by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy – Sanctuary
Editor’s note: Now Michael aims for the trite cliched Christian answer. Not only control every moment of those childrens lives, you must put on the imaginary armor of God. Followed by parent-blaming if the children don’t turn out as obedient little moral robots. Michael, like Debi, never misses any opportunity to belittle or shame others.
Put on the armour
Back to the lady’s question, “How do I keep Louise from hearing things that we don’t want her to hear?” The first half of my answer was: control her environment and choose her friends carefully, forbidding some undesirable associations. But there is more. You must recognize that your child is fast growing to be outside your sphere of influence, and is on a trajectory that will soar her into independence. You cannot shut the world out completely, and in time she will grow up to live right in the middle of it. Ultimately, you can’t run and you can’t hide. The solution is to protect them as long as you can, while preparing them for the days of temptation. Her only hope is that you care enough to build character into her before she is put in a situation where her own convictions are all that stands between her and evil.
The answer: 1) protect them as much as you can—especially when they are less than ten years old. 2) Train them up morally so they will be equipped to resist temptation.
The Bible commands us to, “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Eph. 6:11). If God instructs adults to be armored ahead of the battle, how much more our children? They can stand behind our armor until they get too big, but there comes a time when they must personally do battle with the Devil. If we allow them to get to thirteen years of age without being trained to recognize and resist temptation, we have miserably failed them–completely!
This pastor’s wife (with her husband’s blessings) says, “…since her daddy is the pastor, it’s not like we can leave.” If God has called your husband to minister in that capacity, then you are quite correct, you cannot leave. There is an answer, one that will make your children stronger and insulate them against the world that is in your church. It works because we employed this approach for years when we were ministering to drunks, sodomites, lesbians, dope heads, fornicators, child molesters, and criminals of every sort.