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2 KINGS XVII. 17,

“AND they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger.”

This is written regarding the conduct of Israel. Israel left, not part, but all the commandments of God, and made to themselves other gods: molten images, even two calves, and made a grove and served Baal. In addition to this, they involved their children in their own net, causing them to pass through the fire to these gods. All this was exactly in opposition to what God had commanded them by the hand of Moses. “There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or a witch.” – Deut. xviii. 10. “And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the Lord.” – Lev. xviii. 21. The history of Israel, as we have said before in these columns, proved conclusively that it is not in man’s power to walk in conformity with the precepts of God. It is his nature to disobey God. This the law of Moses amply demonstrated. Molech was a heathen god, who was worshiped by human sacrifices. Figuratively, we might say that loss of life or sacrifice of principle is passing through the fire to Molech. Whenever the believer sacrifices some principle of truth to satisfy his own nature, or to please his fellow-man, he is serving Molech. Whenever the believer loses his life in running after the things of the world, this, too, is passing through the lire to Molech. What will it profit a man (a believer) to gain the world and lose his own soul, or himself? One cannot lose one’s soul eternally, but there is such a thing as the things of the world occupying first place in our thoughts and performances and becoming thus engrossed to the submergence of all spirituality; When this is the case, one experimentally loses his life in pursuit of that which satisfies not, and spends his money for that which is not bread. Our children are our offspring, our thoughts are the offspring of our brain, our deeds the offspring of our will. Now, when our natural will predominates, our thoughts and deeds spend themselves in pleasing our natural man, the spiritual man becomes submerged for the time being, and our children (thoughts and deeds) pass through the fire to Molech. This is to be condemned in the life of every child of God, and will receive its judgment at the seat of the Anointed, before whose authority we at all times stand, and to whom we must give account in the body for the deeds done in the body. It always causes us to wonder how any one who has been brought to believe that salvation is by grace, and grace alone, can hear to see their children become slowly, entangled in the delusions of men. The whole world to-day is wrapped “up in serving itself and the god of its own creating, of its own imagination, its Molech. We never see little children of all ages trooping to Sunday-school of a Sunday morning or afternoon but what we are reminded of the people of olden time causing their children to pass through the fire to Molech. The world of the present day is bringing up its young in the Sunday-school, where it is inculcating error into the childish mind which never can be erased by any power short of the grace of God. Now, it is bad enough to see this Molech worship being engaged in by the people of the world, but how much worse to . see Old Baptists sending their children to Sunday-school, and thus also causing their children to pass through the fire to Molech. How dare we sacrifice our children to a false god in whom we have been made to see there is no virtue at all, but only evil altogether? The Sunday-school as at present conducted is nothing in the world but a nursery for the various Arminian denominations, in which are hatched out the error-spreading hordes of the generations to come. In these Sunday-schools false interpretations are put upon the Scriptures. Even the letter of the Bible is not correctly taught, but is given many twists and wrenches here and there to make it conform to what men think it ought to be, instead of what God says it is. Now, we know very well that we cannot teach our children the truth, but we can at least abstain from teaching them error. If our child is destined to be an Arminian, let it be an Arminian without any of our help. We know, too, that if our children are to be called by grace to a knowledge of the truth, all the Sunday-schools in the world cannot prevent it, and that the Lord is able to bring them out of a Sunday-school if they are in one. But all this does not relieve the parent of his duty to do that which he knows to be right to the best of his ability. We have noticed that where Old Baptists raised their children to not go to Sunday-school, and to go to meeting with their parents, that it does not make Old Baptists of them, but it does inculcate in the child a respect for their parents’ belief, even if the child at heart knows nothing of the truth experimentally. On the other hand, we have noticed that where Old Baptists let their children go to Sunday-school, and to other Arminian religious doings, rarely or never taking their children to meeting with them, that they have very little respect for their parents’ belief, and openly criticise it. There may be exceptions to this rule, but then there are not many rules but what have their exceptions. Let us not cause our children to pass through the fire to Molech, let us not sacrifice them to principles we know to be false, let us not lose our lives in the pursuit of vanity.

We have written this at the request of sister E. E. Workman, of Harding, W. Va.   L.

Elder H. H. Lefferts

Signs of the Times
Volume 84, No. 8
April 15, 1916