Children sleep in an orphanage in Nepal. Courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons (bit.ly/102eiwp)

Children sleep in an orphanage in Nepal. Courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons: (bit.ly/102eiwp)

No one will ever accuse Mother Jones of being friendly to Christians, but you know their disdain for the faithful has reached fever pitch when they begin attacking Christians for the good things they’re doing.

According to the liberal publication, Christians are apparently too concerned with adoption. The article, “Orphan Fever: The Evangelical Movement’s Adoption Obsession,” argues that as a result of Christians’ efforts to adopt orphaned children, kids who may have been illegally obtained are being placed in oppressive, fundamentalist homes in order for parents to evangelize them. The problem is that the writer—Kathryn Joyce, author of The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption, which not-so-coincidentally releases next week—relies on weak sources to paint a partial and distorted picture.

The article tells of Sam and Serene Allison, a Tennessee couple who adopted four children from an orphanage outside of Monrovia, Liberia. Their adopted kids were reportedly physically abused and denied a proper education. In fact, according to Joyce, “all but 3 of the Campbell’s and [Serena’s parent’s] 10 adoptions ran into serious problems.”

Allegations of child abuse should not be ignored or minimized by anyone for any reason. The proper authorities need to investigate these allegations, and they should not only punish anyone at fault, but also take appropriate measures to prevent this sort of occurrence in the future.

At the same time, one has to make a logical leap of stratospheric proportions to assume that the behaviors of this family are somehow representative of the thousands of Christians who adopt each year. Joyce presumably knows this, so to build her case, she leans on a slew of fringe ministries, publications, and personalities.

Much of the article draws from material published in a “magazine” called Above Rubies. It struck me as odd that even though I’ve covered the American Christian movement in over 500 articles for dozens of publications during the last decade, I’d never heard of the publication that Joyce seems to believe is so influential. Upon further research, Above Rubies basically amounts to a ministry newsletter and blog that exerts negligible influence over the Christian community. At the time of publication, the twitter account for the entire Above Rubies ministry was at an unimpressive 664 followers.

Joyce goes on to cite a ministry called Acres of Hope, which I’ve also never heard of. She cites a handful of homespun blogs with severely limited reach—all of which I’ve never heard. And she references a self-published book, To Train Up a Child, by Michael and Debi Pearl, two pastors I’ve never heard of.

While she weaves in less-than-interesting information about more mainstream adoption advocates like pastor Rick Warren, she never makes a connection between the behaviors and beliefs of more mainstream Christians and the fringe few. I can only conclude that Joyce is either so unfamiliar with American Christianity that she doesn’t know who the movement’s influencers actually are or she’s padding her piece to inflate the thesis.

To argue this thesis, Joyce implies that the Christian adoption movement is a cryptic attempt to evangelize unwitting children. But according to Russell Moore, President-elect of The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and author of Adopted for Life, the idea that Christians’ desire to adopt children is a ruse for evangelism is little more than a tired cliché.

“Yes, [Christians] believe in rearing our children with instruction in what we believe is the most important part of life: the gospel,” says Moore. “That is hardly unusual. Buddhist parents rear their children with Buddhist values, such as mindfulness and meditation. Secular progressive parents rear their children with progressive values, such as equal rights and fair treatment of all. Why would it surprise anyone that evangelical or Roman Catholic or Pentecostal Christian parents rear their children as Christians?”

Joyce zeroes in on Bethany Christian Services, the nation’s largest adoption agency and an organization on whose national board of directors I serve. Unfortunately, when it comes to Bethany, Joyce can’t seem to get her facts straight.

“The article says [Bethany] donates money to orphanages and that we handle the paperwork. Number one, we don’t handle the paperwork. And whenever we donate to an orphanage, we will not do adoptions with that orphanage to avoid a conflict of interest,” says Bill Blacquiere, President and CEO of Bethany. “Additionally, whenever a child is referred to us for adoption, we perform a separate investigation with an attorney to locate the birth mother, interview family members, and verify that there is nothing improper happening. If anything questionable is discovered, we decline to be involved with that child. Joyce is alleging that we may be adopting children who were attained unethically, and that is not true.”

