Minister’s Forum: God places great value on children
Last week in Junior Church, our Sunday school teacher explained to me this incident with the children. When asked what they had learned about God this week, she found out that they had not been listening. I asked them what they had done, they instantly replied “we sinned.” I asked them what they should do about it, and they said, “pray,” “ask God to forgive me.”
They then asked the teacher to forgive them. When one of the boys gave the closing prayer, his repentance came straight from his heart. This incident like none other showed me the true meaning of humbling ourselves and coming to Jesus as a little child.
When Jesus was asked the question “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” he responded by taking a little child from the crowd and setting him in the middle of them. He explained “except you be converted and become as little children you will not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” This small boy poured his heart out to God in sincerity and we all need to do the same. When children are very young and still innocent, they can be very honest and their conscience can speak right through them in how they react to the truth. Their hearts have a lot of moral purity and they are so unlike most of us adults that have hardened our consciences and have defiled our minds through the years of ungodly experiences. To become a true believer in Jesus Christ, all begins just like that little boy in Sunday school who said, “we have sinned.” He prayed for God’s forgiveness and then he asked his teacher for forgiveness.
We think of personal greatness as achievements and being in a position of authority over a lot of people. But in God’s eyes, it’s humbling ourselves before the Lord, having respect for God, submitting to His authority over our lives, and being utterly honest – honest to God and honest to others. God pays close attention to the prayers and to the needs of little children, I believe, more than anybody else. He loves them infinitely and His desire is to protect them from being defiled by ungodly predators and places great value over their lives.
Jesus said, “Whosoever shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But whosoever shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hung about his neck and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”
“Woe unto the world because of offenses, and offenses will come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes.”
” Take heed that you despise not one of these little ones for I say unto you that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my father which is in heaven.”
God has placed children in a position before His throne of great prominence and personal attention. We are doing ministry at our best before God when we stoop down and give a child our utmost attention and service. When we do so Jesus said, “we are receiving Him.” It’s important that churches and families and those who would serve Christ put our priorities where Jesus told us to put them. God gave children angels to cover them, mothers and fathers to love and protect them, and the church to teach them to respect and follow God. Our work is to lead them to salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord and to raise them in God’s truth.
This world is full of godless, liberal, self-appointed, so-called ministers of Christ, who are leading the children and youth away from God. Just like the false religious leaders of Jesus’ day, they deny the deity of Jesus Christ, the virgin birth, and the absolute and only authority of the Bible, the Word of God. Jesus pronounced the worst judgment of God possible upon those who have changed the simple message of Jesus Christ in attempting to modernize the church. Since when does the Word of God need to be edited or updated by these spiritual leaders? They act as if they didn’t know what Jesus was talking about, and they certainly think they know more than God. With all their liturgical vestments, long flowing robes, and pointed hats, who do they think they are? For they are like the children of Israel whom Isaiah spoke against, “as for my people, children are their oppressors and women rule over them.”
God says, “O my people, they which cause thee to err and destroy the way of thy paths. They declare their sin as Sodom and they hide it not. Woe unto their soul for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.”
The liberal church is collapsing in on itself and is spiritually demoralizing the next generation and has opened the door to pedophilia, homosexuality and abortion. Let me make it clear the Ten Commandments are not the ten suggestions; it is the Moral Law of God. The time has come where Isaiah predicted that people would call evil good and good evil. I personally am amazed that in the name of Jesus Christ that these spiritual leaders of our time are sounding like they are crusading for the truth with all their righteous indignation.
In the last 40 years, within my own generation, in our new way of thinking we have seen a massive wave of crime and disrespect for authority within the home. It is dangerous now to be on a school campus. I am for the children, their souls, and their salvation, their safety, but we all need to do a little soul searching and ask ourselves have we offended God?
I close this article with an encouragement to children and to those who lead them to the truth in Jesus Christ our Lord. I want to encourage every church and every family where God is at work with the youth; it is a compliment to your work and that God is with you. But I also want to call into accountability all those in our time within the liberal church and families that are spiritually and physically molesting our children to stop now. Joel prophesied in his time to Israel when they were under God’s judgment their great sin. “They have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink.” Joel 3:3.
Mary Had A Little Lamb
Mary had a little Lamb, his fleece was white as snow and everywhere that Mary went, the Lamb was sure to go. He followed her to school each day, twasn’t even in the rule. He made the children laugh and play, to have a Lamb at school, and then the rules all changed one day illegal it became; to bring the Lamb of God to school or even speak His Name. Every day got worse and worse, and days turned into years. Instead of hearing children laugh, we heard gunshots and tears. What must we do to stop the crime, that’s in our schools today? Let’s let the Lamb come back to school, and teach our kids to pray.
– Alan Morse is pastor at First Baptist Church of South Lake Tahoe.
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