An open letter to Wasilla Bible Church and the churches of Wasilla, Alaska.
To Wasilla Bible Church and the churches of Wasilla,
To Wasilla Bible Church and the churches of Wasilla, Alaska:
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and Saviour.
It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you. And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned.
Ashley Brown, associate pastor of Wasilla Bible Church, boasts that teen pregnancy “is not so uncommon up here. It’s easier to accept in Alaska.” http://www.newsweek.com/id/156679?tid=relatedcl
Mr. Brown, fornication may be acceptable in Wasilla Bible Church.
And fornication may be acceptable in the churches of Wasilla.
But fornication is not acceptable in the kingdom of God.
No God-fearing, Bible-believing Christian would dare defy God’s ordinance of the sanctity of marriage and family by boasting that their community standards supersede Biblical standards. Only a fool would utter such profane words!
In the beginning the marriage institution was ordained of God in Eden. The purpose of marriage is to promote public order and personal well-being; to prevent fornication; and to bring up children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Marriage is a loving relationship established by mutual agreement or a covenant. A Christian husband and wife mutually consent to unite into one family. They agree to unite in love, interests, and actions. They consent to establish a loving, godly home to fulfill their physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs. The marital bond joins them together in both physical unity and spiritual unity.
Unquestionably, the bedrock of the true
Christian home is Christ. The
true Christian couple wisely builds their house upon the Rock – the Lord
Jesus Christ. “Therefore whosoever heareth
these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man,
which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods
came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for
it was founded upon a rock” (Matthew
true Christian home is where Christ is the Head and the Heart of the
family. The true Christian family loves and obeys the Lord.
Their words and their actions prove a loving obedience to the Head
of the house. “For not the hearers of the law are just before
God, but the doers of the law shall be justified” (Romans 2:13).
Therefore, a godly mother will instruct her child in the laws and statutes
of God, and she will be a godly example of righteousness.
On the contrary, an
immoral mother can neither instruct her child in the way of righteousness
nor be a godly example. To
assert that an immoral person can be a model of Christian morality is
ludicrous. It is a devilish
lie. Therefore, an unwed mother and her bastard son cannot be called a
true Christian family.
household where parents counsel their unwed son or daughter not to marry
and sanctify their illegitimate child is not a true Christian family. Any God-fearing, Bible-believing parent would counsel their
son or daughter to marry according to God’s holy ordinance. “As for me
and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
unwed father and an unwed mother is not a true Christian family.
The father must marry the mother and provide for his wife and
child. “Therefore shall a
man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they
shall be one flesh” (Genesis 2:24).
The Bible also declares that a man who refuses to provide for his
own is worse than an infidel: “But if any provide not for his
own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith,
and is worse than an infidel” (I Timothy 5:8).
Thus, an unwed father who refuses to marry the mother of his
bastard and provide a home for his wife and child has denied the faith,
and is worse than an infidel. This is what the Scripture declares.
To Wasilla Bible Church and the churches of Wasilla: It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you. And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned; teen pregnancy "is not so uncommon up here. It’s easier to accept in Alaska.”
fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once
named among you, as becometh saints (Ephesians 5:3).
A church that accepts unwed parents as a true Christian family is not a true church. It is a synagogue of Satan. The Bible clearly warns us that unrepentant fornicators shall not inherit the kingdom of heaven. “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators. . .shall inherit the kingdom of God” (I Corinthians 6:9,10). Any person who argues that unrepentant fornicators will inherit the kingdom of God is calling the apostle Paul a liar.
And any person who argues that fornication is natural
and accepted in the kingdom of God is calling Jesus Christ a liar.
Jesus preaches: “Blessed are the pure
in heart: for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8). “That
which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.
For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts,
adulteries, fornications. . .All these evil things come from
within, and defile the man” (Mark
7:20-23). Jesus calls
indulgent youth, like Bristol Palin, argue that sexual purity is not
realistic. This is evil babbling that changes the truth into a lie: “Who
changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the
creature more than the Creator.” To
babble that sexual indulgence is uncontrollable is a desperately weak lie
wholly unsupported by evidence. The fact is that for centuries strong,
young Christian men and women have married as virgins.
Let me repeat
that: The fact is that for
centuries strong, young Christian men and women have married as virgins.
Fornicators babble that they are “victims” of human nature. But the root of fornication is spiritual. A person who is weak in the spiritual will be weak in the flesh. By the power of the Holy Spirit, a strong Christian will have a strong character. “Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would” (Galatians 5:16, 17).
The weak-willed, or
feeble-minded, babble that it is unrealistic to control their passions.
fornicators who are unwed parents often cop out of their
responsibilities. The best
interests of the child – to be reared in a sanctified Christian family
– are ignored so the unwed parents can focus on self-serving goals:
finishing college, starting a career, and so forth and so on.
