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By Lisa Cherry

This is Richard Dawkins, British evolutionary biologist, strident critic of creationism and the most famous atheist of our time.  (Perhaps you remember Richard Dawkins from Ben Stein’s popular movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.)   

In a recent interview with The Times magazine, Dawkins disclosed that he was sexually abused by a teacher. He also knew of classmates who were abused by the same man. 

Then he made this outlandish statement:

“I don’t think he did any of us lasting harm.”

Further he said that he could not condemn the “mild pedophilia” that he experienced.

His remarks line up with a growing trend to normalize the practice of adults having sex with children.

Are you as concerned about this as I am? Even while our families are standing firm with Jesus, we are witnessing a culture sliding further and faster toward secularism, perversion and atheism.

The sexual exploitation of our young children is potentially the coming new threat. Consider this quote from an “expert” in Canada (which as a culture is running a few years ahead of us in the moral/sexual slide.)

“True pedophiles have an exclusive preference for children, which is the same as having a sexual orientation. You cannot change this person’s sexual orientation.” 
--Dr. Hubert Van Gijseghem, retired psychologist, University of Montreal

In his article “Pedophiles want same rights as homosexuals,”  Jack Minor writes:

Using the same tactics used by “gay” rights activists, pedophiles have begun to seek similar status arguing their desire for children is a sexual orientation no different than heterosexual or homosexuals.

God help us!!

We will need courage and wisdom like never before, parents. We will need to be prepared to strongly resist this mindset as it infects not only our culture "out there" but also our culture "up close."

God made His will and ways abundantly clear in His word. Even as He wrote out the laws for His people in the book of Leviticus, He knew what was in the perverted unrestrained heart of man.

I encourage you to look soberly at this disturbing new trend of thinking “a little sex with our kids is okay.” I, for one, would prefer to stick my head in the sand and wish it away.

But, many are proposing that is what the body of Christ did to the homosexual issue a decade ago.  I think we can all see where that plan got us!

We must face this new threat in the power of the Holy Spirit. What do we "do?" Well, I am not sure!!! But resisting in the name of Jesus is a dandy place to start!

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nullDear Parents and Leaders,

This letter is one of the most important we have ever written.

It is 4:46 am. Doug and I are riding together in our car in route to Amherst, Massachusetts via the St. Louis airport. As I hauled my middle age body out of bed this morning, I was jolted with a reminder of why I was losing sleep.

1%

The statistic both haunts me and motivates me. That is the percentage of our young millennial generation who, according to Barna's recent research still have a true biblical worldview. (George Barna, Futurecast) The ones who held to six basic biblical questions such the sinless nature of Jesus and the truth of God's Word when polled about what they believe.

Our worldview predicts how we think.....

                                                         how we feel......

                                                                   and how we live.

It, according to those who study our human responses, is the strongest predictor of how we behave behind closed doors.

Something is terribly wrong. Something has radically shifted. Our young people are being hijacked from the very core foundations of basic bible truths, and we are watching the tsunami result.

Parents, do we care? Are we sufficiently alarmed?

I know I am writing today to a group who already does. But here we are. Watching the years tick by. We are busy people with so many demands on our lives. And too many of us our awakening to a horrible discovery of our own kids falling into the 99% pit.

Collectively, we must face our Goliath with new courage and new determination. Our God has not finished our stories, and He never leaves His people without hope!

Doug and I have spent the summer meditating on 1%. We have imagined what a new reality our children will face unless 1% is proven wrong. And we are freshly committed to doing all we can to aim our kids and yours kids for the Remnant of the Lord.

But here is another stat that is equally alarming.

9%

That is the number of current American adults who have a biblical worldview. Friends, that is also a problem. For how will we move the 1% if we do not also awaken the 9%?

So here is the bottom line of our call to you today. We at Frontline Family Ministries are urging you and your family to take decisive action. We urge you to stop right now and, in prayer, recommit your family to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Ask the Lord for the passion, vision, and plan to lead your family into spiritual maturity. Don't forget in the darkness that which you have previously seen in the light.

Today we humbly offer three ways we can be of help:

1. Consider joining us for Epic Truth.

Acquire the Fire is pulling out the stops this year to help your kids hit the 1%. We are pulling out the stops with our new resources, messages, and programs for parents at the weekend event to give you the tools needed to ransom your own kids. The Parent side of the weekend event will equip you as never before to win the invisible spiritual culture war attacking our family's lives. Click here for more information.

