Teenage Lives Matter

The world's culture appeals directly to the flesh. It does not ask permission from parents to tempt their teenagers. Apart from the work of the Holy Spirit, the flesh is an intimate gateway for the world's temptations. The message that the world gives seeks to discredit the biblical message that Christian parents offer. Galatians 5:19-21 and Proverbs 9 teach that the teenager's flesh willingly listens to the world's message of subversion. Parents, you must be aware of this warfare! Your call for your teenagers to be pure may be met with a scoffing, mocking world that already has an "in" with your teenager. "But my teenager has made a profession of faith," you protest. But the battle against the flesh goes on whether or not your teenager is a Christian. If he is a Christian, Galatians 5 teaches that he will still battle his flesh. If she is not a Christian, the same battle occurs, but without the power of the Savior to overcome the enemy. In both cases the answer is the gospel!

According to the unique situation of a particular family, boundaries, restrictions and wise consequences will be weapons to deploy in this battle to shepherd your children for God. However, do not leave out the call of Christ through his gospel. Otherwise your efforts will be in vain.

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