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A N I M P O R TA N T W O R D T O PA R E N T S
General Introduction to the God’s Design for Sex Series
PA R E N T S, GO D G AV E YO U your
sexuality as a precious gift. And you’re
reading this book because God has given you a child you love as a gift flowing from your sexuality.
God gave your child the gift of sexuality as well. If handled responsibly,
this gift will be a source of blessing and delight. How can parents help make
this happen?
Many forces will push children to make bad choices about sex based on
false beliefs and values and on misplaced spiritual priorities. These forces
are more powerful, confusing, persuasive, and ever present today than ever
in history, thanks to the power of social media and the confusion of our
culture. From their earliest years, children are bombarded with destructive,
misleading ­messages—­messages about the nature of sexual intimacy, about
marriage, about family, about the boundaries of godly sexual expression,
and even about the basic creational design of humanity as male and female.
These messages come from e­ verywhere—­through music, television, the
Internet, discussions with their friends, school s­ ex-­education programs, and
many other sources. The result? Confusion, doubt, and shame, as well as
distressing rates of sexual experimentation, teen pregnancy, abortion, sexually transmitted disease, divorce, and devastated lives.
We believe that God means for Christian parents to be their children’s
primary sex educators. First messages are the most ­powerful—­why wait
until your child hears distorted views and then try to correct the mis­
understanding? Sexuality is a beautiful ­gift—­why not present it to your
child the way God intended? God’s Word is trustworthy and ­true—­why
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