In 1996, Pastor John MacArthur preached a number of sermons called The Fulfilled Family. I quoted one in a post a few days ago. The first sermon in the series is called “A Plan For Your Family.” Feminism’s goal was to destroy the family, and they have been successful at doing this. When the family is destroyed, the nation is destroyed. We can’t expect to wander far from God’s design for us and have anything good come from it. Here’s a quote from the sermon:
“Dr. Armand Nicolai II, of Harvard Medical School, sees the trend to destroy the family as a devastating trend. He points to married women with children working outside the home. The tendency for families to move frequently, almost constantly. The dominance of television in the home. The lack of controls in society. The chaos of moral confusion, the lack of communication among families and divorce and all of those things, he says are threatening the very life which we live. Let me quote from him.
“He says, ‘These trends will incapacitate the family, destroy its integrity and cause its members to suffer such crippling emotional conflicts that they will become an intolerable burden to society. What about the future? First the quality of family life will continue to deteriorate, producing a society with a higher incidence of mental illness than ever before. Ninety five percent of our hospital beds may be taken up by mentally ill patients. This illness will be characterized by a lack of self-control. We can expect the assassination of people in authority to be frequent occurrences. Crimes of violence will increase, even those within the family. The suicide rate will rise, as sexuality becomes more and more unlimited and separated from family and emotional commitment, the deadening effect will cause more bizarre experimentation and wide spread perversion.’
“A frankly frightening picture and we are watching it being painted right before our very eyes. There is no question about the fact that the family is under a major assault that people want to redefine family in absolutely any terms they want. There is no question that we are watching a generation of young people rising up who have no socialization skills and no moral sense at all. There is chaos. There is murder. There is crime at a rampant level. There is even pleasure in shooting people incidental to you, just for the sheer thrill of killing.
“Sociologists, psychologists, analysts, and so called marriage and family experts, psychiatrists and all the rest are scrambling all over the place to try to come up with some kind of solution, and they have been doing that now for a couple of decades with absolutely no impact on the slide. Nothing that they are doing seems to slow down the process of the disintegration of human relationships at the very core of life which is the family. You can tamper with society in a lot of places, but if you destroy the family, you destroy society.”
God’s design for marriage is perfect. He created marriage and said it was good. It was not good for man to live alone, so He created a help meet for him. They are to become one flesh and raise godly offspring. The wife is to submit to the leadership of her husband and be a keeper at home. The husband is to protect and provide for his family. Sadly, many of those who claim to love Jesus Christ are not obeying His commands concerning family life. Older women need to teach young women biblical womanhood. We must go back to the old paths that God has laid out for us. In this way, we are lights in a crumbling, chaotic world.
Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.