Women, incest, and the internet...

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For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality... (1 Thessalonians 4:3)

If you want to see this sort of father-daughter sweetness in your home...

In Corinth, sexual perversion and immorality were everywhere, starting with their houses of worship. This "everywhere" included the Christian house of worship where the congregation was very proud while their brother in Christ lived in their midst incestuously, with their full knowledge of the fact.

This is America and the church of America, today. We are proud of our religion; of our deep theological understanding and grace-centered living. Meanwhile, our children view naked flesh and commit incest. You could call it secret, but we don't ask or put up safeguards around them, so these sins in our homes and church are don't ask-don't tell public sins.

Your daughters should never ever shower with their father! What, are you crazy? You think your husband's above that? You think your daughter would...

resist her father? Your daughter should never ever EVER shower with her brother! Your son should never use his computer anywhere but in the common places where you are passing by, and his screen must always be facing the center of the room—never the wall. At home, because its screen is too small for you to see, your son should leave his smartphone in his pocket. And you should know if he sins by looking at naked flesh on it because, if he does, you must take his smartphone from him. This is basic Christianity.

Now you might not like the vehemence and directness of my statements, but I mean to shock you out of your complacency. Incest is everywhere in the Reformed church—and this particularly within large families. Surprised?

You shouldn't be. The pastors of our church spend much of our lives working with young men and women of Covenant homes who have committed gross sexual perversions with one another, and this while their parents were proud of their use of a classical curriculum and their understanding of Covenant succession. Trouble is, they'd never had a pastor, elder, or older Titus 2 woman command them to guard the smartphone, computer, and TV screens of their children, husband, or wife.

Here's an idea: if your sons and daughters are viewing naked flesh unhindered in the family room and bedroom, every other body in your home becomes the object of his or her lust, and it's just a matter of time before you are weeping uncontrollably.

So guard your wife. Your husband. Your sons and daughters. 

And especially yourself. Women now commit well over a third of the viewing of naked flesh on the internet. Mothers, would you please read the article I just linked to? Thanks.

Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and big lots of grandchildren.

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