“Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.”[Matthew 18:4-6]
Although the Bible is clear that there is nothing new under the sun, I believe we are beginning to see the veil lifted on one of the most horrific and demonic systems of abuse and perversion in the modern era. I am talking about the ubiquitous and repulsive reality of human trafficking, the sexual slave trade, child abuse and pedophilia.
Just consider the headlines from the past few years. [Note — simply google any of these headlines and you can find multiple news reports.]
Boy Scouts Sex Abuse Scandal Exposed — abuse of over 12,000 children kept hidden in infamous “perversion files”
More than 4,000 US Roman Catholic priests have faced sexual abuse allegations in the last 50 years, in cases involving more than 10,000 children – mostly boys
Human trafficking is modern-day slavery. With 21 million victims worldwide, there are more slaves today than at any time in history
More than 2,300 pedophiles are arrested across the country after three month online hunt for sex offenders in Operation Broken Heart
Patriots owner Robert Kraft solicitation charge puts spotlight on sex trafficking
Tim Ballard: I’ve fought sex trafficking at the border. This is why we need a wall
I could go on and on providing headlines covering this worldwide epidemic. On the one hand it is shocking and difficult to process when such brutal, satanic abuse is brought into the light. But at the same time, I am grateful that more and more of this disgusting behavior is being exposed like never before. And what’s more … I believe we are only seeing the tip of the iceberg.
When it comes to social justice and the response of the church to stand at the forefront of the battle, I believe God is calling His people to rise up and act on behalf of the most vulnerable in our society. We certainly believe this applies to the abortion epidemic, as unborn children are THE MOST VULNERABLE citizens in our society. God’s people must continue to stand against abortion and offer alternatives to expecting mothers that encourage them to choose life.
But human trafficking, the sex trade, and child abuse, are at a close second, and the church must wake up and rise up to help those whose lives are being ravished against their will. Most of the time the victims of human trafficking and the sexual slave trade are young girls and boys and young women. They are most often taken against their will, or they are destitute and needy and allured by predators with promises for a better life. By the time they realize what has happened, it is usually too late.
“He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing.”[Deuteronomy 10:18]
The Plague of Pornography
The reality is that it should come as no surprise that such sexual perversion and abuse is so pervasive in our culture. We live in a sex-saturated, sexually exploitative culture. The plague of pornography alone has done enough to both desensitize and normalize the profane, satanic spirit of sexual immorality.
Furthermore, pornography is an epidemic of epic proportions that has reached its defiling tentacles into nearly every home, smart phone, and facet of society, including the church. One of the biggest reasons that the church remains so silent and ineffective in combating sexual abuse and the sex trafficking industry is because the overwhelming majority of men (and many women) in the church are personally in bondage to pornography. One research group determined that 68% of church-going men and over 50% of pastors view porn on a regular basis, and of young Christian adults 18-24 years old, 76% actively search for porn.
Here is a great accountability tool for those who may be struggling.https://accountable2you.com
What many followers of Jesus may not know is that every time they participate in buying or even viewing pornographic material, they are doing two devastating things.
- Participating with demons (Ephesians 5:3-14)
- Supporting the Sexual Slave Industry
“That’s right. Porn and sex trafficking are inseparably linked, and much of society denies or has no idea of this fact.”https://fightthenewdrug.org/by-the-numbers-porn-sex-trafficking-connected/
Consider these statistics from fightthenewdrug.org.
— By some estimates, 4.5 million people are trapped or forced into sexual exploitation globally. (International Labor Organization)
— While nearly 25% of global trafficking victims are trafficked for sex, sexual exploitation earns 66% of the global profits from human trafficking at large.
– Sex trafficking is big business—it generates $99 billion annually, just from commercial sexual exploitation alone. (International Labor Organization)
– In one survey, 63% of underage sex trafficking victims said they had been advertised or sold online. (Thorn)
– According to anti-trafficking nonprofit, Rescue:Freedom, in 9 countries, 49% of sexually exploited women said that pornography was made of them while they were being sold for sex.
Many times children are taken against their will at a very young age and groomed to be sex slaves in the pornography industry. There is no such thing as justified pornography. It’s all from the pit of hell and the hand of Satan, and the industry as a whole helps to encourage, fund, and promote pedophilia, homosexuality, child abuse, and human sex trafficking.
If the church is ever going to take a stand against this culture of perversion and sexual immorality … then we must cleanse our hearts of our own evil deeds and separate ourselves from the unfruitful deeds of darkness. For even our own secret deeds will be exposed one day before the Judge of all the earth.
I will leave you with these strong words from the Apostle Paul. May God’s church truly begin to walk as children of light! Have mercy on us LORD.
“But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. 4Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.5For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7Therefore do not become partners with them; 8for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9(for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. 11Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. 13But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, 14for anything that becomes visible is light.
Therefore it says,[Ephesians 5:3-14]
“Awake, O sleeper,
and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”