But the problems of this muddled Mother Jones article stretch well beyond Joyce’s non-representative sources, selective examples, broken logic, and half-truths. When she quilts all her “evidence” together, she still only tells part of the story.

Does Joyce mention that before Bethany will perform an international adoption, they attempt to reconnect the children with their next of kin, facilitate a domestic adoption, or place them in a domestic foster care program?

No.

Does she mention that Bethany is accredited by the Hague Convention in order to prevent child trafficking?

No.

Does she mention that in Bethany’s more than 70-year history, they’ve provided more than 70,000 women with free, confidential, professional counseling?

No.

Does she point out that Bethany places more than 1,500 children in loving homes every year, or that only a tiny fraction of these placements experience the kinds of problems she implies is normative?

No.

Joyce conveniently avoids telling a single story of an abandoned child being placed into a loving home even though these stories are far more common than the rare tale she tells. Instead, she sneers at Christian’s “adoption obsession” and “orphan fever,” which are about the oddest insults I can imagine. It’s like accusing the volunteers of a local soup kitchen of a “poverty obsession” or “homeless fever.” Shouldn’t liberals who claim to be protectors of children and the poor be cheering on Christians for their efforts?

“Abortion-rights supporters, such as these critics, have long lambasted evangelical Christians and their allies as caring only about unborn children. We believe, they have suggested, that life begins at conception and ends at birth.” says Moore. “When it is pointed out that Christians have always been ministering to vulnerable women and children, they turn the argument to suggest that such ministry is itself evil. If evangelical Christians didn’t adopt or care for orphans, there’s little doubt that the criticism from the same quarters would be that we are hypocrites. And we would be.”

Is this the best evidence Mother Jones can present for why Christians are such terrible people? That an evangelical denomination called on it’s members to get involved in “taking in [orphans], donating to adoptive families, or supporting hundreds of adoption ministries”? That they are igniting a movement to address the global orphan crisis through constructing an adoption culture in their churches?

Oh, the horror.

In the end, Kathryn Joyce curses the darkness without lighting a candle. She attempts to pour cold water on the Christian adoption movement, but her ideas for actually solving the orphan crisis that now affects more than 100 million children are more than lacking; they’re non-existent. We should expect more from even an unashamedly partisan publication like Mother Jones. Not to mention a writer who recently published a 352-page book on the subject.

About the only thing Kathyrn Joyce gets right is that there is indeed an adoption movement sweeping through Christian churches and communities. Thousands of orphaned children have been given someone to call “mommy” and “daddy” as a result. Believers in America are finally waking up to their responsibility to demonstrate mercy to those in need—orphans, the poor, immigrants. These are trends that should be celebrated, not criticized.

176 Comments

    • Chris Tehonica

      Ms. Joyce book did not even touch the surface of the abuses that go in this country by the above mentioned agency.
      How much are you paid a year for being on this board. Should we pull up Guidestar as well?
      If you are really unaware of what goes on then you should look into your agency. A true christian would want to know the truth. The abuses are factual no matter what you or anyone else says on this site. It is a big money game and as far from what god wants as you can be.
      Matthew 7:22-23

      • Chris, if you have a solid source and an accusation to make then state your case. But vague allusions don’t do anybody any good.

        • What about personal experience Paul. What about my child while in an evangelical foster home being forced to throw away any of his belongings that the “adoptive foster mother” deemed ungodly – while he was just a foster child.

          What about them sending him to a “christian based therapy center” where they convinced him that all of the issues he was having was because his mom did not “raise him in the church with a sense of a higher power” What about the court system in this area laughably attempting to deem me unfit because I am not traditionally religious and my child “needed religion in his life to feel stable”

          These gross abuse and negligence issues DO occur. Anyone claiming to be christian would not trust the word of the organizations involved alone – they would commit the time and effort into finding out those things that aren’t publicized … the things no one wants to study … poor unwanted (and at times badly wanted but desirable) children.

        • They may have many case workers and offices that try and do the right thing, but some pressure women into giving up their children or do what they can to take away fathers rights without their knowledge. Pup pound has many antic-dotes, and even ex case workers explaining the pressure put on them to reach quotas. My sources are solid.

