Key Verse: Verse 8 - “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
Key Words: whatsoever things are pure
The importance of personal decency is at great risk today. We are told in Leviticus 20:7a, “Sanctify yourself therefore, and be ye holy…” Sadly, the standards of the world have been taken as the standards for the children of God.
A local paper reported the events of a pop rock group that came to town. The entire article was about one of the performers in the group. The young man had not even reached his eighteenth birthday. Now, I won’t - no, I can’t - even use the same terms that were in the article, but the caption by his picture flatly stated that he would not stop “pulling his pants down.”
The article went on to describe the concert that was attended, for the most part, by pre-teens. Children ages nine through twelve made up most of the audience. These groups that appeal to the pre-teen aged children are at best ungodly and at worst infidels. According to Dr. James Dobson, “Their aim is to introduce young people to a sexual experience.”
God’s Word says that we are to, “Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;” (Ecclesiastes 12:1). May I explain? Make wise decisions as a young person, or your days will be filled with no pleasure in the end.
The newspaper article went on to say that during the concert little nine, ten, eleven, and twelve year-old girls took off their clothes and threw them on stage. Whatever happened to personal decency? What has happened to the moral character of our parents? Lord, help us to stand for righteousness.
✞ Outline some Godly standards for your family and live by them. (You may want to seek some help from the pastor or staff.)
✞ Guard who your children run with and what music they listen to.
✞ Pray daily with and for your children.
✞ Have personal Bible studies on moral purity.
✞ Faithfulness to every service will greatly help and give you much material for use in your home.
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