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Discover the Book - May 15, 2007

  • 2007 May 15





How to Raise Pure Kids


Our generation[1] ha s nothing to look forward to but oblivion. The entailments of this are terrifying drugs, AIDS, suicide, alcoholism, broken homes, terrorism, crime, child pornography, and a host of other symptoms that are heartbreaking. It is a short step from the "exploded" doctrines of the past to the disintegration of hope for the future.

·         In the 1960s, kids lost their authority. It was the decade of protest-church, state, and parents were all called into question and found wanting. Their authority was rejected, yet nothing ever replaced it.

·         In the 1970s, kids lost their love. It was the decade of me-ism, dominated by hyphenated words beginning with self. self-image, self-esteem, self-assertion. It made for a lonely world. Kids learned everything there was to know about sex but forgot everything there was to know about love, and no one had the nerve to tell them there was a difference.

·         In the 1980s, kids lost their hope. Stripped of innocence, authority, and love, and plagued by the horror of a nuclear nightmare, large and growing numbers of this generation stopped believing in the future. (author unknown]

The challenge is before us dads! That is why we are continuing our study of one of the most vital subjects in the world, Growing Dads God's Way! The future of the church, the future of the Christian Home and the future of our nation and world is shaped by the dads in each. What kind of a dad are we going to be?

To get started on the right road we can open to Proverbs. Note with me some key words. Start with Proverbs 1:8 “My son”; 1:10, 2:1, 3:1, 21; 4:1, 10, 20; 5:1; 6:1, 20; 7:1. What do you see? A dad who is guiding his children into God's way and showing by his words and example how to be godly!

What are the three keys we are in the midst of learning? Lets turn back now to Deuteronomy and note these keys for becoming a godly dad.

1.      Lead the Family Devotions: The Key is to Emphasize Biblical communication Deuteronomy 6:7-9

2.      Raise Pure Children: The Key is to Eliminate worldly contamination Deuteronomy 6:10-25

3.      Disciple your wife: The Key is to Experience personal consecration Deuteronomy 6:4-6

Last time we studied the first key, the critical job of initiating and leading time for your family in the Word of God. If you missed that time the tape is available. This morning we are going to study the second key to being a godly dad. The second way we can grow as godly dads is to set our course to raise pure children. The best way to do this is to follow the second imperative of Deuteronomy 6:

Raise Pure Children: The Key is to Eliminate Worldly Contamination

Deuteronomy 6:10-25 “So it shall be, when the Lord your God brings you into the land of which He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,

·         To give you large and beautiful cities which you did not build, (peaceful, prosperous America)

·         11 “Houses full of all good things, which you did not fill, hewn-out wells which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant (economic prosperity, lack of famine and poverty)

·         When you have eaten and are full— (comfortable and satisfied daily life)

·         12 “then beware, lest you forget the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.13 “You shall fear the Lord your God and serve Him, and shall take oaths in His name. (the danger of comfort is not needing and forgetting God!)

·         14 “You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are all around you15 ‘(for the Lord your God is a jealous God among you), lest the anger of the Lord your God be aroused against you and destroy you from the face of the earth. (Danger # 1 Lessen our worship of God as all our focus)

·         16 “You shall not tempt the Lord your God as you tempted Him in Massah. (Danger # 2 Lessen our Trust in God. This event occurred in Ex. 17:1-7 where they lacked water and thought they would die of thirst. Rather than trusting God in this trial they tested Him by complaining and quarreling. In the future the Israelites were to remember this embarrassing incident.) 17 “You shall diligently keep the commandments of the Lord your God, His testimonies, and His statutes which He has commanded you.

·         18 “And you shall do what is right and good in the sight of the Lord, that it may be well with you, and that you may go in and possess the good land of which the Lord swore to your fathers,19 “to cast out all your enemies from before you, as the Lord has spoken. (Danger # 3 Lessen our grip on God's call to holy living)

·         20 “When your son asks you in time to come, saying, ‘What is the meaning of the testimonies, the statutes, and the judgments which the Lord our God has commanded you?’21 “then you shall say to your son: ‘We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, and the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand;22 ‘and the Lord showed signs and wonders before our eyes, great and severe, against Egypt, Pharaoh, and all his household.23 ‘Then He brought us out from there, that He might bring us in, to give us the land of which He swore to our fathers.24 ‘And the Lord commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God, for our good always, that He might preserve us alive, as it is this day.25 ‘Then it will be righteousness for us, if we are careful to observe all these commandments before the Lord our God, as He has commanded us.’ (Danger # 4 Lessen our training of our children in God's way)

What Happens when We Neglect to Cultivate Godly Choices?



Genesis 19:1-38 Now the two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them, and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground.2 And he said, “Here now, my lords, please turn in to your servant’s house and spend the night, and wash your feet; then you may rise early and go on your way.” And they said, “No, but we will spend the night in the open square.”3 But he insisted strongly; so they turned in to him and entered his house. Then he made them a feast, and baked unleavened bread, and they ate.

4 Now before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both old and young, all the people from every quarter, surrounded the house.5 And they called to Lot and said to him, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may know them carnally.”6 So Lot went out to them through the doorway, shut the door behind him,7 and said, “Please, my brethren, do not do so wickedly!8 “See now, I have two daughters who have not known a man; please, let me bring them out to you, and you may do to them as you wish; only do nothing to these men, since this is the reason they have come under the shadow of my roof.”

9 And they said, “Stand back!” Then they said, “This one came in to stay here, and he keeps acting as a judge; now we will deal worse with you than with them.” So they pressed hard against the man Lot, and came near to break down the door.10 But the men reached out their hands and pulled Lot into the house with them, and shut the door.11 And they struck the men who were at the doorway of the house with blindness, both small and great, so that they became weary trying to find the door.