          • I am not afraid to look at the truths, the negative that does happen. Can we talk about the positive without the negative? Sure, that’s what most want to hear. Can we talk about the negative with out bringing up the positive? No Way.

            Chris,
            Your sources are solid. I’ve seen them and have researched it all for years. Most are very easy to find with a google search.

            Jonathan, Jonathan, my advice would be to step out of that positive adoption bubble you are being kept in, or choosing to stay in, that totally positive bubble where all the money is made. Step out every now and then, look around, listen to those that have lived it.

            I personally know many, many adoptees and families that have lost children to adoption. There is a long line of families telling of the coercion and pressure they felt to place their child for adoption with Bethany.
            There is a long line of adult adoptees that have been denied any information, counsel or the time of day by Bethany.
            There is a line of adopted parents who will tell you important information was omitted about the children and their families. Information needed to make a good decision if this child was a good match for their family or not.

            I’m not picking on Bethany, it was brought up for me. There are many agencies that follow in similar practices, and many christian based agencies that are simply horrid to children in their warped way of thinking they are dong good while doing business and making a profit, or a very profitable non-profit.

            I am currently raising 4 children that have endured very traumatic disrupted adoptions. The adoptions went through a very christian based agency. The adopted parents, all good differing kinds of Christians, had no clue of what they were getting into. But they felt the “Call To Adopt” an international “orphan” strongly. Their churches pushed the ” Call to Adopt”, supported them wholeheartedly, until they ran into “behavior” problems with the kids at church and in the community. Then for some reason they weren’t so welcome anymore, maybe it wasn’t the best idea for these families after all. One of the former adopted parents told me they felt guilty, they felt as good christians they must adopt. Now they see the error they made, they feel duped. An error that has harmed these children greatly.

            How many kids like this will it take before it’s Not All Good?

    • Thank you SO much for defending parents who make a life decision to adopt.

      When we bought our little girl from an Ethiopian family, some misled people in our church protested, we even had to change churches! There is a real persecution going on, so thanks for addressing this misinformation spread by the liberals & socialists.

      Our new daughter is PERFECT, this is the best thing we’ve ever done, we’ve loved having her, she is turning out to be a wonderful warrior for Christ (and she’s got the most piercing blue eyes you’ve ever seen – matches our furniture *perfectly*)

      • Her eyes match your furniture perfectly? Tell me, anyone: can you imagine a birth parent bragging that their child’s eyes match their FURNITURE?! Kids are not pieces of a coordinated household!! They are human beings!!

      • Victoria Baker-Willford

        This post makes me ill. I can’t believe someone would say this. If this was an attempt at humor it wasn’t funny. If it is satire it still isn’t funny. I am an adoptee. I am not liberal. I am NOT an accessory. This is not a game for me. Adoptees’ are not fodder for jokes or to make a point. I am a person. I deserve respect. Please respect me and the millions of adoptees like me.

  1. It is hypocritical to argue against abortion but not to provide for the health and rearing of the unwanted who are born. “Orphan Justice Ministries” is another organization trying to help by encouraging Christian churches to get more involved in adoption and other ways of supporting these “orphans” and not enough Christians are responding to the vast need.

  2. In my experience, Michael and Debi Pearl and Above Rubies are very influential in some circles, particularly among some fundamentalist Christian homeschool groups, but I agree, they’re fringe and have come under a lot of criticism from more mainstream evangelical Christian groups.

    • You are right. Michael and Debby Pearl are extremely influential. The author hasn’t heard of them, but has he heard of the Duggars? They use his book.

      What people may not realize, is that Kathryn Joyce has stumbled onto a evangelical movement which is structured as a cult. The Quiverfull Movement, The Homeschool Cirriculum ATI (Advanced Training Institute) written by Bill Gothard, The Pearls in Tennessee, and most churches which consider themselves Independent Fundamental Baptist are very entrenched in this cult mindset. I know, I was raised in it all.

      So what Kathryn is saying is absolutely legitimate. The problem is, that she lumps all evangelicals together, and the mainstream evangelicals try to defend this fringe sect which doesn’t even want to be considered as evangelicals because they disdain their free-loving lifestyle and prefer a more Spartan, isolationist life.

