And I have a wicked, wicked husband who provides a comfy life and works his booty off for me. It’s so difficult when he helps me around the house even when I don’t ask him, and he goes out of his way to bless my day with happiness.”

Chelsea: “I’m provided for, I have a kitchen full of food without ever needing to make a paycheck. My children have never gone without yet I never have to leave their side. I have a doting, loving husband who kisses my forehead and cuddles me all night. I’m able to fulfill all of my dreams with his help and support and I have the freedom to do everything I’ve ever wanted. I’m living out my purpose every single day and get to go to sleep at night feeling fulfilled knowing I have healthy, intelligent children because of my ability to spend undivided time with them. It’s terrible.”

Nicole: “I get so tired, I take a nap most days after we are done homeschooling and the little ones are napping. It’s awful. 😴😂”

Sonja: “No pain and suffering here. I’m so thankful that I am protected from the world by a man who is happy to have me at home.”

Here are some thoughts on Patriarchy by Ken:

“One hears a great deal today about ‘the end of hierarchy… This is blatant nonsense. In any institution there has to be a final authority, that is, a ‘boss’—someone who can make the final decisions and who can expect them to be obeyed.” (Peter Drucker, Management Challenges for the 21st Century). If the greatest mind we have had on management and organizational structure clearly says that we need “someone who can make the final decision” in every organization, why not the family and marriage?

As we were walking tonight Lori told me she posted a tongue-in-cheek question in her chat room asking “How are you doing under Patriarchy?” I am not a big fan of the word Patriarchy as I don’t see the word in the Bible and it carries with it a mix of false connotations and some real sins committed by false religion under the guise of Christianity. If Patriarchy means a father is the head of his home and he rules it with servant leadership, I am all in. If it means a father is in any way unloving or unChristian towards his wife and family I want nothing to do with it and neither should you.

The Patriarchy of the Old Testament was necessary for tribal leadership. Imagine that we had all our four kids and soon to be seven grandkids all living under one roof or compound and issues came up that needed to be decided. The idea that we would all get together in a room and talk it out is a great American ideal, but so impractical, as not only does “decision by committee” take a lot of time, but what do you do when you cannot get consensus?

“We are running out of grazing land and food for the family and animals and need to move on, Dad. Should I call everyone together to decide when and where we should go now?”

“The Amorites are attacking from the south and will be here before dusk! Should we have a family meeting to decide what to do?”

Patriarchy in the Old Testament was the result of a necessity that God addressed by making the men of the family the leaders, and the oldest of the men, the elders, the final decision makers. It was a necessary model of organization that served the tribe well and kept disputes and conflict under control while providing direction and leadership. Remember, much of the family in these days worked within the family business too, and that business was owned and operated by Dad.

I do not see the OT model of Patriarchy in the New Testament, nor do I see the necessity or benefit of a father making decisions for his grown sons and their families who are not living under the same roof. For that matter, a Christian father should be trying to distance his influence over his sons and daughters as they become adults and allow them to create and govern their own family units. My job of being Patriarch ended the day that my child left home for good, and now they must make their own way in life, hopefully God’s way. I certainly am available to them for counsel if they choose to use me as their sounding board, but I have no intention of making any family decisions for them.

So what does the New Testament teach? It teaches that a husband is to be the head of his wife and rule his house well, with love, joy, peace, goodness and all of the fruit of the Spirit flowing through him. He is to be the leader of his home, yet his leadership depends mainly on a wife who loves, respects and willfully submits to his leadership. The husband as leader of his home is to be the final decision maker that is necessary for a healthy organization and family, but his decisions should not be self-serving, but rather focused on the family as a whole and the well being of each of its members.

I much prefer the word leader to Patriarch for our NT times, and I can’t over-emphasize that a Christian wife following her husband is voluntary and cannot be forced. If a wife chooses to be difficult and disobedient to God’s Word, a godly husband’s recourse is limited to conversation, prayer, and perhaps allowing her to suffer the natural consequences of her rebellion to his leadership. Just like Christ does not appear to be zapping us for our disobedience towards Him and His Word, so, too, a husband must be patient to wait upon the Lord to work on his wife’s heart to bring her to a desire to be Christian in her behavior.

“All things Christian” must be the motto of our homes, and when one or the other spouse goes away from what is clearly taught in God’s Word the family suffers. But what does it look like when a wife accepts her husband’s leadership in her life and marriage? Hear it from the words of those who are experiencing God’s blessings by doing things God’s ways. God’s ways can’t be put into a word like Patriarchy, or even leadership.

When the Spirit of Christ is flowing in and through two of his children who want to make for themselves a fabulous marriage and family, the results can be spectacular as the women shared above. I was not Patriarch, but I was a faithful servant of my God and I lead my family well, even when my difficult wife at times refused to follow, then became the best wife I could have ever imagined. The result of God’s work is now four other families who love doing things God’s ways and are extending God’s promises down to another generation of God’s family.

For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
Ephesians 5:23

Sending Children to School to Be Salt and Light

Sending Children to School to Be Salt and Light

One of the main arguments for sending Christian children to public schools is so that they can be salt and light. Is this a valid argument? Here is what Lindy Johnson had to say about it.

“If we are to go and be salt and light, why do parents never put their kids in Muslim schools? Those schools could certainly use some light. Why don’t they send their kids to the bars on the weekends to preach the Gospel?

“And how can a kindergartner who is not even saved yet be salt and light?

“And how can we teach our kids to be salt and light if they are not with us to see our example?

“Do we just ignore the Biblical commands to teach our kids throughout the day from Deuteronomy 6? What about to bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord? (The Greek word here used for “nurture” literally means to educate.)

“What about when Scripture tells us to not learn about other gods? (Greek mythology taught in schools).

“What about when Proverbs warns us against foolish companions and the NT tells us not to fellowship with unbelievers?

“And can children not be more effective at being salt and light when they are not bound to a building for seven hours a day where they are not allowed to boldly and clearly preach the Gospel but instead going to the park with their parents to tell others about Christ there?

“The people I have met who use the salt and light argument do not spend the couple of hours a day they have with their kids to teach them how to share the Gospel. They take them to even more activities in the world. The salt and light argument is an excuse to live the way they want to live. Otherwise, we would be having revival in our public schools.”

Then Simon Turpin wrote this about children being salt and light: “One of the objections Christians raise to taking their child out of government schools is that they need to be ‘salt and light’ in that school system (see Matthew 5:13–16). However, this argument is not based on a proper understanding of the text. In Matthew 5, Jesus is telling his followers (those who believe) that they are salt and light, not that they should be salt and light. It’s a statement of fact, not a command to go and do something. The purpose in educating our children is to train them with the intention of sending them into the world.” (Simon Turpin)

Mature Christians who have deep roots in the Word are salt and light. Children need to be raised up in the admonition and nurture of the Lord by their parents in order to be salt and light when they are mature and grounded in their faith.

And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
2 Corinthians 1:16, 17

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