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Reforming our Nation
Deuteronomy 6:1-9
1 "Now this is the
commandment, and
these are the statutes
and judgments which
the LORD your God
has com...
2that you may fear
the LORD your
God, to keep all
His statutes and
His
commandments
which I command
you, you and your
son ...
3Therefore hear, O Israel, and be careful to
observe it, that it may be well with you, and that
you may multiply greatly a...
4"Hear, O Israel:
The LORD our
God, the LORD
is One! 5You
shall love the
LORD your God
with all your
heart, with all
your ...
6"And these
words which
I command
you today
shall be in
your heart.
7You shall teach
them diligently to
your children,
and shall talk of
them when you sit
in your house,
when you walk by
the...
8You shall bind them
as a sign on your
hand, and they shall
be as frontlets
between your eyes.
9You shall write them on the doorposts of
your house and on your gates.
Reforming our Nation
Reforming our Families to
“Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God
who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generation...
The Bible tells us that
God seeks “godly
offspring…”
Malachi 2:15.
The family is the
basic building block
of society.
The ...
As a parent, one of my greatest desires and priorities is to bring up my
children “in the training and instruction of the ...
As a father I am responsible to ensure that my sons and daughters are
raised to become God-fearing fathers and mothers, wh...
We are to raise
disciples who
will raise other
disciples,
so that God’s
generational
blessings
are passed down
and the cha...
My greatest concern is that
my children grow up
to love the Lord
with all their heart,
with all their soul,
with all their...
I pray that my children will grow to love, to trust,
obey, worship and serve God more consistently and
more effectively th...
Failures Never to Forget
The Bible includes many
frightening examples of tragic
failure by Christian parents to
adequately disciple and discipline
...
King David’s failure
to discipline his
rebellious sons,
Amnon and
Absalom, had the
most disastrous
consequences for the
ki...
Of the stories of the
Exodus from Egypt, and
Israel’s wandering in the
wilderness, the Scriptures
say: “These things
happe...
“My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. Because you have
rejected knowledge, I also will reject you as My priests...
As parents our first priority is
to ensure that our children will
love God and His Word.
Some of this can be taught, but
m...
It is not enough for me to
teach my children to love and
honour God and His Word, it
is vital that they see their
parents ...
We are to: “Tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the
Lord, His power and the wonders he has done…so that the...
On the Day of Pentecost the Apostle Peter declared: “Repent and let
everyone of you be baptised in the Name of the Lord Je...
As we consider this vital priority of reforming our families in
order to reform the nation, we need to first identify the ...
Identify the Threats
In rural Africa threats to children often slither, sting or bite. I, and
other Frontline Fellowship missionaries, have fou...
In Sudan, parents have to warn their children not to touch unexploded
bombs. Children walking to the well to fetch water i...
Most of the Christian schools in Sudan have been bombed by the
National Islamic Front government Air Force..
At one Christian school, that I have ministered in, in the Nuba
Mountains, in Kauda, nineteen children were killed and thr...
Those kinds of threats to the lives, liberty and limbs of children are very
visible and tangible.
However, the more subtle threats to our children in the cities and towns
are no less dangerous than those faced by Christi...
Secular Humanist
education attempts to kill
God by eradicating Him
from the classroom and
from the minds of the
next gener...
All too many parents
have allowed a
Secular Humanist
Department of
Education, Planned
Parenthood and Love-
life to use the...
By the time the
average child
graduates he or she
will have spent
15,000 hours in
school.
What values and
world view will ...
Nearly 500 years ago, German Reformer, Dr. Martin Luther, warned:
"I am much afraid that schools will prove to be wide gat...
I advise no one to place his child where the Scriptures
do not reign paramount. Every institution in which men are not
con...
The Bible says:
“The fool says in his
heart, there is no
God.
They are corrupt,
their deeds are vile;
there is no one who
...
There are other far more subtle threats to our children. The theory of
evolution is often propagated by films, in many chi...
Entertainment or Exploitation?
Who is raising your child? Has the TV become the family altar and the
electronic baby sitter? Do you recognise the threat ...
Which of us would allow a stranger to come into our homes and
reorganise our furniture? Yet daily we allow strangers, on t...
One of the most serious threats to our
children comes through the
entertainment industry. Superficial,
sensational and imm...
Do you approve of adultery and fornication? Would you enjoy watching
criminals beat their victims senseless? Could you reg...
“Of course not!” we would be indignant at such a suggestion. Yet, how
often don’t we spend time unthinkingly watching such...
Researchers have
observed that the
negative effects of
television addiction
include: “Increased
passivity, an
increased te...
What we see influences what we think, and what we think influences
what we become, and what we do. Ideas have consequences...
Witchcraft Repackaged
The influence of parents and
churches in the upbringing of most
children today is declining at an
alarming rate.
The disin...
“They perished because they refused to love the Truth and so be
saved…all will be condemned who have not believed the Trut...
“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive
philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the...
“Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise
but as wise, making the most of every opportunity,
because the days a...
Our mothers, sisters, wives and daughters are precious and they deserve
