i) “Train up a CHILD in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6 KJV).
ii) “Lo, CHILDREN are an heritage of the Lord…” (Psalm 127:3 KJV).
iii) “And, ye fathers, provoke not your CHILDREN to wrath; but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4 KJV).
Dear friend, it is my pleasure to welcome you to another session of interesting discourse on this blog. If per adventure this is your first time out on this blogosphere, I say congratulations to you in addition. You’re guaranteed a glorious space for the worthwhile investment of every minute you’ll be engaging to feast on a knowledge diet that is second to none – as far as the subject matter of marriage is concerned.
Why do I say that? Because it is the Lord’s doing, and it must be marvelous to, and in every eye that’s not blurred by luciferism (Satanism).
So, what are we discussing this time around? None other than CHILD-MARRIAGE. Some call it Under-age Marriage or Girl-Child Marriage. It has become a topical issue globally, so much so that, the United Nations organization has passed what it calls the ‘Child Rights Act’ to (among other things) protect children below age 18 years from being forced into marriage. Many sane nations of the world are signatories to this UN act, in addition to their national laws that peg voting and marriage age at 18 years.
Dear reader, in this teaching, it shall be my unassailable contention and assertion that, beyond the issue of protection for the girl-child, under-age marriage is Lucifer’s renewed war against marriage and the family – two great institutions established by God. And as usual, my postulations shall be firmly rooted in God’s laws as contained in the Bible – the manual for living.
Before beginning our exploration, let’s consider some definitions of terms:
- Child-Marriage is a marriage between an adult male and a minor – a girl-child that’s below the age of 18 years.
- Lucifer is Satan – God’s enemy – who lost a war against God in Heaven and was cast to the earth (Isaiah 14:12, Revelation 12:9 KJV), and is ever determined to UNDO whatever God did or does, so as to rubbish God’s creations (Genesis 3:1-11, Zechariah 3:1, Matthew 13:19, 1Thessalonians 2:18 KJV).
- Family is, for the purpose of this post, a people-group comprising a husband and a wife (in a legal and godly marriage), and their child or children (if any), ideally living together.
Uproar in Nigeria over Child-Marriage Debate in the Senate
Following recent debates in my country’s Senate – the upper legislative chambers – that tended to give a surreptitious official approval to child-marriage, a furore erupted across the country in anti-girl-child marriage protests, which cut across ethnic, religious and cultural divides. An unrepentant paedophilic Senator who, a couple of years back married a 13-year old girl (as 2nd or 3rd wife?) had wrong-footed and blackmailed the Senate into voting for what turned out to be a national embarrassment.
Aside the angry protests against child-marriage, the preponderance of informed opinions, commentaries and newspaper editorials that trailed the infamous Senate decision clearly showed that under-age marriage is an ANATHEMA that should not be tolerated in a sane and godly environment.
Lucifer’s Relentless War against God’s Creation
Ever since Satan was cast into the earth after his humiliating defeat in the war in Heaven, he has taken on the role of an OPPOSITION entity against God and godly creations – especially marriage and family (the former being the foundation for the latter). Read more about this in the post http://www.securemarriagehelps.com/2013/the-war-in-heaven-and-its-bearing-on-marriage/
You see, Satan delights in opposing anything and everything that God represents by undoing, or misrepresenting, or rubbishing the divine order of things. He does this through a combination of subtle MIND-BLINDING and outright DECEPTION (Genesis 3:1,4). And this is in tandem with his 3-fold ministry of STEALING, KILLING and DESTROYING (John 10:10 KJV).
Friend, let’s now look at a few examples of Lucifer’s opposition ‘politics’ against God:
- Whereas God desires mankind to be fruitful, multiply and replenish the earth (Genesis 1:28), Satan goes to and fro in the earth like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (kill) (1Peter 5:8, Ezekiel 28:19). He is also principally responsible for numerous couples’ delay or inability to procreate as commanded by God.
