Hazael said, “Why does my lord weep?” Then he answered, “Because I know the evil that you will do to the sons of Israel: their strongholds you will set on fire, and their young men you will kill with the sword, and their little ones you will dash in pieces, and their women with child you will rip up.” (2 Kings 8:12)
Time and again, those who pastor souls are called by God to enter into the havoc and destruction caused by the sexual depredation of children. Sometimes it's the children themselves who initiate the sin; other times it's an older relative or some unrelated adult, both male and female. One tragic aspect of this ministry is watching how often sexualized children grow up into bondage to sexual perversion, themselves. Little boys molested by older boys or men grow up desiring men rather than women.
This simple fact needs to be forced out of the closet, into the light...Such bondage is often healed by the power of the Holy Spirit through the preaching of the Word, prayer, the grace of the Sacraments, and the love and discipline of the fellowship of believers called the Church. We testify to this truth and praise God for His great kindness and tender mercies to sinners!
And if we are to be agents of reconciliation, we must cultivate the wise-as-serpents part of pastoral care. We must grow in our ability to recognize danger, coming to know the haunts it keeps and the tell-tale signs of predators and their victims. Also, our preaching must be as peritinent and helpful as the Word of God. Pastors should preach and teach and speak privately about sexual purity, warning against sexual immorality as specifically and frequently as the Apostle Paul.
Let me give a couple examples.
Pastors and elders and Titus 2 women counselling troubled marriages should ask about the frequency of sexual intercourse, expecting numbers rather than generalities. Godly fathers should speak to their son about the length of his showers. Godly mothers would be wise to say "no" to their daughter's request to sleep over at a friend's house if the only adult with them would be her friend's divorced and single father. Elders should ask about hotel room movies and traveling companions and lunch meetings when speaking with women or men who travel for a living. Premarital counseling should always include specific questions about past and present immorality that can only be escaped by those with great skill in deception. Parents of older teenagers should be warned not to place SAT scores, college degrees, or scholarships over sexual purity, understanding that the Apostle Paul was absolutely right when he declared, "It's better to marry than to burn."
Pastors, elders, deacons, older women, mothers, youth leaders, fathers and grandfathers, please do add to this list.
The above is my response to this symposium held by a group of intellectuals yesterday in Baltimore. The keynote speaker was Fred Berlin, M.D., Ph.D., founder of the Johns Hopkins Sexual Disorders Clinic of Johns Hopkins University. LifeSiteNews.com reports the conference included "panelists from Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Louisville, and the University of Illinois." The goal of the symposium was to strategize about the best way to normalize pederasty and pedophilia, and to lower the age of consent--in other words, to remove the "stigma" from sexual perverts who destroy the souls of God's little ones. Here are the organization's "Principles and Perspectives of Practice."
Over the next couple of decades, those of you who are younger will watch as the wicked, encouraged and supported by purportedly Christian intellectuals conniving at their wickedness, accomplish the mainstreaming of sex with children and animals as they've accomplished the mainstreaming of sodomy over the course of the past three decades. One day soon, the perversions of pedophilia and pederasty will be treated with as much preciousness as sodomy has come to be treated today. And this great wickedness will be accomplished by perverts riding on the backs of intellectuals who tell Christianity Today that they favor the repeal of age-of-consent laws just as before they told Christianity Today they favored the repeal of sodomy laws.
Both are abominations before God. Both destroy souls. And both will be the precious children of pastors and seminary professors eager to prove their gracefulness.
The terror is that, by the time this happens, no one will remember this warning and I have no idea what demonic vices will next be endured, pitied, then embraced.
(TB, w/thanks to Daniel)