to be respected and protected. Any true man should...
In the Book of Judges we read: “Another generation grew up, who
knew neither the Lord nor what He had done…they followed a...
During his high school years the average student listens to over 10,000
hours of music, much of it filled with sensual, im...
“Since they did not
think it worthwhile to
retain the knowledge
of God, He gave
them over to a
depraved mind…”
Romans 1:28
A Word of Warning
The Scriptures
also warn us of a
time that will
come when:
“People will be
lovers of
themselves,
lovers of money,
boastful...
This description
could so accurately
be applied to much
of what is going on
in our society
today.
Mutilating Bodies and Rotting Minds
The selfishness and short-
sightedness of modern
society is also seen in litter-
strewn, graffiti-vandalised
communities.
...
Pierced noses and eyebrows,
tongue studs and belly rings,
along with acid rock, rap, hip-
hop and rave should be a
wake-up...
“Their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.”
Romans 1:21
Yet all around us we see children, even with Christian parents, who are
growing up with more enthusiasm for Pokemon and Ha...
We are commanded in Scripture: “Only be careful, and watch
yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your ey...
So what is the solution?
The solution to all these threats are found in the Bible. Deuteronomy
6:2-9 is one of the most important passages in the B...
It presents the most
important command:
“Love the Lord your God,
with all your heart and
with all your soul and
with all y...
This passage of Scripture is
monumentally important. It
comes straight after the restating
of the Ten Commandments. In the...
Identifying Idolatry
We must recognise the threat of idolatry. Rock idols, pop stars,
Hollywood idols, sports idols, sex idols, even political ...
Make Disciples
As parents, we are responsible before God to disciple our children.
From the time we wake up, to the time we go to sleep, ...
Everything we do with our hands or think with our minds is to be ruled
by the Word of God. Our goal is to ensure that: “Yo...
“Their children, who do not know this Law, must
hear it and learn to fear the Lord your God…”
Deuteronomy 31:13
Raising God Fearing Children
In the light of the overwhelming pressures which assail the family, and
the relentless temptations which surround young pe...
It is essential that we
establish Bible-based
homes. There are many
ways we can do this.
Firstly we can establish
the prin...
As evening meals tend to be the most important time of fellowship in
most families, it would be ideal to establish the pri...
Some families may
prefer Devotions after
dinner, which could be
done around the meal
table, in a bedroom, or
in the lounge...
One of the most
important times for
any Christian family
with children should
be Bible stories and
prayer before bed.
This...
Taking Control over our Time
A Christian Calendar
From the earliest, we need to teach our children a love and respect for
God’s Word, for His Church and for the Lord’s Day....
Sir Winston Churchill said: “Sunday is a Divine and priceless institution,
the necessary pause in the national life. It is...
The great British abolitionist and Member of Parliament William
Wilberforce wrote: “There is nothing in which I recommend ...
The Reformer of Geneva, John
Calvin, declared:
“The city will be
safe if God be truly
and devoutly
worshipped, and
this is...
Respecting Authority
It is essential that we teach our children respect for authority.
Starting with their parents, and then for grandparents, ...
Bible Memorisation
Scripture memorisation is a vital tool in discipleship. “How can a young
man keep his way pure? By living according to You...
“Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”
Psalm 119:105
Building on the Rock
If we build our children’s lives upon the Rock of God’s Word, then they
will stand in the storms of life that most surely ...
Daily Discipleship
Let us disciple our children by word and deed, by our lives and by our
lips, by education and by example – consistently.
Multigenerational Blessings
Yet, if we will be faithful in
loving God and obeying His
commandments, the result will
an unimaginable outpouring of
God’...
FAITH OF THEIR FATHERS
Frank Paton followed in
his father, John
Paton’s, footsteps, and
became a missionary to
the Island ...
Similarly, Robert
Morrison had the
joy of seeing his
son, John
Morrison, follow
in his footsteps
and pour his
heart and so...
All Adoniram Judson's five surviving children
grew up to distinguish themselves in Christian
service.
Robert Moffat, who
produced the first,
complete translation of
The Bible into an African
language, had the joy of
seeing f...
Two of C.T. Studd’s
daughters, who had
been born in China,
came out and joined
him, with their
husbands, in his Heart
of A...
These principles of: respect for authority, for the Lord’s Day and for the
Lord’s House, love for God’s Word the Bible, an...
Christian history; ensuring that they receive the Bible before breakfast,
Scripture before supper and are sent to bed only...
Are you doing
everything possible
to ensure that your
children are learning
to love
and obey God?
Are you discipling your children, or grandchildren, by instruction and by
example?
Do you regularly pray for your children?
Do you regularly pray with your children?
Are you regularly reading the Scriptures to your children?
Are you training your children in Scripture memorisation?
Now many parents will protest that they don’t have the time for all this.
Well, actually you will have the time - if you r...
“Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…but as for Me
and My household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
“Know therefore
that the Lord your
God is God; He is
the Faithful God,
keeping His
Covenant of love
to a thousand
generati...
“Choose for yourselves this day
Whom you will serve … but as for
me and my house, we will serve
the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
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  • Again to you dear brother in the Lord Jesus Christ, I am amazed at how well your slide show is well thought out.

