Mar 08 2010
About 43 percent of Tennessee children were born to unmarried mothers in 2007 compared with about 40 percent nationwide, putting the state 15th in the nation in that measure. The trend grew fastest among white Tennessee women. In Tennessee, about 9 percent of white mothers delivered out of wedlock in 1980, compared with 34 percent in 2007, the new state Department of Health data show. What is the cause for this sharp increase of illegitimacy?
According to the 1828 Webster’s dictionary a bastard is “a child begotten and born out of wedlock; an illegitimate or spurious child.” The Bible talks about a bastard in Hebrews 12:8, “But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.” It goes on to say that fathers are responsible for correction and were revered by children. In other verses the scriptures clarify that a father exhorts, comforts and charges his children (1. Thess. 2:11) so they may walk in truth (3. John 4).
The rising illegitimacy, however, creates single-parent homes where the father is absent. However, that is a serious departure from the way that God established the home. No matter how much the media glorifies and the government subsidizes the single-parent delusion, those who fall prey to this lifestyle will cause themselves and their children lots of problems and private pain. A departure from God”s principles will not lead to lasting happiness. God’s principles are non-optional and universal.
Is there a generation bastard? It is bad news for the so-called Bible Belt that right there in that area people are departing from traditional Christian marriage and adopt a lifestyle of casual relationship without commitment. However, God”s principles of love as explained in 1. Corinthians 13 require lifelong commitment and endurance.
One of the major reasons why unmarried people with no commitment to each other are having children is the declining belief in marriage. A lot of people no longer understand the Biblical underpinnings of marriage and fall into a worldly way of life that excludes God. The rising illegitimacy and fatherlessness harms an entire generation of children. The divorce industry in particular has exploited for profit such mistakes as “no-fault divorce” which unfortunately exists in many states. From a legal point of view it would be best to introduce covenant marriages in every state of the US. So far, only in Louisiana, Arkansas and Arizona legislation has passed. This is a great safeguard against casual relationships. It prepares people for a life-long union in which they will grow old together.
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In America today marriage and family are under an unprecedented attack. The unchristian culture of today’s America makes it easy and financially attractive for spouses to walk out of marriages because child support is “guaranteed income” and there are plenty of welfare programs that provide an incentive to divorce and the promotion of single-parents households. This is a malignant cancer that is eating away the moral as well as material strength of society. A lot of the media celebrities that brainwash the masses have made unmarried living palatable to the deceived. Many churches in Tennessee no longer teach and preach what the Bible teaches about marriage and family. A lot of so-called churchgoing believers can no longer define what fornication or a bastard is. These are Bible words that the Holy Ghost uses in the inspired word of God. It has come to my notice that in Tennesssee’s churches it is possible to wear a tattoo, listen to death metal music, men to grow their hair long, get divorced and still be a member in good standing. However, when a believer tries to mold his personal family life after the word of God, he was excluded from church and even received harassing phone calls and letters afterward. Bottom line: churches have become ineffective in teaching people a right way of living. Many preachers give their flock a superficial, shallow “way of salvation” connected with emotional experiences during meetings, but if someone dares to grab a Bible and teach the principles of marriage, male headship, submission of the woman, obedience of children and Biblical correction and discipline for children, separation from worldliness etc. that person is usually branded a fanatic. Dare to teach Christian character from a King James Bible in a Baptist church in Tennessee and you will often find yourself character assassinated. It is a sad truth, but I have watched it several times.
The belief in marriage is declining because people are becoming too selfish to make a lifelong commitment to another person. They are addicted to instant gratification and that’s why they are having children without making the commitment to live in a covenant marriage – a lifelong relationship of love. Most people today are too willfully blind to understand the Biblical principle of male headship. The husband is the head of the home before God and is commanded to bring up his children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Thus, it is ultimately the father and husband who decides which church the family should attend, leads in home Bible study, family devotions and singing beside being the breadwinner of the home. Many times women try to usurp that authority from the man and do their own thing in violation of God’s principles. Even though a husband goes to work everyday and does not spend as much time with his children as the mother, he is still ultimately responsible for the upbringing of his children. The mother at home is basically a coworker or fellow solider in Christ who helps realize the goals that the father has defined by submitting himself to Christ.
