“FOOTSTEPS OF IMMORALITY” / THE SABBATH MESSAGE FOR APRIL 6, 2013

How Do We Fix The Problem of Absent Fathers

&

Single Parenting?

EPHESIANS 5_3

“…Because of these things cometh the wrath

of God upon the children of disobedience.”

~Ephesians 5:1-7~

Ninety percent of Americans believe children should live in the same home with their mother and father.

Almost 18 million children in grades 1 to 12 do not live with their biological father.  About 27% of White children do not live with their biological father, 35% of Hispanic children and 66% of Black children.

About 80% of African American can expect to spend “a significant” portion of their childhood living without their biological father.

In 2000, among White mothers, about 27% of all births were out-of-wedlock, among Hispanic mothers about 43% and among Black mothers about 70%.

In 1996, over 9 million children under 18 years old who were born out of wedlock did not have a father who was legally identified.

Girls whose mothers were teenagers at the time of their birth, are over 80% more likely to become teenage mothers as well.

The fathers of over 1 million children in the United States are in prison.

African American children are 9 times more likely than White children to have an incarcerated parent.

  • Fatherless children are twice as likely to drop out of school than their classmates who live with two parents.
  • Seventy-two percent of all teenage murderers grew up without fathers.
  • Fatherless children are eleven times more likely then are children from intact families to exhibit violent behavior.
  • Eighty percent of adolescents in psychiatric hospitals come from fatherless homes.
  • Seventy percent of the kids now incarcerated in juvenile corrections facilities grew up in a single-parent environment.
  • Three out of four teen suicides occur in single-parent families.
  • Compared to girls raised in homes where both parents are present, the daughters of single parents are 164percent more likely to become pregnant before marriage compared to girls raised in homes where both parents are present, 53 percent are more likely to marry as teenagers
  • Compared to girls raised in homes where both parents are present, 92 percent are more likely to dissolve their own marriages.
  • The absence of a biological father increases by 900 percent a daughter’s vulnerability to rape and sexual abuse (often these assaults are committed by stepfathers or the boyfriends of custodial mothers).
  • Children whose fathers are absent consistently score lower than the norm in reading and math tests.
  • Children who live apart from their fathers experience more accidents and a higher rate of chronic asthma, headaches, and speech defects.
  • Problems associated with single parenting do not disappear when single mothers marry. One study suggested that children with stepfathers are three times more likely to be abused. Another indicated that 17% of female victims were sexually abused by their stepfather.

“Humanly manufactured solutions to spiritual depravity will never be successful. A rebellious people who have pleasure in unrighteousness (immorality) can never find their way to wholeness.” ~ Bishop O.W. Prince 

2nd Thessalonians 2 indicates that a people who knowingly practices wickedness, unrighteousness and sexual immorality have rejected God’s Love and His Truth.  As a result of their wanton rebellion, God has sent upon them a strong delusion – a false belief – that they may never discover True Salvation without first Repenting and Obeying His Eternal Moral Commandments.

God has not made it complicated nor hard to understand. The divine solution to fatherless households and the cultural practice of single parenting can be found in the Eternal Moral Commandments of God.  His Commandments Do not change because He who wrote them doesn’t change and they are perfect from the beginning – without any need for human modification or updating. (Deuteronomy 9:10, Deuteronomy 10:4, Deuteronomy 32:4, Malachi 3:6)  And the commandments that best address these issues may be summarized thus:

  • No Marriage – No Sex
  • No Sex – No Babies Without Fathers
  • No Babies Without fathers – No Single Parent Homes

God’s Way is Always the Right Way!

“He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just.  A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.”  (Deuteronomy 32:4)

[The statistics and opinions contained in this work excludes parental absenteeism due to military service, illness, death, infidelity or divorce]

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