      Children adopted by this fringe are (in my experience) undoubtedly in danger. Indeed, one adopted girl has already died of kidney failure due to her parents applying the “To Raise Up a Child” methods and spanking her until she died.

      Do some research and don’t make Kathryn’s mistake and defend a group as your own that you should have nothing to do with.

      • The Pearls and Above Rubies are very influential and have a close cult-like following among fundamentalists. They may not be large in number, but don’t for a minute doubt their power to influence and control families. Many families who follow them don’t use social media as part of being separate from the world and keeping their minds from pollution.

        I think what has happened in these circles, is that these fundamental parents have bought into the story, most with good intentions, to be fruitful and multiply(this is one of the most important commandments within these structures) and help needy children but haven’t had the necessary tools, space, time, energy and love to deal with complicated issues like PTSD, reactive attachment disorder, fetal alcohol and drug related issues and general uprooting of all said children have known as sacred. When these issues arise, they are advised by the fundamentalists to swat, withhold food, and embarrass their children into submission, which doesn’t work.

        How do I know these things? My family adheres and practices closely these methods of child-rearing and propagation. Did I also mention that we’re an adoptive family, with parents that have good hearts but took on too much?

        I know many Evangelical families that have adopted and as tough as it is, they are working through the issues at hand with counseling, lots of grace and help from others. However, Kathryn Joyce’s article is showcasing some REAL abuses that occur in these more obscure circles, like, Above Rubies and the Pearls. I’ve seen and been a part of them firsthand and my siblings and I will probably spend years continuing to work through it.

        Mr. Merritt, you may see the above mentioned article as only an attack on all Evangelical adoptions. And yes, some of her accusations could be far-stretched and seated in dislike of Evangelicals. But please, don’t turn your eyes and ears and throw the baby out with the bathwater. I’m thankful someone has finally spoken out against these injustices that have held my family and many friend’s families captive for years. I wish that the true Evangelical church would have caught it first, but I’ll take what I can get.

        Blessings to you and may you continue to seek truth in this.

        • I don’t think he was suggesting the Perls lack influence in certain circles. I think he was pointing out that they do not represent the evangelical adoption movement. The Perls, and the other parenting issues within fundamental families, are PARENTING issues, not specifically international adoption issues. The practices are harmful to bio and adoptive children alike. But horror stories that have occurred in fringe families should not be held as an example of the problems of the evangelical adoption movement, and that is what happened in the article he’s responding to.

          • This article is titled “attack on the Christian adoption movement” when the original article on Mother Jones is explicitly titled “The Evangelical Movement’s Adoption Obsession”. You may notice that other bloggers who have shared the link went so far as to specify Quiverfull (ie http://www.patheos.com/blogs/lovejoyfeminism/2013/04/saving-children-from-africa-a-quiverfull-adoption-fad.html). The original article talks about specific publications, congregations and the specific children who were harmed as a result of unethical adoption practices and abuse.
            How many families have to be involved before we’re allowed to talk about it?

      • I’ve read the Pearl’ s book, To Train Up a Child. While they say to train with a rod, and explain what they use as a rod, the entire book is about NOT being angry in one’s correction of a child. So the child who died of kidney failure….her parents were NOT applying the methods written about by the Pearls. They were angry and beating, not smiling with joy at their child. Not pouring their life and grace into her. They allowed anger to rule them. Please be careful with whom you blame.

      • Andrea & Scarlett, not everyone associated with a quiverfull belief or even Above Rubies looks alike or is following a cult & you are guilty of doing what you are accusing Kathryn of doing. I am a T-shirt & shorts wearing mom with 8 kids & am a grandma who happens to be an Above Rubies retreat coordinator for the last 17 years. I have interacted with hundreds of families through this ministry & they really don’t look alike at all but maybe because I am in California that could be a factor. Maybe your experience with people in a different region has given you a different perspective. No one I know follows Colin & Nancy like they are special *gods* or anything cultic. Nancy does not tell people what to do, our conferences are mostly families fellow shipping & sharing in their joys & challenges of life. My husband & I were counselors at a huge Calvary Chapel & are pretty versed in what “cult” looks like so at least for both Above Rubies & No Greater Joy we are not seeing cult at all. I won’t speak on some of the other ministries mentioned because I have seen some more cult like qualities there looking from the outside but I really don’t think that is relevant to the discussion as bottom line is there are problems in international & cross cultural adoptions that need to be discussed & worked through.