- Whereas God desires life and abundant living for mankind (Job 10:12, John 10:10), Satan gleefully dispenses sorrow and death (Proverbs 10:22, John 10:10a, Job 1:14-19/2:7).
- Whereas God desires us to be in health (Exodus 15:26 /23:25, Psalm 107:20, Isaiah 53:4,5, Jeremiah 30:17, 3John 2), Lucifer remains the unrepentant ‘manufacturer’ and dispenser of sicknesses (Matthew 8:16/12:10, 13, 22, Mark 9:17, 18, 23-27).
- Whereas God created marriage to be between a MALE and a FEMALE (Genesis 1:27/2:24, Matthew 19:4, 5), and EXPRESSLY FORBIDS sexual perversion and POLYGAMY (Hebrews 13:4, Exodus 20:14, 17, Leviticus 20:10, 13; Genesis 7:13, Deuteronomy 17:17), Satan would rather instigate SAME-SEX co-habitation (HOMOSEXUALITY and LESBIANISM), and multiplicity of wives in the guise of ‘GAY-rights and tradition respectively.
- Whereas God intends marriage to be LIFE-LONG (Mark 10:2-12, 1Corinthians 7:39), Lucifer instigates separation and DIVORCE, breeding in the process, a growing army of single mothers / ‘baby-mamas’.
- Whereas God desires every eligible adult to be married, decrying LONELINESS (Genesis 2:18) and setting the solitary in families (Genesis 2:21-24, Psalm 68:6 KJV), Lucifer holds down the marital destinies of many, consigning eligible bachelors and spinsters to unwitting singlehood.
- Whereas the first husband and the first wife created by God were ADULTS – Adam and Eve – with no single instance of under-age marriage in the whole of the Bible, Lucifer instigates child-marriage for BABY GIRLS of ages as low as 6 years, 9 years and 13 years!
I can go on and on, but the above instances should suffice for our purpose in this discourse.
God’s Plan for the Child
God is unquestionably the sole-Giver of children (Genesis 30:2/33:5, Psalm 127:3, Jeremiah 1:5), and He being the God of purpose, has a plan and purpose for every child He doles out (Jeremiah 1:5/29:11, Romans 9:10-13, Galatians 1:15). As a matter of fact, God is not just the Giver, but He’s also the Owner of children, leaving parents as mere CARETAKERS. That’s why the second Biblical epigraph affirms emphatically that “…Children are an heritage of the Lord…” (Psalm 127:3 KJV) NOT of the parents.
Contrary to what paedophiles and their apologists will want to foist on the sane and civilized world, the true God abhors paedophilism because of His glorious plan for the child. That’s why He issued and EXPRESS COMMAND as seen in the first Biblical epigraph at the beginning of this post: “Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6 KJV).
Now let’s critically examine this commandment. There are four elements therein as follows:
1) ‘Train up a child’ – Here, the all-wise God assigns the responsibility to train a child to Parents, not to some predatory, paedophilic and tiger-turso husband. This also presupposes, expectedly, that the child cannot train herself/himself.
2) ‘in the way he (or she) should go’ – This suggests, emphatically, that there’s a particular way for every child to go through to fulfill destiny. And this way has to be in line with God’s pre-ordained plan and purpose for every child (Jeremiah 1:5). It is the duty of every responsible Parent to discover, through prayer, meditation and observation, what the way for each child is (within an umbrella godly Way), and guide their children accordingly.
3) ‘and when he (or she) is old’ – Consequent upon the training (in the nurture and admonition of the Lord – not of the parents), God envisages a child to GROW to OLD AGE – within the ranges 70-80 years (Psalm 90:10), 100 years (Isaiah 65:20) and 120 years (Genesis 6:3, Deuteronomy 34:7) according to every child’s choice (Deuteronomy 30:19, Psalm 91:16 KJV).
4) ‘he will not depart from it’ – This is a DIVINE GUARANTEE of the nature of the godly character that will emerge from a child that is subjected to the desired training. Matter of fact, there’s no adult male that underwent this sort of training as a child, that will desire a GIRL-CHILD for wife.