Bring other parents with you. Bring your kids' friends along as well.

Find some other parents to go if your kids are grown up now. Help us to carry the word.

2. Pray about signing up for our new Frontline Family Institute

This is big. Doug and I have recognized that so many have courageously mentored us over the years to pull our family over to the winning side that we want to improve our methods to offer a comprehensive, intensive mentorship program. This is something we have never done before. A one year "family internship" that will go beyond information to depths of spiritual transformation. Today is our first day to launch this new plan. Email or call Nathan to be one of the first to receive the packet explaining this revolutionary idea. Call 800 - 213 - 9899 or email nathan@victorydreamcenter.org

3. Connect with us deeper online and through prayer.

Frontline Families Website for Parents & Leaders

Here you will find encouragement from other leaders, resources for your family, and information about upcoming events. Also, submit a prayer request to our prayer team.

Frontline Moms & Dads Blog

Here you will find relevant articles and practical tips to help lead your kids, solve tough parenting challenges, and guard over your home.

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Here you can subscribe to our parenting "bites." Each day, you will receive a small tip for being a godly parent right now.

We look forward to hearing from you soon, as together, we share the hope of Jesus  Christ.

We are praying for each of your lives to be drawn closer to the One who loves us with an everlasting passion!

In His Service, 

Doug and Lisa

Susanna_Wesley

By Lisa Cherry

Ever wonder if someone out there might have an answer for some of your tough parenting dilemmas?

What if that someone would be speaking to us from the grave?

Susanna Wesley was the mother of 19, ten of whom lived to adulthood.  Two of her children totally turned the world upside down with revival fire.

John Wesley with his brother Charles founded the great Methodist movement which ushered in a transforming wave of spiritual renewal in the 18th century. Surely their mom could teach us a thing or two!!!

Here are her famous rules for her busy household.

Some of her ideas sound foreign to our modern ears. Yet before you dismiss them, note the strong love flowing through her rules. Very interesting…

Be inspired. Be challenged. And most of all, be equipped with some wisdom from the ages!!

Hmmmmm......would these rules work for us today???? Should they????

Susanna Wesley’s 16 House Rules

1. Eating between meals is not allowed.
2. As children they are to be in bed by 8 p.m.
3. They are required to take medicine without complaining.
4. Subdue self-will in a child, and this working together with God may save the child's soul.
5. Teach a child to pray as soon as he can speak.
6. Require all to be still during Family Worship.
7. Give them nothing that they cry for, and only that when asked for politely.
8. To prevent lying, punish no fault which is first confessed and repented of.
9. Never allow a sinful act to go unpunished.
10. Never punish a child twice for a single offense.
11. Commend and reward good behavior.
12. Any attempt to please, even if poorly performed, should be commended.
13. Preserve property rights, even in smallest matters.
14. Strictly observe all promises.
15. Require no daughter to work before she can read well.
16. Teach children to fear the rod. 

Susanna also wrote:

When the will of a child is totally subdued, and it is brought to revere and stand in awe of the parents, then a great many childish follies may be passed by.  I insist on the conquering of the will of children betimes, because this is the only strong and rational foundation of a religious education. When this is thoroughly done, then a child is capable of being governed by reason and piety.

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Distracted to Death,  Part II

See Distracted to Death, Part I here.

 Dear Gall,

So your patient is still reading…no big deal. We can fix that.

First, nudge his online searches into commentaries that cast the Enemy’s word into the light of science through psychology or mysticism.

He’ll quickly grab onto those ideas, too, because they’re familiar. You know he has already been introduced to some of our ideas about that in school—how all religions are created equal and how there’s no one “right way” but just a lot of variations of many ways to reach a perfected state.  The J-word is avoided at all costs in schools unless our Enemy is “dumbed-down” into being just some historical figure or teacher.

Yes, I know that invoking His name can stop us cold in our tracks. Just don’t let your patient catch wind of that, OK, and you won’t have a problem.

(I digress…but have you ever considered what a genius Our Father is? Instead of fighting the Enemy head on, he lures people into thinking the Enemy’s views were just one of many valid “truths.” BRILLIANT! This whole “coexist” thing cons people into thinking there’s truth in all religions. So they believe—or, sometimes, literally worship—EVERYTHING, not realizing that believing in everything is actually believing in nothing.)

Your patient shouldn’t have much trouble falling along those same lines. He has been prepared for that his whole life by much of his education and, certainly, through our friends in the media.