    It brings to mind many things to do with what is 'Our Christian Liberty' really worth, in every sense of the word 'Worthy.' For it is very true that there is a war being waged by all of Satan's Seed here on earth to take full control over our mind, body, soul, and moral fibre. And when we look at the Westminster Confession of Faith in chapter 20 of it it says this....'1. The liberty which Christ hath purchased for believers under the gospel consists in their freedom from the guilt of sin, the condemning wrath of God, the curse of the moral law; and, in their being delivered from this present evil world, bondage to Satan, and dominion of sin; from the evil of afflictions, the sting of death, the victory of the grave, and everlasting damnation; as also, in their free access to God, and their yielding obedience unto him, not out of slavish fear, but a childlike love and willing mind. All which were common also to believers under the law. But, under the new testament, the liberty of Christians is further enlarged, in their freedom from the yoke of the ceremonial law, to which the Jewish church was subjected; and in greater boldness of access to the throne of grace, and in fuller communications of the free Spirit of God, than believers under the law did ordinarily partake of.

    2. God alone is Lord of the conscience, and hath left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men, which are, in anything, contrary to his Word; or beside it, if matters of faith, or worship. So that, to believe such doctrines, or to obey such commands, out of conscience, is to betray true liberty of conscience: and the requiring of an implicit faith, and an absolute and blind obedience, is to destroy liberty of conscience, and reason also.

    3. They who, upon pretense of Christian liberty, do practice any sin, or cherish any lust, do thereby destroy the end of Christian liberty, which is, that being delivered out of the hands of our enemies, we might serve the Lord without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.

    4. And because the powers which God hath ordained, and the liberty which Christ hath purchased, are not intended by God to destroy, but mutually to uphold and preserve one another, they who, upon pretense of Christian liberty, shall oppose any lawful power, or the lawful exercise of it, whether it be civil or ecclesiastical, resist the ordinance of God. And, for their publishing of such opinions, or maintaining of such practices, as are contrary to the light of nature, or to the known principles of Christianity (whether concerning faith, worship, or conversation), or to the power of godliness; or, such erroneous opinions or practices, as either in their own nature, or in the manner of publishing or maintaining them, are destructive to the external peace and order which Christ hath established in the church, they may lawfully be called to account, and proceeded against, by the censures of the church.'

    Which means that although there is this on going war by Satan and his Seed here on earth to capture every ones imagination, soul, body and moral accountability and to enslave every one every where, and more so with in Jesus' earthly church, there is still only one God, and that God is God, of the Holy Bible, who created all things and created 'Man' in His own image and likeness; and to Him to all men owe their allegence and worship and services and lives to.

    And that not even the eldership has full and all powerfull influence over God's people where by they think they can make up any kind of laws with His Church to suit them selves to be in obedience to any and all kinds of man made laws, which would lead Jesus' people astray from obeying all sound dcotrine.

