True to the Faith
I worry that we live in such an atmosphere of avoiding offense that we sometimes altogether avoid teaching correct principles. If we don’t teach our children and youth true doctrine—and teach it clearly—the world will teach them Satan’s lies. ~Bonnie L. Oscarson
Many who heard Jesus teach in Capernaum complained, “this is an hard saying. “ Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples murmured at His doctrine, said unto them:
DOES THIS OFFEND YOU?
From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve,
“Will ye also go away?”
“Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life. Thou art that Christ, the Son of the Living God.”
Walk No More with the Truth?
Today is no different. For some, Christ’s invitation to believe and remain faithful continues to be hard. Granted, there are many adverse forces seeking to pull us away. It is not popular to be Christian these days. Members of the left-wing media are ever making a Christian man or woman “an offender for a word,”  heaping upon believers increasingly vile abuse, seeking destruction of all that is true and good. Worldly professors twist truth, calling evil good and good evil; putting darkness for light, and light for darkness. 
I feel compassion for the rising generation, growing up in such times of confusion, with so many demands on their loyalty.
To Whom Shall I Go?
About a half century ago, when I was a teenager growing up, I was the youngest, and my older siblings had all left home. We had not yet found the gospel in our lives. But I remember searching for something larger than myself, something strong and solid to hang onto, a cause for my loyalty.
My father was a brilliant scientist in a crisis of faith. I heard my parents having frequent “discussions, ” always about his agnosticism and my mother’s unwavering faith. I felt shaken. Worried that their marriage was in trouble, I asked my mother about it. She assured me that things would work out. They did. Soon thereafter, my parents found the Church of Jesus Christ and became devoted Christians, as did I.
They have passed on, but of late I have wondered how my life might have been different if my mother had not held to her faith. What if she had taken the path of least resistance? Would I have found the gospel if my parents had not taught me so well? To whom would I have gone? Of course, we know of some young people who turn to God, regardless of their circumstances. I’ll never know the answer to that in my own case, but I believe it would have taken me much longer to find the truth if they had not guided me properly. If I had found God later in life, would I have married differently, and would my children be in the fold? And what about their children?
Parents, Your Example Is Pivotal
Because of my parents’ faithfulness, I continue to follow the Savior, as do my children, who are also teaching their children. Do you see the pattern here? Choices have consequences. Truth matters. And it matters that we pass that on to our descendants.
Throughout history, language, attitudes, and styles change. Voices rise and fall, actors on the stage of life come and go. There is a constant we can always rely on: God is the same—yesterday, today, and forever. Because of His unending love for us, He provided a way for us to come back to Him, through His loyal Son.
True to the Faith
Let us all press on in the work of the Lord,
That when life is o’er we may gain a reward;
In the fight for right let us wield a sword,
The mighty sword of truth.
Fear not, though the enemy deride,
Courage, for the Lord is on our side.
We will heed not what the wicked may say,
But the Lord alone we will obey. ~ Evan Stephens
American Culture—outward appearance and immoral social trends are not who we are. Despite what the world and misguided secularists would have you believe, America is founded on Judeo-Christian values, and none other.
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 Matthew 16:16
 Isaiah 29:21 That make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him … and turn aside the just for a thing of nought.
 Isaiah 5:20