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FAMILY: THE BASIC UNIT OF SOCIETY
People of The Living God
Testimony of Truth
“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” (Gen 2:24). In the beginning God created male and female and God established the family. It is from this basic unit of society established by God that all societies stem. When this fundamental unit loses its importance in a culture, is attacked, torn down and its existence threatened, that society will ultimately fall. A civilization that will attack God’s original plan and order for His creation, will destroy itself from within, it takes no outside force or enemy to conquer that society or nation. God in His infinite wisdom and knowledge, instituted an order which will bless all people and all nations, and His mandate was inaugurated because He loved man whom He created and desired the best for him. That which is best is male and female in holy matrimony, bearing and rearing children with the attendance of both the masculine and feminine influence. It is through God’s divine order that societies would live most happily and successfully.
In God’s great love for man, He gave us Ten Commandments, each intended to bring about a pleasurable existence for man on this planet. It is sad that many Christians today feel the commands of God are oppressive and restrictive, and not realizing their value cast them off as a shackle of bondage. Little do they realize they are casting aside that which God gave in love. God did not give commandments in order to enslave men but that they could live lives of freedom, with peace and security. To any who look upon the commands in scripture as bondage, you have received a lie of the devil, for it is he who sinned from the beginning and is the father of lies and the father of sin. And what is sin? Transgression of the law (I Jn. 3:4). Sin is disregarding and breaking God’s law. Sin opens the door for Satan to work in an individual’s life and from there to spread like a cancer throughout society. Sin invites Satan to destroy a person, a society or a nation.
Since the destruction of the family affects society and nations, we want in this article to concentrate on the seventh command, “Thou shalt not commit adultery (Ex. 20:14), one major transgression that affects this nucleus of society. Grievous as it is in our twenty–first century many Christians don’t see anything wrong with adultery. When we observe the troubling statistics that the divorce rate among Christians is equal to that of non–Christians, it appears that Christians today are ignorant of the seriousness of the effects in breaking this command. As a Christian, I am appalled at how much emphasis professing Christians put upon sex and physical beauty rather than on those things that God deems important such as good works and Godly character. God told Samuel that while men look at the outward appearance, God looks at the heart (I Sam. 16:7). Jesus accented this fact in His Sermon on the Mount when He said, “whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart (Matt 5:28). The modern idea among many Christians is that as long as it stays in the heart, it is permissible and we are not to worry or be overly concerned about it. Another lie of hell! God is dealing with the heart and its motives, for what is in the heart will eventually come out, sometimes when we least expect it. Previous to Christ’s statement regarding lusting after a woman, He says, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God (Matt. 5:8). God is looking at our hearts.
The question then arises: How important is God’s law to the church? When the church forsakes the law of God, the society in which it exists loses any moorings it may have had and is like a ship cast upon a stormy sea, finding itself at the mercy of the seas. Rejecting the commands and laws of God is to set the stage for the perfect storm, and the ship will not recover. The threat of a stormy sea is not as great as the jeopardy of casting off the law of God, for when the God’s commands are rejected by society, it will find itself at the mercy of sin and Satan, neither of which have any mercy whatsoever.
Christians today are faced with the grave issue of gay marriage and many pastors and churches are caving in to the pressures of the homosexual and perverted militants. The rejection of the seventh command has paved the way in which homosexual marriage has found entrance into our society. If adultery had not become so prevalent today, the gay marriage debate would not even be on the table. American society has cracked the door and sin has pried it open and entrance has been made for all sexual sins which are destroying our society today. The wise man Solomon states the great deception of looking at the outward beauty rather than the purity of the heart in Proverbs 7 and so I will allow him to complete this article with his words of wisdom.
Prov. 7:1–27 (KJV) “My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye. Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart. Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman: That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words. For at the window of my house I looked through my casement, And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding, Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house, In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night: And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart. (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house: Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.) So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him, I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows. Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee. I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt. I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves. For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey: He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed. With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him. He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks; Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life. Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth. Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths. For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her. Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.”
Bro. Al King