    But more so is this Liberty of which your slide show is revealing to us all is of the utmost and highest importance for all mankind to chase after and attain as soon as possible; for in it, is the true and real freedom in deed.

    Again my thanks
    Tom Seath.
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  • Tom Seath here (62) in South Australia (Mount Gambier), of the Protestant Reformed Faith here, I have read through your amazing Power Point display here above. And I can add my great thanks to it as well. You are a great blessing to us all; and for how you with your family lead by example. And from you and them and of the Eldership there the whole nation is blessed as well, for their heart and souls desire to worhsip God in like manner.

    Overe here we have the same problems, but sadly not enough of us are as keen to lead by example as you and your family and the Church there is willing to do.

    I have been instrumental in leading a part of this fight, firstly in Melbourne from 1997 to 2007 and then here in Mount Gambier, ever since. To do with the change of laws over here which wages its wars against our Lord's Justification by Faith alone in Him alone; to do with the change of Law to do with 'Police Checks for every one in every job description every here; which means that no matter what job you have or are wanting to have you must submit a clearance form to the local 'Police Station' for a background check of your previous past and if there was any thing there then it would be mentioned on that form and sent back to you for you to hand it over to your boss and for him to keep it on file and whether or not to hire you, or to fire you.

    This steps goes against all of our Nations Laws to do with justice and the criminal court proceedings and if found guilty then your past is raised up before the judge for final judgement and perhaps fines or imprisonment; and at no other time is your past to be raised up against out side of a court and trial proceedings being in place. And if innocent then your past is never raised up at all for judgement. You are free to resume your life as before.

    And this change of Law also attacks Jesus' very real 'Justification' of His effectually called and chosen people; by demanding that even
    His people's past are to be made available for such scrutiny and held against them in His Church for any previous crimes that person had once had; and that your past is never wiped away and it can be held against you and will be held against you even in His church here on earth. Which it is unlawful to do; hence the Church here has gone backwards and demanding that it is their right under this change of common law justice to cast the first stone at all of God's people and them selves, and claim it to be a righteous act before God, when in fact it is an act of 'Corban' to the world, and to Sin as well.

    And so I have been leading the fight within God's Church here to have this law fought against and stood against and never allow its malicious poison's to pervade Jesus' Church here. but the cost has been high, as I have been cast out of fellowship again and again and again. And here too in Mount Gambier. And those who believe as I do even amongst the clergy are mostly affraid to come out of the shadows and stand with me. Some have, but they too have been quieted from time to time.

    I thank our Lord Jesus for you and for your family, for being there for God's people and His Holy work there. The nation there really are recieving many blessings in deed. And I highly recommend every one every where to be just like you.

    Sincerely,
    your brother in the Lord Jesus, God the Father and God the Holy Ghost...
    Tom Seath.
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Reforming our Families to Reform the Nation