Why God wants the Child Trained
- Because they are good and perfect gifts:- Training ensures the blossoming and sustenance of the seed of goodness and perfection deposited in them unto the perfect day (Ruth 4:13, Psalm 113:9, James 1:17, Proverbs 4:18).
- Because they are an inheritance of the Lord (Psalm 127:3), and the all-knowing God wants the children He gives to also grow in knowledge – a lack of which – leads to destruction (Hosea 4:6). Training up the child as commanded also ensures growth in wisdom and understanding (Luke 1:80/2:40).
- Because children are for signs and wonders (Isaiah 8:18 KJV). Desired training sparks to life, the seed of greatness God deposits in every child.
- Because they are a blessing (Proverbs 10:1/17:6, Matthew 18:10/19:13, 14). When trained as commanded, children are a great blessing, not only to themselves, but also to their parents, families, Kingdom of God and their societies.
Apart from the fact that children are the future of mankind, the above reasons, among others, serve to advance the course of God for and enjoyable, peaceful and sustainable humanity (Genesis 1:27, 28).
Why Satan will rather Marry-off the Girl-Child
I. To abort God’s commanded parental training intended to prepare her for destiny fulfillment.
II. To keep the girl-child, her parents and suitor-husband SPIRITUALLY DEAD. This is because Lucifer knows that the person that sins shall die (spiritually) and be disconnected from God. And what is sin? Disobeying God’s commands. In cases of under-age marriage, the girl-child is more often than not, a second, or third, or even fourth wife, thus serving as a willing or unwilling accomplice to disobeying God’s law against polygamy (Deuteronomy 17:17, Genesis 7:13). And of course, anyone disconnected from God is CHEAP MEAT for Satan to mesmerize.
III. To promote polygamy and sexual perversion contrary to God’s laws (Deuteronomy 17:17, Genesis 7:13, Hebrews 13:4, Exodus 20:14, 17, Leviticus 20:10, 13).
IV. To expose the girl-child to the danger of premature death through maternal mortality and affliction of such diseases as VVF (Vesico Vagina Fistula) and the like.
All of the above satanic reasons, among others, are tailored to only one purpose – to desecrate the marriage/family institutions, and decimate mankind, ultimately.
Now, think of this! Right now as I teach, more marriages (of adult males and females) are breaking. More ADULT WIVES are being abused and battered, in some instances to fatalities. And this is a global phenomenon. (Read more in the post – http://www.securemarriagehelps.com/2013/major-causes-of-divorce-how-to-prevent-them-3/). Many adults in marriages lack a good understanding of what the marriage institution is all about. So, why will any sane parent want to force their UNDER-AGE GIRLS into marriage? Under any guise?
Dear reader, there’s no doubting the fact that only parents having the mind of the TRUE GOD can resist the temptation to and deception of Lucifer to push their under-age girls into marriage. And the third epigraph of this post clearly warns all such parents – “And, ye fathers, PROVOKE NOT your children to wrath; but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4 KJV)(Caps mine). Another translation puts this commandment of God this way: “Fathers, do not irritate and provoke your children to anger [do not exasperate them to resentment], but rear them [tenderly] in the training and discipline and the counsel and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4 AMP).
Need I say anymore? Will any sane person still continue the advocacy for child-marriage? Is anyone still in doubt of Lucifer’s renewed war against the family? The following examples should make you rush back to read this post all over again.
Proofs of Lucifer’s Renewed War against the Family
- America-based Nigerian Rapes Own Daughters
Nigeria’s Punch newspaper, quoting World News report, recently carried the story of an award-winning Nigerian music director – 55 years old Aswad Ayinde – based in Peterson, New Jersey, USA. He was jailed 90 years for REPEATEDLY RAPING and IMPREGNATING his own SIX DAUGHTERS, resulting in SIX children for him! Aswad reportedly began having intercourse with his second daughter from age 8 years, impregnating her four times. His sexual were said to have spanned 30 years, leading inexorably to a break-up of his marriage.
