Even Children Are Tempted


James 1:14-15 states, “But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.”

I have been thinking about my recent post on “A New Strategy for Porn Websites”. This new information has really been grieving me. Let me explain. I recently reread this portion of my booklet Loving Limits.

“Perhaps one of the most devastating, common sin problems parents do not anticipate and prepare for are sexual sins at the point of sexual awakening of their children. For thousands of years, right on schedule, children begin puberty and enter the world of sexual arousal. Remember, the growth and development of our children is not the sin.

“We must recognize that he is now ready to be tempted, that he can be drawn away by his own desires and enticed by many new sins. If parents hold the view that because their child accepted Christ as Savior he no longer has to worry about new temptations, they unexpectedly allow their children to be exposed and tempted by very dangerous stimuli.

“If our children are exposed to materials and influences that God never intended for them to be exposed to, then we are setting them up for failure. When sexual arousal begins, they will be ill equipped to resist. In fact, most children have been exposed to so much, they actually think it is “normal” to sin. Clear, loving limits are desperately needed for a fallen society!”

In a recent edition of Time Magazine dealing with the typical 13 year old child, the research stated that at 13 parents will “finally” decide it is time to talk to their boys about masturbation. However, they are two years too late because research has shown that most boys begin masturbation at 11. The reason I bring this up is because too many parents wait too long to begin to protect their young boys. For some reason we think sexual arousal only arrives at 13, not 9, 10 or 11! By the time parents begin to hold boys accountable and take protective measures to keep them from pornography it is often too late!

OK, I really don’t want to grind this into the ground, but I cannot emphasize enough, please begin to protect boys early! If you have cable TV, figure out how to “lock” certain stations and shows with certain ratings. If you have internet access, read my recent post (A New Strategy For Porn Websites) and make sure you are taking “high tech” protective measures! By all means get software to block pornography. It is much better to take these steps now and wonder if you really needed to than to find out your son or daughter has been taken captive to a sin that is controlling their life!

May God’s grace and peace be with you,
Mark Strohm, Jr.

You can download a free copy of Loving Limits at: Loving Limits Book

You can check out the internet Protection software I use at: BSafe Internet Protection Software

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Mark Strohm

Husband, father, grandfather, Mark has served as teacher, school principal, church staff, seminar speaker, writer.

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