  1. 1. Reforming our Nation
  2. 2. Deuteronomy 6:1-9 1 "Now this is the commandment, and these are the statutes and judgments which the LORD your God has commanded to teach you, that you may observe them in the land which you are crossing over to possess,
  3. 3. 2that you may fear the LORD your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, you and your son and your grandson, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged.
  4. 4. 3Therefore hear, O Israel, and be careful to observe it, that it may be well with you, and that you may multiply greatly as the LORD God of your fathers has promised you …in a land flowing with milk and honey.
  5. 5. 4"Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is One! 5You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
  6. 6. 6"And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.
  7. 7. 7You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.
  8. 8. 8You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
  9. 9. 9You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
  10. 10. Reforming our Nation Reforming our Families to
  11. 11. “Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His Commandments.” Deuteronomy 7:9
  12. 12. The Bible tells us that God seeks “godly offspring…” Malachi 2:15. The family is the basic building block of society. The battle for the family is in the very frontline of the World War of Worldviews.
  13. 13. As a parent, one of my greatest desires and priorities is to bring up my children “in the training and instruction of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4. I am to “train a child in the way he should go…” Proverbs 22:6.
  14. 14. As a father I am responsible to ensure that my sons and daughters are raised to become God-fearing fathers and mothers, who will in turn raise God-fearing sons and daughters, who will themselves become fathers and mothers who will love, honour, trust and obey God.
  15. 15. We are to raise disciples who will raise other disciples, so that God’s generational blessings are passed down and the chain unbroken.
  16. 16. My greatest concern is that my children grow up to love the Lord with all their heart, with all their soul, with all their mind, And with all their strength.
  17. 17. I pray that my children will grow to love, to trust, obey, worship and serve God more consistently and more effectively than I have done.
  18. 18. Failures Never to Forget
  19. 19. The Bible includes many frightening examples of tragic failure by Christian parents to adequately disciple and discipline their children in the ways of the Lord. The High Priest Eli failed to restrain his sons (who were priests) from dishonorable and disastrous conduct (1 Samuel 3:13). The children of the Prophet Samuel also behaved in a most disgraceful way, accepting bribes and perverting justice (1 Samuel 8:3).
  20. 20. King David’s failure to discipline his rebellious sons, Amnon and Absalom, had the most disastrous consequences for the kingdom, even leading to civil war.
  21. 21. Of the stories of the Exodus from Egypt, and Israel’s wandering in the wilderness, the Scriptures say: “These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us…” 1 Corinthians 10:11
  22. 22. “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you as My priests; because you have ignored the Law of your God, I also will ignore your children.” Hosea 4:6
  23. 23. As parents our first priority is to ensure that our children will love God and His Word. Some of this can be taught, but most of it is caught.
  24. 24. It is not enough for me to teach my children to love and honour God and His Word, it is vital that they see their parents and teachers love God and His Word. Our daily example is, in many ways, a more important teaching tool than our words. So whatever we teach our children, we need to model by example for them.
  25. 25. We are to: “Tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, His power and the wonders he has done…so that the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn will tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget His deeds but would keep His Commandments. They would not be…stubborn and rebellious…whose hearts were not loyal to God, whose spirits were not faithful to Him.” Psalm 78:4-8
  26. 26. On the Day of Pentecost the Apostle Peter declared: “Repent and let everyone of you be baptised in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are far off, as many as the Lord your God will call.” Acts 2:37-39
  27. 27. As we consider this vital priority of reforming our families in order to reform the nation, we need to first identify the threats to the family, to our churches and to our society.
  28. 28. Identify the Threats
  29. 29. In rural Africa threats to children often slither, sting or bite. I, and other Frontline Fellowship missionaries, have found scorpions in our sleeping bags, and snakes in our houses. One of our fears is that our inquisitive and adventurous children will encounter deadly green mamba snakes while burrowing through tunnels and exploring in the bush.
  30. 30. In Sudan, parents have to warn their children not to touch unexploded bombs. Children walking to the well to fetch water in the Nuba Mountains, have been crippled by landmines, or even captured by Arab slave traders.
  31. 31. Most of the Christian schools in Sudan have been bombed by the National Islamic Front government Air Force..
  32. 32. At one Christian school, that I have ministered in, in the Nuba Mountains, in Kauda, nineteen children were killed and three crippled in just one aerial bombing raid.
  33. 33. Those kinds of threats to the lives, liberty and limbs of children are very visible and tangible.
  34. 34. However, the more subtle threats to our children in the cities and towns are no less dangerous than those faced by Christians in Sudan. Do you recognise the threats posed to your children?