12 Then the men said to Lot, “Have you anyone else here? Son-in-law, your sons, your daughters, and whomever you have in the city—take them out of this place!13 “For we will destroy this place, because the outcry against them has grown great before the face of the Lord, and the Lord has sent us to destroy it.”14 So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who had married his daughters, and said, “Get up, get out of this place; for the Lord will destroy this city!” But to his sons-in-law he seemed to be joking.

15 When the morning dawned, the angels urged Lot to hurry, saying, “Arise, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be consumed in the punishment of the city.”16 And while he lingered, the men took hold of his hand, his wife’s hand, and the hands of his two daughters, the Lord being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city.17 So it came to pass, when they had brought them outside, that he said, “Escape for your life! Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains, lest you be destroyed.”18 Then Lot said to them, “Please, no, my lords!19 “Indeed now, your servant has found favor in your sight, and you have increased your mercy which you have shown me by saving my life; but I cannot escape to the mountains, lest some evil overtake me and I die.20 “See now, this city is near enough to flee to, and it is a little one; please let me escape there (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.”21 And he said to him, “See, I have favored you concerning this thing also, in that I will not overthrow this city for which you have spoken.22 “Hurry, escape there. For I cannot do anything until you arrive there.” Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.

23 The sun had risen upon the earth when Lot entered Zoar.24 Then the Lord rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the Lord out of the heavens.25 So He overthrew those cities, all the plain, all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground.

26 But his wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.

27 And Abraham went early in the morning to the place where he had stood before the Lord.28 Then he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain; and he saw, and behold, the smoke of the land which went up like the smoke of a furnace.

29 And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when He overthrew the cities in which Lot had dwelt.

30 Then Lot went up out of Zoar and dwelt in the mountains, and his two daughters were with him; for he was afraid to dwell in Zoar. And he and his two daughters dwelt in a cave.31 Now the firstborn said to the younger, “Our father is old, and there is no man on the earth to come in to us as is the custom of all the earth.32 “Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve the lineage of our father.”

33 So they made their father drink wine that night. And the firstborn went in and lay with her father, and he did not know when she lay down or when she arose.34 It happened on the next day that the firstborn said to the younger, “Indeed I lay with my father last night; let us make him drink wine tonight also, and you go in and lie with him, that we may preserve the lineage of our father.”35 Then they made their father drink wine that night also. And the younger arose and lay with him, and he did not know when she lay down or when she arose.

36 Thus both the daughters of Lot were with child by their father.

37 The firstborn bore a son and called his name Moab; he is the father of the Moabites to this day.38 And the younger, she also bore a son and called his name Ben-Ammi; he is the father of the people of Ammon to this day.

v. 9 Compromise ruins our testimony

v. 23-29 Lot lost his wife, his fortune and his married daughters to Sodom! Loving the world is costly.

v. 30 Sin begets more sin.

v. 36 Compromise defiles our kids.

v. 38 His descendents became God's enemies!

Lot And Abraham



Took The Best (13:11)

Trusted God

Lost His Wife (19:26)

Kept His Wife who became a Mother of God's People

Lost His Kids (19:14)

Blessed His Children

Cursed His Descendents (19:38)

Blessed His Descendents

Lust Of Eyes (13:10)


Settled Gay Community (13:12-13)

Settled God's Country

Defiled Daughters (19:36)

Blessed Sons

Descendents God's Enemies (19:37)

Descendents God's People

Lot’s Line Ended

Abraham’s Line Never Ends

Competitor/ Opportunist

Peacemaker (13:8)

Took/ Grabbed

Trusted God's Choice (13:9)

The Most Dangerous Addiction in the World

What is the best way to deaden your children spiritually? What is the most deadly virus your children could ever be exposed to? Perhaps we should listen to a renowned media expert. Professor Neil Postman of New York University, says that between the ages of six and eighteen, the average child spends some 15,000 to 16,000 hours in front of the TV, whereas he spends only 13,000 hours in school. Postman says that during the first twenty years of an American child’s life, he will see some one million commercials, at the rate of about 1,000 per week!

As to television’s effects, the results are infamous:

·         Shortened attention span. Can’t think about God.

·         Reduced linguistic powers. Can’t talk about God.

·         Limited capacity for abstraction. Can’t dream about heaven.

·         Blur of adulthood and childhood. Can’t grow in Christ.

To attract and hold its audience, the TV industry feels it has to parade the taboos of culture: adultery, promiscuity, homosexuality, incest, violence, and sadism. As a result the lowest of activities become commonplace, and even morally cachet.

What does that mean? It means we are headed away from growing godly families if they are being exposed to constant deadly spiritual viruses on TV. Let me affirm and repeat what one pastor said in Chicago last year:

I am aware of the wise warnings against using words like “all,” “every,” and “always” in what I say. Absolutizing one’s pronouncements is dangerous. But I’m going to do it anyway. Here it is: It is impossible for any Christian who spends the bulk of his evenings, month after month, week upon week, day in and day out watching the major TV networks or contemporary videos to have a Christian mind. This is always true of all Christians in every situation! A Biblical mental program cannot coexist with worldly programming.

What is God's Method for Growing Us?

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

What Will You Choose for Your Mind Today?

v     Watch godlessness—It will callous you

v     Watch sensuality—It will defile you

v     Watch violence—It will desensitize you

v     Watch evil—It will distance you

v     Watch worldliness—It will discourage you

v     Watch Satan’s mind—You will forfeit Christ’s

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