If he wavers in buying into the whole “relativism” thing, then you still have other tactics. Next, you get him to watch some of our favorite TV shows or websites that discredit the authenticity of the Bible. You just have to remind him that man wrote it, carefully blocking any thoughts that might try to creep in about the Enemy’s spirit directing all those words. We know the truth, but he sure doesn’t need to.

Got it?

So you task is simple: A) Fuel your patient’s pride by encouraging him to think his ideas are superior to the Enemy’s written words. B) If that fails, direct him towards other sources that discredit the validity and authority of the Enemy’s word. C) Inflate his ego so that he thinks his interpretations trump the literal words of the Bible. (Remind him, after all, that the Enemy created his brain so it’s perfectly fine to exalt reason.)

It’s so simple even a first-year minion could do it. So keep at it…

Your affectionate uncle,

ScrewedUp

 

Dear Gall,

Chill out, young man. Joining a church doesn’t mean much.

After all, where do you think we often do our best work?  In the bars? No, in the churches!

We love stirring  up strife. We love discrediting our Enemy by causing people who claim his name to hurt others. We love to sow doubts in the minds of believers.

This is our home turf, Gall, so don’t get all defeatist.

First of all, you need to assess the Enemy’s playing field. Frankly, some churches are no threat at all because they’re more like social clubs where people come to show off their cross necklaces and carry around nearly new Bibles that rarely get read. You can go to some churches and not even see a cross. (I guess someone thinks it might “offend”?)

If your young man is going to one of these “feel good” churches, then you won’t have much to worry about either.

All you have to do is wait for that day when he doesn’t “feel good” and blames it on the church or, better yet, the Enemy. All you have to do is nudge someone in his life to stab him in the back, give him a bad grade, get him in trouble at school.

One little calamity in life and he’ll blame the Enemy…and your work is nearly done. The worst case is that you may need to tempt someone into committing a blatant sin so that he or she is exposed as a hypocrite. That often does the trick.

If your patient is in one of those churches that preaches “I’m OK, You’re OK” theology, then you don’t have much of a threat either. All you have to do is stir his revulsion if he hears someone talking about sin or using some other such word that might suggest judgment. (It’s downright comical! They preach tolerance, but can’t tolerate those who preach the Enemy’s true words. We don’t have to lift a finger because they do all the discrediting for us. Sweet!)

Churches like these foster ideas that the Enemy is truly all about love: love, love, love, love. While that makes me want to puke, it is truly music to my ears because it glosses over judgment and sin, which makes the Enemy’s sacrifice on the cross irrelevant. “Sin” thus becomes a “porcupine word” that might hurt someone’s feelings. They just ignore what the Enemy calls “Law” and skip straight to their watered down version of “Gospel.” (Fits so neatly into our plans, eh?!)

After all, they reason, a loving “god” wouldn’t create hell. Therefore, we’re nothing more than red-suited, pitchfork-carrying cartoon figures conjured up by simple minds. (Foolish souls…how can they fight an Enemy they don’t think exists!)

Now if he’s in one of those other filthy buildings—where sniveling souls actually teach and believe the Enemy’s word—then you will need to seek the advice of me and others who cut our fangs snatching souls back in the bad ol’ days. We had to truly earn our quotas by much craftier deception than is often required today.

So do your reconnaissance and report back to me. We’ll develop a battle plan then.

Your affectionate uncle,

Screwedup

 

 

Dear Gall,

So this is worse than I thought, you little screw up. How did you let this go so far?

I told you from the beginning that all you had to do with your patient was to distract, distract, distract. Keep him glued to TV. Chained to his phone. Gripped by his ungodly friends.

You let that opportunity slip through your fingers. (Maybe you were too busy playing some of those video games, too, eh?!)

Then you let him go to that disgusting Enemy concert…which led him to the Enemy’s word…which led him to church…which, ultimately, led him to a church where people actually taught him how to avoid minions like you.

So now we have an all-out battle ahead, thanks to your ineptitude in coaxing him along the smooth path to Our Father’s kingdom.

Frankly, I’m not sure we can win him back unless he makes an outright renouncement of his faith in the Enemy. He already had the nerve to specifically renounce Our Father and His works, asking the Enemy to protect him from our every move.

His soul may be lost. But we still have hope because we can derail his efforts to snare others.

(Don’t think for a minute, though, that this won’t go on your record. You disgraced yourself and our family by letting this one slip through. You know what happens, too, when Our Father finds out who cost him a soul.)