  35. 35. Secular Humanist education attempts to kill God by eradicating Him from the classroom and from the minds of the next generation. By eliminating the Bible as the basis for all knowledge, humanists remove the very foundation of Truth. They prohibit the only objective standard by which reality can be evaluated.
  36. 36. All too many parents have allowed a Secular Humanist Department of Education, Planned Parenthood and Love- life to use their children as play dough in the experiments of social engineering.
  37. 37. By the time the average child graduates he or she will have spent 15,000 hours in school. What values and world view will he or she have learnt during that time?
  38. 38. Nearly 500 years ago, German Reformer, Dr. Martin Luther, warned: "I am much afraid that schools will prove to be wide gates to hell, unless they diligently labour in explaining the Holy Scriptures, engraving them in the hearts of youth.
  39. 39. I advise no one to place his child where the Scriptures do not reign paramount. Every institution in which men are not constantly occupied with the Word of God must become corrupt."
  40. 40. The Bible says: “The fool says in his heart, there is no God. They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.” Psalm 14:1
  41. 41. There are other far more subtle threats to our children. The theory of evolution is often propagated by films, in many children’s books, and in state school textbooks. Evolution is an attempt to abort God retroactively. To kill God in the minds of children. Evolution destroys all meaning, purpose, direction, justice and hope in life: “You came from nothing. You are going nowhere. Life is meaningless!”
  42. 42. Entertainment or Exploitation?
  43. 43. Who is raising your child? Has the TV become the family altar and the electronic baby sitter? Do you recognise the threat that the exploitative pornography industry poses to your child?
  44. 44. Which of us would allow a stranger to come into our homes and reorganise our furniture? Yet daily we allow strangers, on the television or through magazines and music, to reorganise our thoughts. Surely none of us would tolerate a stranger coming into our home to teach or influence our children! Yet most parents allow strangers to be their single greatest influence on the mental and emotional development of their children – through TV!
  45. 45. One of the most serious threats to our children comes through the entertainment industry. Superficial, sensational and immoral material predominates in the modern entertainment industry and it is producing an increasingly superficial, selfish, mindless and immoral society. In households with television, the average child sees between 15,000 to 30,000 hours of television before leaving school (Nielsen Media Research). By the time he or she leaves school the average student will have seen up to 480,000 sexual acts or references to sex depicted on TV (US News and World Report and Media Research Centre).
  46. 46. Do you approve of adultery and fornication? Would you enjoy watching criminals beat their victims senseless? Could you regard graphic violence or brutal murders entertaining? Would you want your children to learn from immoral or occultic teachers?
  47. 47. “Of course not!” we would be indignant at such a suggestion. Yet, how often don’t we spend time unthinkingly watching such evils on TV? And how often do our children sit in front of the TV and watch such programmes? Have you noticed how many of the childrens’ cartoons depict graphic violence, immorality and occultism?
  48. 48. Researchers have observed that the negative effects of television addiction include: “Increased passivity, an increased tendency to be satisfied with being a spectator, decreased capacity for communication, a disturbing loss of parental control over the upbringing of their children, a progressive loss of commitment to standards of right and wrong, and a conditioning to accept standards of behaviour they previously rejected.”
  49. 49. What we see influences what we think, and what we think influences what we become, and what we do. Ideas have consequences. Actions flow from thought patterns. What form of education is moulding your thought patterns? What entertainment and news media is filling your mind?
  50. 50. Witchcraft Repackaged
  51. 51. The influence of parents and churches in the upbringing of most children today is declining at an alarming rate. The disintegration of many families, absentee parents, and a general absence of discipline have created a vacuum. Violent and immoral films and videos, throbbing and pulsating noise masquerading as music, and pornographic magazines, MMS, “My Face”, “Space Book”, Ipods and the Internet are filling the void in the aimless and meaningless lives of all too many young people.
  52. 52. “They perished because they refused to love the Truth and so be saved…all will be condemned who have not believed the Truth but delighted in wickedness.” 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12
  53. 53. “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world, rather than on Christ.” Colossians 2:8
  54. 54. “Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15-16
  55. 55. Our mothers, sisters, wives and daughters are precious and they deserve to be respected and protected. Any true man should be willing to do anything, even give his life, to protect his mother, sister, wife or daughter. Parents need to be prepared to protect their children from all threats.
  56. 56. In the Book of Judges we read: “Another generation grew up, who knew neither the Lord nor what He had done…they followed and worshipped various gods…they provoked the Lord to anger.”
  57. 57. During his high school years the average student listens to over 10,000 hours of music, much of it filled with sensual, immoral and occultic lyrics.
  58. 58. “Since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, He gave them over to a depraved mind…” Romans 1:28
  59. 59. A Word of Warning
