CHILDREN HAVE A RIGHT...
EPHESIANS 6: 1 - 4
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JESUS CHRIST said, "Let the little children come unto Me, and do
not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew
Children have a right to come to Jesus.
Jesus had a harsh condemnation for anyone who did anything to
misdirect a child: "...whoever causes one of these little ones
who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a
millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the
depth of the sea" (Matthew 18:6).
If that were applied literally today, the person with the
millstone concession would make a fortune.
It is estimated that 4.5 million children are abused annually.
Sam Janus in THE DEATH OF INNOCENCE records that there are over
5,000 reported cases of incest annually in America with up to
twenty times that number no reported.
The Lord God said, "None of you shall approach anyone who is
near of kin to him, to uncover his nakedness" (Lev. 18:6).
The FBI estimates there are over 100,000 young people who run
away from home annually. Friends who minister on the beaches of
Florida frequently have told me of the hunger, loneliness, and
poor housing many youth on the run have. They are abandoned,
unappreciated, physically and emotionally abused by strangers.
Yet, these youth say this is a better life that the one
fromwhich they ran. They say it is better to be beaten up and
sexually abused by someone you don't know and don't care about
than by members of your family you want to love and care about.
Child abuse is one symptom of the stress in our society. ...
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