Of course, these may be pursued during marriage, but self-serving
youth do not have the moral strength of character to accept their duties
and responsibilities and honestly face the consequences of fornication.
And too often
parents of sexually indulgent youth wink at their fornication and allow
them to cop out of their responsibilities. They enable them to cop out by
excusing their transgressions with such babbling as
“Life happens.” Listen,
no true Christian babbles such foolishness that originated from the crude
doesn’t just happen! A
child born out of wedlock is the result of fornication.
To cop out of the consequences of fornication is cowardly,
irresponsible, and ungodly.
Listen, if youth are
not mature enough to be married and raise children, youth are not mature
enough for sex.
Again, if youth
are not mature enough to be married and raise children, youth are not
mature enough for sex.
must be wise enough not to lead themselves into temptation. In other
words, they must not tempt their passions by putting themselves into
tempting situations. “Flee also youthful lusts” (2 Timothy 2:22).
Here is the truth about some of the realistic
consequences of fornication:
Infected with a STD. According to the American Social Health organization, one out of four teens in the United States becomes infected with a sexually transmitted disease (STD) each year. And by the age of 25, half of all sexually active young adults will get a STD. Some STDs, like AIDS, cannot be cured and are deadly. Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting (Galatians 6:7,8).
Dropping out of school or delaying further education.
Delayed or lost career opportunities.
Responsible for raising a child before teen parent's mental maturity.
Responsible for the economic welfare of a child. Often the economic welfare of the child falls on the unwed mother. The fact is that many unwed fathers shirk their responsibility to financially provide for the child.
Responsible for the emotional welfare of the child. Unwed parents have already proven they are not emotionally mature to care for a child. They let emotions such as uncontrolled passions rule regardless of the consequences.
Sacred obligation of the daily religious teaching of the child. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up (Deut. 6:6,7). Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity (I Timothy 4:12). Unwed parents are spiritually unfit to teach their child morality. Actions speak louder than words. Unquestionaby, an unwed parent cannot be a godly example of holiness. An unwed parent cannot be an example of a Christian mother or father.
Complicates later marital relations. Unwed teens don’t generally marry the parent of the bastard. This complicates the husband and wife relationship when they later marry someone else.
Divides the home. An unwed mother and unwed father living apart is a house divided. “Every city or house divided against itself shall not stand” (Matthew 12:25). Loving Christian couples unite to be become one household of faith.
Fails to provide a godly, loving home environment for the child. The bastard has no true home where he daily feels the love of both parents as they watch over, care for, and guide the child as he grows emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Without his father and mother both living in the home, the child doesn’t receive all the love that a child needs to develop into an emotionally healthy person. A parent’s love can never be substituted by the love of a grandfather, grandmother, or any other relative. Jesus loves children and warns us: “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea” (Matthew 18:6).
Added responsibility on the grandparents, siblings, and other relatives of the illegitimate child. Often the grandparents have the added responsibility of raising an illegitimate grandchild in their household. As a result, this adds to the expenses of raising their children. And since the unwed parent is immature and not prepared to properly care for the child, the grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and other relatives must assume the responsibility.
Mental anguish caused by the guilt of fornication.
Social outcasts in moral communities. In a truly moral society, unwed parents are social outcasts. In some communities, unwed girls are called “whores” or “white trash” regardless of their economic or social status.
Spiritual outcasts in the true Christian church. By refusing to repent and marry to sanctify their relationship and child, unwed parents are spiritual outcasts. But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator. . .Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person. (I Corinthians 5:11,13).
Unrepentant fornicators shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators. . .shall inherit the kingdom of God (I Corinthians 6:9).
In order to sanctify
the unclean relationship, fornicators in the church must repent .
That is, they must marry and build a true Christian home.
Based on 1 Corinthians 7:14, marriage will sanctify the unclean
However, some fornicators refuse to publicly confess their sin and repent. They proudly try to substitute public good works for private sin. For example, publicly speaking out against teen pregnancy is no atonement for the private sin of fornication. Private sin can never be cloaked with public good works. This is not repentance. This is a manipulative strategy to absolve one of repentance and portray self as a “victim” of human nature.
control among teens is not the
same as advocating sexual purity. Advocating birth control among teens is
actually advocating fornication! This is wicked! These fornicators deserve public rebuke
for such a devilish strategy. “Them
that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear” (I Timothy 5:20).
To Wasilla Bible Church and the churches of Wasilla: It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you. And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned.
Fornication may be acceptable in Wasilla Bible Church.
And fornication may be acceptable in the churches of Wasilla.
But fornication is not acceptable in the kingdom of God.
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
Serving our Lord Jesus Christ and Saviour,
Karen Pansler-Lam, J.D.