  60. 60. The Scriptures also warn us of a time that will come when: “People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying it’s power…always learning but never able to acknowledge the Truth.” 2 Timothy 3:2-7
  61. 61. This description could so accurately be applied to much of what is going on in our society today.
  62. 62. Mutilating Bodies and Rotting Minds
  63. 63. The selfishness and short- sightedness of modern society is also seen in litter- strewn, graffiti-vandalised communities. The filth, pollution and destruction of our environment, in which our children play and grow up, is also reflected in the self- mutilation and body piercing of a growing number of confused young people.
  64. 64. Pierced noses and eyebrows, tongue studs and belly rings, along with acid rock, rap, hip- hop and rave should be a wake-up call to any parent or teacher. Incredibly, however, all too many parents seem oblivious to the sullen, self-destructive, rebellious attitudes that go along with this kind of body mutilating, mind rotting and soul destroying subculture.
  65. 65. “Their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.” Romans 1:21
  66. 66. Yet all around us we see children, even with Christian parents, who are growing up with more enthusiasm for Pokemon and Harry Potter than for the Lord Jesus and the Bible. “Another generation grew up, who knew neither the Lord nor what He had done…”
  67. 67. We are commanded in Scripture: “Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.” Deuteronomy 4:9
  68. 68. So what is the solution?
  69. 69. The solution to all these threats are found in the Bible. Deuteronomy 6:2-9 is one of the most important passages in the Bible. It contains one of the most important statements in the Old Testament: “Hear, O Israel: ‘The Lord our God, the Lord is one.’”
  70. 70. It presents the most important command: “Love the Lord your God, with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” And it emphasizes our first priority in obeying that command: “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:7-9
  71. 71. This passage of Scripture is monumentally important. It comes straight after the restating of the Ten Commandments. In the Second Commandment, we are solemnly warned: “You shall not make for yourselves an idol in the form of anything…you shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the sin of the fathers to the third or fourth generation of those who hate Me, but showing love to thousands who love Me and keep My commandments.” Deuteronomy 5:8-10
  72. 72. Identifying Idolatry
  73. 73. We must recognise the threat of idolatry. Rock idols, pop stars, Hollywood idols, sports idols, sex idols, even political idols are objects of reverence and obsessive adoration by all too many. The consequences of tolerating idolatry are devastating to the next generations.
  74. 74. Make Disciples
  75. 75. As parents, we are responsible before God to disciple our children. From the time we wake up, to the time we go to sleep, the Word of God is to govern our conversation and our actions. At home, or on the road, we are to talk about God’s Word. We are to teach our children to memorise Scripture, especially the Ten Commandments.
  76. 76. Everything we do with our hands or think with our minds is to be ruled by the Word of God. Our goal is to ensure that: “Your children and their children after them may fear the Lord your God as long as you live by keeping all His decrees and commands.” Deuteronomy 6:2
  77. 77. “Their children, who do not know this Law, must hear it and learn to fear the Lord your God…” Deuteronomy 31:13
  78. 78. Raising God Fearing Children
  79. 79. In the light of the overwhelming pressures which assail the family, and the relentless temptations which surround young people in the lust- saturated media of today, parents must take extraordinary steps to ensure that their children are raised in the love and the fear of the Lord. We need to lay solid foundations and good habits which will discipline, disciple, strengthen and prepare our children for lives of godliness and productive service in our congregations, communities and countries.
  80. 80. It is essential that we establish Bible-based homes. There are many ways we can do this. Firstly we can establish the principle of the Bible before breakfast. Encourage each member of the family to conduct their personal Devotions before breakfast, or read a passage of Scripture or a Devotional passage together as a family before breakfast.
  81. 81. As evening meals tend to be the most important time of fellowship in most families, it would be ideal to establish the principle of Scripture before Supper. This could include reading a chapter of the Psalms or Proverbs every night, or working through some kind of Devotional book. In our family at the moment we are working through C.H. Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening.
  82. 82. Some families may prefer Devotions after dinner, which could be done around the meal table, in a bedroom, or in the lounge. The important thing is that Scripture, Psalms, Hymns and prayer should be a daily part of every Christian home. This does not mean that these family Devotions need to be long. In fact, particularly in families with small children, it is wise to keep family Devotions short, cheerful and focused. Children thrive on repetition, and so one could incorporate basic memorisations of the Lord’s Prayer, the Ten Commandments and the Apostles Creed. Even three or four-year old children can memorise the Lord’s Prayer and some basic Scriptures.
  83. 83. One of the most important times for any Christian family with children should be Bible stories and prayer before bed. This should be an enjoyable and vibrant time of fellowship, either cuddling up to you on the couch or on the bed, using colourful storybook pictures if possible and regularly asking questions and involving the younger children in these great stories from God’s Word.
  84. 84. Taking Control over our Time
  85. 85. A Christian Calendar
