by Rebekah Pearl Anast and Gabriel Anast from No Greater Joy – Safeguarding Your Children
Editor’s note: Now Anast takes it to some really crazy contradictory levels, making judgements about porn buyers before the internet and then claiming that the internet created this huge overwhelming wave of porn addicts. Sprinkle in some shelter your children and ending by claiming if you just believe enough in God the RIGHT way pornography will never be a problem. These people are some sort of sick, a new religion-linked mental illness needs to be named after this family.
Trigger warnings for judging and blaming and false claims that porn is everywhere like billboards and television commercials.
Dad, are you keeping the world out?
The world used to be out there on the perimeters of our lives. It was possible to shut ourselves away and remain untouched by the filth we heard rumors of. In order to be a porno freak, men had to drive to an adult bookstore, and go inside to buy a magazine from a nasty looking character they would never want to be associated with. Now, pornography barges into our sight on billboards, commercials, and web-pages. Whether you are looking for it or not, it will find you.
The most amazing thing about the rise of pornography on the internet is not how many children have gotten involved, but how many “mature, responsible people” went off the deep end. People who thought they were safe in their own righteousness have fallen into immorality. No Greater Joy receives letters from pastors, elders, and fathers who have professed Christianity for years but are now in the tangle of pornography. They were unprepared for temptation in their own home. They never learned to stand and fight and resist the devil.
Shutting evil out of your life is not really an act of righteousness. Just about the time believers (and stoic, clean-living non-believers) learn to deal with pornography on the web, some greater and more insidious evil will be introduced by the world at large. The answer is something more aggressive—and more fundamental! The answer is to believe the gospel, the reality of your sanctification-that you are dead to sin and alive unto God. In this stand of faith you will worship God in the Spirit and have no confidence in the flesh. You will walk after the Spirit and thus not fulfill the lust of the flesh. You will be free from sin right down to the most secret and fundamental part of your being. When Paul wrote Romans and told the believers that they should “through the Spirit… mortify the deeds of the body,” he wasn’t talking about some Sunday-school rules that they should abide by. Half-baked “Churchianity” is never enough to overcome the world. If you are not overcoming sin, you need to listen to Mike’s audio series called “Sin No More.”
Even the most secluded and conservative families will be assaulted. Shutting out as much evil as you can is your God-given duty to your children, but you will never be able to shut it all out. On top of that, you cannot make your children pure by insulating and isolating their circumstances. You must train, teach, and prepare their minds to respond to the Spirit of God.
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