Your only hope of redemption at this stage is to blunt his message. That takes us back to the first and most basic tactic (which you failed to fully utilize, I might add): DISTRACTION.

His syrupy sweet family must start to become his focus. He needs to put his wife and kids first, before his devotion to the Enemy.

You need to throw success or failure in his way, so he either gets obsessed with earning more earthly fame or money, or cowers in fear over not providing for his family.(Yes, I know what you’re thinking. The Enemy promises to meet all those needs. But he doesn’t need to dwell on that and you can surely find a way to make him doubt it.)

He needs to be distracted against the Enemy’s playbook (the Bible) as often as possible. When he does pick it up, you need to lure his mind onto other matters or, once again, renew your efforts to have him exalt his reason over the message.

You also need to discourage him at every turn when he sees our successes, particularly with the young people of today. Keep telling him, “One man can’t make a difference.” He will soon grow weary of any efforts and learn to keep his thoughts to himself.

In the meantime, we’re working to stir the forces of persecution in this nation so that sappy souls like him will be put to the test for what they believe. Luckily for us, many will fail when asked to choose between the Enemy and their pride, their reputation, their livelihood, their homes, their families, or their lives.

A little ridicule and belittling goes a long way in keeping the Enemy camp quiet.

Better yet, Our Father is crafting ways to make these weak-minded losers not even realize they’re cheapening their faith. Inch by inch, Our Father is making them more dependent on man-made bureaucracies for their daily bread, instead of what they profess on Sundays as their Bread of Life. Soon, they’ll just love the Enemy’s creations and think little about the Creator. (It won’t take long either. Look how much progress we’ve made in other parts of the world where belief in the Enemy is negligible.)

So, yes, dear Gall, we have many battles ahead. So learn from this failure and apply those lessons on the next patient. As Our Father gains influences in the culture, our work becomes easier.

Your affectionate uncle,

Screwedup

 

 

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Guest Post by Beth Groh

A Note from Lisa:   How about an insightful yet caustic letter from hell to shake up your kids? That is exactly what our  friend C. S. Lewis did for us when he penned the Screwtape Letters.

Have you read this classic work that allows us to peek into the thought bombs leveled at us from the forces of darkness?

I remember the profound impact those letters had on me as a young Christian. So what if someone wrote an "updated version" of that classic to enlighten a new generation of Christians?

That is exactly the question my sister, Beth, was pondering the day she took a stab at some Screwtape Letters for her own teenagers. I asked her permission to share them with you and your family.

Here are my questions for you after you read these thought provoking letters:

Do you think Beth's insights are correct? Are we being Distracted to Death?

How would you pen a letter if it was your project to attempt?? 

Thanks Beth for sharing your creative writings. They are truly making me mindful of the thought bombs deployed in my life!!

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities,
against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12

Distracted to Death, Part I

By Beth Groh

Dear Gall,

Don’t whine about having such a “tough assignment.” Really?! You think it’s tough to steer a soul towards Our Father in today’s society? Wah, wah, wah…

You’ve got everything you need right at your fingertips: 24/7 distractions, disinterest in all things spiritual, a bombardment of Our Father’s handiwork everywhere, rebellion, lawlessness, you name it.  And don’t forget our weapons of mass distraction: Facebook, Twitter, You Tube and the like. 

You’ve got it so easy. You don’t even have to battle truth like we did back in the day. We used to have to nudge people into rejecting what the Enemy held out as truth. (It was actually quite fun, I must admit, and easier than you might think.)

But today, these dull sheep don’t even believe in truth anyway because one person’s “truth” is another’s “heresy.” These intellectual slobs like to play nice and accept everyone’s views on faith (or no faith) as valid.

How tough can it be for you to nudge someone into rejecting the Enemy’s version of truth when they deny it exists?

So give me a break with all your complaints…I have little patience.

But I do have orders from the lower minions to keep you on task. So I will have to put up with your sniveling while I guide you through this process over the next couple of weeks.

Why? Well, I’m ordered to, for one thing.

But also Our Father realizes that the stakes are quite high right now. He’s reaching a tipping point--not just capturing a few souls, but in decimating an entire generation. 

That, in turn, could get us the soul of a nation.

Ah, yes, the sweet smell of victory is in the air. (And wouldn’t that be juicy revenge for that naïve promise in the Garden at the beginning of the ages that victory would be in the hands of the “good guys”?! Ha!)