  86. 86. From the earliest, we need to teach our children a love and respect for God’s Word, for His Church and for the Lord’s Day. Children thrive on routine and rhythm. That is why ensuring that our calendars reflect our Faith is most important. Habits and routine are a vital part of discipleship. We make time for those things we deem important. God has decreed that we work six days and give the seventh to rest and worship. It was so important to God that He gave us His example to follow, by resting after He created the universe. As Christians, we should repent for allowing the Lord’s Day to become so encroached upon and desecrated by shopping, sports and worldly entertainment.
  87. 87. Sir Winston Churchill said: “Sunday is a Divine and priceless institution, the necessary pause in the national life. It is the birthright of every British subject, our responsibility, privilege and duty to hand on to posterity.”
  88. 88. The great British abolitionist and Member of Parliament William Wilberforce wrote: “There is nothing in which I recommend you to be more strictly resolute than in keeping the Sabbath holy; and by this I mean, not only abstaining that day from all unbecoming sports and common business, but from time consuming and frivolous conversation, which often leads to a sad waste of this precious Day.”
  89. 89. The Reformer of Geneva, John Calvin, declared: “The city will be safe if God be truly and devoutly worshipped, and this is attested by the sanctification of the Sabbath…”
  90. 90. Respecting Authority
  91. 91. It is essential that we teach our children respect for authority. Starting with their parents, and then for grandparents, uncles and aunts, authority in the church and in society. Respect for God, respect for people and respect for property are foundational to Christian civilisation.
  92. 92. Bible Memorisation
  93. 93. Scripture memorisation is a vital tool in discipleship. “How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to Your Word…I have hidden Your Word in My heart that I might not sin against You.” Psalm 119:9-11
  94. 94. “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105
  95. 95. Building on the Rock
  96. 96. If we build our children’s lives upon the Rock of God’s Word, then they will stand in the storms of life that most surely will assail them (Matthew 7:24-27).
  97. 97. Daily Discipleship
  98. 98. Let us disciple our children by word and deed, by our lives and by our lips, by education and by example – consistently.
  99. 99. Multigenerational Blessings
  100. 100. Yet, if we will be faithful in loving God and obeying His commandments, the result will an unimaginable outpouring of God’s blessings upon our children, grandchildren, great- grandchildren – “to a thousand generations.” What we do now will affect eternity.
  101. 101. FAITH OF THEIR FATHERS Frank Paton followed in his father, John Paton’s, footsteps, and became a missionary to the Island where his father had been forced to flee for his life 34 years ago. During his ministry there, Frank was blessed to see the whole population of Tanna won for Christ. The Island of Tanna imaged from space in 1994
  102. 102. Similarly, Robert Morrison had the joy of seeing his son, John Morrison, follow in his footsteps and pour his heart and soul into the work of bringing the Gospel to the people of China.
  103. 103. All Adoniram Judson's five surviving children grew up to distinguish themselves in Christian service.
  104. 104. Robert Moffat, who produced the first, complete translation of The Bible into an African language, had the joy of seeing five of his seven children actively involved in missionary service. His son, John Moffat, established the first mission station amongst the Matabele.
  105. 105. Two of C.T. Studd’s daughters, who had been born in China, came out and joined him, with their husbands, in his Heart of Africa Mission in the Congo.
  106. 106. These principles of: respect for authority, for the Lord’s Day and for the Lord’s House, love for God’s Word the Bible, and for God’s people; feeding our children’s hearts and minds with examples of excellence from Scripture and
  107. 107. Christian history; ensuring that they receive the Bible before breakfast, Scripture before supper and are sent to bed only after Bible stories and prayer, with much of the Scriptures stored up in their hearts through Scripture memorisation will ensure that… “When he is old, he will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6
  108. 108. Are you doing everything possible to ensure that your children are learning to love and obey God?
  109. 109. Are you discipling your children, or grandchildren, by instruction and by example?
  110. 110. Do you regularly pray for your children?
  111. 111. Do you regularly pray with your children?
  112. 112. Are you regularly reading the Scriptures to your children?
  113. 113. Are you training your children in Scripture memorisation?
  114. 114. Now many parents will protest that they don’t have the time for all this. Well, actually you will have the time - if you ruthlessly cut down on televisions and newspapers. In the light of eternity, what good have the multiplied hours spent each week in front of the TV set and pouring over your local scandal rags done for either you or your children? Cut out TV and you will have enough time to disciple your children.
  115. 115. “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…but as for Me and My household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
  116. 116. “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; He is the Faithful God, keeping His Covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His commands.” Deuteronomy 7:9
  117. 117. “Choose for yourselves this day Whom you will serve … but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
  118. 118. REFORMATION SOCIETY PO Box 74 Newlands, 7725 Cape Town South Africa E-mail: info@ReformationSA.org Web: www.ReformationSA.org

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