- Saudi Arabia Preacher Rapes, Murders 5-year old Own Daughter!
A Saudi Preacher – Fayhan al-Ghamdi – was recently sentenced to eight years in prison and 800 lashes for RAPING his own 5-year old DAUGHTER before torturing her to death. The dead girl-child’s mother had been separated from Fayhan, whose second wife was also sentenced to 10 months in prison plus 150 lashes as an accomplice to the crime. (Source: Nigeria’s Punch newspaper).
- Girl-Child Murders Husband for ‘Excessive’ Sex
17-year old Maryam Yahaya was forced into marrying her 26-year old husband in Northern Nigeria. In just one year of this forced marriage, Maryam was subjected to excessive bouts of sexual intercourse by her husband, as a result of which she KILLED the husband to save her life. According to her, her husband turned her to a SEX MACHINE by making love to her at least SIX TIMES a day! Hear Maryam: “On each occasion, he would go as far as six rounds after taking DRUG enhancements. The thought of running away was out of the question because my PARENTS would send me back to him. There was no other way out for me until the DEVIL got into me”. As at the time of the incident, Maryam was two months pregnant. (Source: Nigeria’s Punch newspaper).
Dear friend, you must by now have seen through Lucifer’s game plan to keep decimating mankind. Only the unwary will continue to fall for his subtle deception. Thank God that by reading this post, you’re not listed among Satan’s preys.
To round up our discourse on this topic – Child-Marriage: Lucifer’s Renewed War against the Family – let’s now briefly touch on how to train up a child with a view to shielding him/her from the highlighted dangers of paedophilism.
How to Train Up a Child
Every child, like every human, is a 3-in-1 being – he is a spirit, he has a soul, and he lives in a body (1Thessalonians 5:23). It is to be expected therefore, that a proper and comprehensive training for the child should cover all three realms of spirit, soul and body. And such training of course, will come under two broad categories – formal and informal education.
The bulk of a child’s training will come under informal education at home and in worship centers chosen by the parents for spiritual nurturing. This informal training spans childhood to adulthood, which is benchmarked by the United Nations (UN) at age 18 years as baseline.
Formal education for the child, on the other hand, takes place within the four walls of a school setting. The following schooling trajectory is ideal for every child:
- 3 – 4 years: ——- Kindergarten class
- 4 – 6 years: ——- Nursery
- 6 – 10 years: —– Primary
- 10 – 16 years: — Junior and Senior Secondary
- 16 – 20 years: — Tertiary
- 20 – 22 years: — Post Graduate (Optional)
If however, a child is unable to proceed as far as the tertiary level, for lack of academic ability or lack of financial means of the parents, s/he can be made to learn a trade or vocation after secondary education. This will span the age bracket 16 – 20 years or thereabout.
The totality of the training commanded by God for the child is to, among other things, enhance her self-worth as to be capable of being a “HELP MEET” – a capable and adequate supporter – of her future husband (Genesis 2:18 KJV).
When parents demonstrate exemplary and godly life styles, children learn faster and better from such life styles. And when the formal education roadmap above is made known early to the child and followed, no parent will be tempted to push a child into under-age marriage. And of course, no girl-child will agree to any such destiny-rupturing premature marriage.
Dear friend, when a war rages, the easiest and cheapest victims are those unaware of such a war, as they get mowed down by ceaselessly flying missiles. And when the enemy waging the war is one that’s merciless and respects NO CEASEFIRE, it is wisdom to embrace the right knowledge as espoused in this discourse, to put him at bay and protect the girl-child, in particular, and the family in general.
Child-Marriage is Satan’s war against the family. The true God forbids it. Every sane parent should equally detest it, and never subject their precious girls to its horrors and evils. That’s one sure way to keep mankind’s greatest enemy – Lucifer – far away from godly marriages and families.
Do please feel free to share this post with at least five families. You’ll be helping to save our children from rampaging paedophiles by so doing.