So let me know about any resistance you might face and I’ll walk you through it.

I will also try to stay awake watching you do your thing, although it’s really quite boring and lacks the vigor I used to face in the day when I had to pick off those who truly did know the Enemy’s words. (Now THAT was fun. This is mere child’s play.)

But I’ll do my part. Just keep me posted and look for opportunities, even though you don’t have to look too far.

Your affectionate uncle,

Screwedup

 

Dear Gall,

Would you quit texting and just pick up the phone?

Yes, I know your patient went to a church youth group thing last night. And, yes, I know he was singing along with songs praising the Enemy.

So what?

He went there to be entertained. He was. He went there because he liked a girl who was going.  She was.

He was just there for the entertainment and didn’t come with a lot of curiosity about what was being said.  (So did you really have to send me an urgent message?!)

Instead of getting so worked up about him singing the “Jesus” word, all you had to do was stay calm and remember your most powerful weapon: distraction.

When your patient’s mind starting to listen to the pastor’s words, all you had to do was nudge someone to text him. You stir curiosity about where is other friends are tonight. You plant a thought about the homework he still needs to complete. You draw his eyes towards what all the girls around him are wearing and what they’re doing. (Lust also is a powerful tool.)

Think about it, Gall. Is it really too hard to get him thinking about anything other than a message about the Enemy when he’s surrounded by other amusements?

How often does your patient ever unplug anyway and truly think anyway? Does he ever really ponder heavy stuff that might allow him to tap into his memories of Bible stories from his youth about the Enemy? His brain darts from one idea to another throughout the day as it is. If it’s not his phone, it’s his TV, his iPod, his Xbox.

Even in school, he doesn’t have to do that much deep thinking. He just has to remember concepts long enough to check A, B, C, or D. Deep thoughts? Hardly.

So don’t overly complicate this, Gall. Distract. Distract. Distract. Nine times out of 10 that will shut down any meaningful reflection that could allow the Enemy to infiltrate.

Next time, I’ll give you some other tips. But in the meantime, just keep it simple, OK? And, remember, this is soooo easy…

Your affectionate uncle,

Screwedup

 

Dear Gall,

Calm down. So your patient went to a Bible study class with a few friends after that Enemy concert. Big deal.

Actually, it’s almost easier to steal somebody who’s actually flirting with the Enemy’s ideas and offers of peace, salvation, love, blah, blah, blah.

We can still win them. And, the truth be told, we can sometimes mold them into one of our ambassadors without them even knowing it. (Truly, it’s a delicious sport that we’re about to play here!)

Now your first order of business is to remember your most basic tool. You do remember that Gall, correct?

Yes, it’s distraction. If he reads the Bible or is in a Bible study class, then don’t forget the obvious first step, which is to plant ideas that take his mind off the Enemy’s words. Sometimes that alone is enough to shut down the entire threat.

If that doesn’t work, then the real fun begins. You must follow the lead of Our Father and his most tried and true tactic. (If it worked in the Garden of Eden, it can surely work today.) You play on the patient’s pride and encourage him to trust his intellect.

How did Our Father do that? He simply planted doubt on the Enemy’s promise with one question, “Did God really say…?”

VOILA! Eve took the bait. She questioned. She used her own mind to trump God’s word. She arrogantly thought she knew better than the one who created her.

And it gets even better…she then shared those ideas with her mate, Adam. It was a 2-for-1 deal for Our Father!

Sure, the Enemy made this promise that he would someday overcome Our Father. He made a good run at it, too, with the whole cross thing.

But I look around now and see how many souls we have won—and how many more are just so ripe for the taking—and I can’t help believe that Our Father has momentum on his side. (That’s why we’re moving so fast and furiously right now to keep building on those gains.)

So think about it, Gall. The first two people the Enemy made—who had all the beauty and things of this world right there for the taking—rejected that promise, even though they used to walk with the Enemy in that Garden. Do you really think it’s that hard to get someone thousands of years later, who is simply reading about these stories in a book, to question and doubt?

Easy breezy…

Just, one, plant those doubts in your patient’s mind and get him thinking he knows more than the Enemy’s word. Then, second, plant the idea that this book is filled with a bunch of fairy tales anyway that have no real meaning today.

Got it? You simply have to get him to Exalt Reason, instead of simply using reason. Then you have to Discredit the Word. And I can give you a whole lesson on that next time.

Your affectionate uncle,

Screwedup

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