When I read
Exodus 15:2 quoted below, and I put it together with Memorial Day, I started pondering Salvation and our Soldiers. (I am using the word Soldier to be inclusive of all men and women serving in ALL Armed conflicts.) I know each Branch of the Services have Chaplains, but most probably not of the mindset of, “Once Saved Always Saved.”
My concern is that those who are doing battle may not have the assurance of their Salvation. They may be listening to a false prophet who tells them they can lose their Salvation, daily, hourly.
Consequently, it is so important for us to get our children in church at an early age, and teach them the rudiments of Salvation. Our children must know before they get into the trenches that regardless of what the day brings, Heaven will be their home.
Whether or not our children go to war, they will be in “trenches” and “warring” with the devil all their lives. The devil will interfere with their married life. He will interfere with their children. He will interfere in all aspects of their lives. The devil is that roaring lion Peter speaks about.
(1 Peter 5:8) Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Our children need to be taught how to do battle with the devil. We would consider it unconceivable for us to send boys out to do battle, with their lives at stake, without the proper training. Yet, when our children finish high school, we send them off to a secular college, without the training and expect them to survive.
As fundamental, independent Baptists, we are to lead our children, and guide them in all aspects of life training. Nevertheless, the fundamental problem is that we no longer lead our children they lead us. Our government, “The Village” is taking over the raising of our children.
We must get back to the fundamentals of teaching our children scripture, and teaching them the value of Salvation. We must teach them the Eternity of God’s great and amazing gift of Eternal, Everlasting, and Forevermore Life so they know without a doubt where to turn when the devil shows up at their door. They need to know to read their Bible, and know how to pray. Have you taught them?
Bro. John R. E Chastain