Assault on Our Children

I was speaking at a Christian camp when a lady contacted me who lived in the area. She wanted to know if she could have an hour of my time and bring her 13-year-old son. This was a wonderful family of three. The father and mother were committed Christians and familiar with the message of Freedom in Christ. The son was a natural leader at school and church. Six months prior to our meeting, he had given a message Sunday evening on behalf of the youth group. The next Sunday he was looking at the pulpit when he was overwhelmed with homosexual thoughts toward the pastor.

Then the most unusual thing happened. He told his parents. That may happen once in 10,000 such cases. It reveals that this young man had a very open and trusting relationship with his parents. What happened next was also unusual. They knew what to do about it. They asked their son, “Did you want to think those thoughts?” “No!” he said. “Then they are not yours,” responded the parents. Satan was trying to destroy this wonderful family. If the young man had not told his parents he probably would have struggled with those thoughts for years and what would eventually happen is predictable. If he believed those thoughts were his, he would start questioning his sexuality, and probably come to the conclusion that he is gay. He would likely hide that from his good Christian parents, but eventually it would come out. In many cases they step out of the closest during their later teen years, announce that they are gay and walk away from the family and church.

The only reason this mother wanted to see me was to ask if they done enough to help the young man. They told him not to pay attention to such thoughts, because they are not his, eventually they would just go away, and that is what happened. We have been clearly warned about such tactics in 1 Tim. 4:1, “But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times, some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons.” That is happening all over the world at this present time. I’ll share more about that next week.

Dr. Neil

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