Thus, many people are losing faith in the institution of marriage because they have never been properly taught from a King James Bible what God’s chain of command for the home is. Most people are misled by public opinion and antichristian brainwashing on hellevision. The Bible says: “The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.” Proverbs 10:32. Those who are captive addicts to hellevision talk shows and smut allow themselves to be deceived by wicked mouths that speak nothing but frowardness. There is a great need for people today to be fed with righteousness. “The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.” Proverbs 10:21. If 43 percent of children in Tennesse are born out of wedlock, then almost half of all parents in Tennessee are deceived because they spend their lives in behavior that does not correspond sound doctrine. The first two letters of the word “doctrine” are “do”. Doctrine tells us what to do. If we don’t base our actions on sound Bible doctrine, we will do the wrong thing.
It is everybody’s responsibility to get ahold of sound Bible doctrine and not to base one’s decisions on public opinion, political correctness or “what everybody else is doing”. Christians need to dare to be different because we serve a God that makes a difference.
Most teenagers should try to find old christian literature from the 19th or early 20th century and study it and form their ideas of marriage on those teachings. Even many secular health encyclopedias from up until the 1960s reveal a Chrisian point of view when it comes to the issue of procreation. We should never stake our lives upon modern media junk, but on the solid rock of Christian faith and doctrine. Here is the challenge for you: “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.“ If you want rest for your sou, you gotta ask for the old paths and walk therein! You won’t rest by deceiving yourself with liberal lies and modern lifestyles. If modern sports stars are your heroes, then you are already heading in the wrong way and get sidetracked as far as your value to the cause of Christ is concerned. You gotta walk in the old paths defined by the holy scriptures.
At www.solidrockfaith.com we want to disseminate Bible truth about many issues but mainly salvation, marriage and family. Unmarried couples should study the materials such as the Family Training mp3 series and make sure they both agree on Biblical principles laid out in this series. Agreement on spiritual issues needs to come before the marriage. Married couples are fellowsoldiers in the good fight of faith. Fellowsoldiers don’t fight against each other but fight together under the banner of the cross of Christ.
www.SolidRockFaith.com tries to help people learn the truth about Christian living and esp. Christian family life through the bookstore ministry with many titles that can give couples a lot of help if the advice is heeded. Christians need to get ahold of the discipline of hearing (Job 36:10) and give attendance to reading (1. Tim. 4:13). Don’t let your reading and hearing be replaced by watching, gaming, texting and other forms of wasting one’s time. Going to church will not benefit you without the discipline of hearing and giving attendace to reading. In fact, if you are not a disciplined hearer and a reader of edifying Christian literature your presence in a church might actually hinder that body from reaching its full potential in Christ.
Here is one of the latest additions to our bookstore that can get you some help. Home-Alone America: The Hidden Toll of Day Care, Behavioral Drugs, and Other Parent Substitutes.
We don’t need a Generation Bastard where children are born out of wedlock and are robbed of the privilege of parents. Lust, adultery, fornication and insubmission rob children of parents. Children cannot be successfully raised by TV, government and Ritulin. They need to be trained in the right way. The right way is not being taught on the children’s TV channel. The right way is taught in christian homes and churches that believe and apply the Bible. Apart from God’s ways, true success and blessing is not possible.
We need a Generation Titus 2 because the book of Titus in the Bible gives a lot of godly counsel to families in chapter 2 reminding everyone (aged men, women, young women, men) of their particular God-given responsibility. Now more than ever modern society is need of sharp rebuke (Titus 1:13) from the pulpit and through every conceivable venue of Christian witnessing because they have departed from those principles and churches are to blamed for watering down and lowering their voice on this important issue. Churches should become truth-friendly and never “seeker-friendly” as some modern apostate movements call it. Genuine love rejoices in truth and is humble enough to receive a rebuke (see 1. Cor. 13). Only fools despise rebuke (check out Proverbs). Let us be courageous and withstand the modern lifestyes to the face because modern society is to be blamed. Secular concepts of life have no place in the sanctuary!
Who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? Gal. 2:7.
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