        I was very interested in Kathryn’s article because I want to know the truth of the matter & wanted to hear what the children had to say on it. I also have friends who adopted internationally from a European country & had a lot of problems & I watched that & am still watching that firsthand as they work together to try to be a family.

        I don’t agree with a lot of what Jonathan has written here because he hasn’t heard of some of these ministries. It seems that somehow he thinks that he needs to direct the focus off the families in these ministries to support the hundreds of successful adoptions by evangelicals that aren’t part of those ministries. Above Rubies is indeed a magazine, not a “ministry newsletter” as he has called it & like Kathryn stated it goes out to 130,000 people in many different countries. Today’s “likes” count on Facebook is 47,843. No Greater Joy’s (Mike & Debi Pearl) Facebook likes today were over 20,000. These are not small unheard of ministries & it is important to present the evidence that many people adopted who weren’t prepared but just thought God would “work it all out” somehow without having the support needed to work through these tough issues adopters & adopted children will face when they become a family.

        I think we can all have these discussions & instead of attacking each other, even the non Christians writing articles, we can look at the information & the interviews & try to get to the truth of the matter & do something to help the parents & the kids involved & make a difference so we can be a blessing to those choosing this road & the children who don’t have a choice in the matter. What I took away from Kathryn’s article is that my friends are not perfect & brought home kids with great intentions & maybe ended up in a mess & needed more outside help to work out some serious problems & that should not be discounted by countering the article with the information presented here.

        I believe there is the potential of bad things happening in adoptions whether the parents are Christians or not. I also believe there is the potential for great things to happen as well. The whole point of the gospel is that Jesus died on the cross for our SINS. None of us are going to be perfect parents of our biological or adopted children. Let us continue to support parents of adopted children & make sure people don’t feel they need to hide problems to look *perfect* to the rest of the world, let’s make them feel safe seeking help to work through them.

  3. Most of the people mentioned here are unknown to me, but the Pearls do have some influence in conservative Christian circles (we knew a couple reading their book).

    According to Wikipedia, their book “How to Train a Child” has sold 670K copies since 1994 and it is quite horrible (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Pearl).

    Here’s a story from 2011 about deaths linked to that method: http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2011/10/03/did_the_disturbing_philosophy_of_how_to_train_up_a_child_lead_to.html

    And a homeschool mom of 11 quoting relevant sections of the book:
    http://heartofwisdom.com/blog/pearls-to-train-up-a-child-and-child-abuse/

    Otherwise though, you are on point. We know many families who are adopting children because that’s what the Bible says to do. It’s not because they view the children as evangelization projects, but they see the need and want to love those kids.

    • I wouldn’t count on book sales to tell you whether people are in agreement with the Pearls & the like. I bought the book & read it before I knew about all the controversy surrounding them. I’ve bought lots of parenting books, ranging the spectrum between traditional to grace-based attachment parenting, gleaned what I could from them, & rejected the rest. The main thing I’ve learned from all these books is that most parents are better off without reading them!

    • Jonathan Merritt

      Chris,

      Being a student of the book publishing industry, I’d challenge that Wikipedia figure. First of all, since the book is self-published it’s sales aren’t being recorded through Nielsen Book Scan. That means the figure is likely unverified and has been self-reported through the ministry. Even if the ministry has distributed 670k in the last 19 years–and I find that highly unlikely–they could be counting all kinds of things. For example, some ministries will raise money for mass mailings of their founder’s books to Christian mailing lists that they purchased. All I’m saying, is that I would be careful not to read into this number too much.

      Jm

      • Actually, the book sales probably are not far from accurate. I know dozens of people, firsthand, who have the book. Regardless, the Pearls do have widespread influence within some reasonably large Christian circles, for better or worse. I also personally know dozens of people who receive Above Rubies – which is an actual, full on magazine.

        I appreciate your article, but you do sound a little ignorant in a rebuttal of an article you claim is very ignorant. I’m just saying this in hopes that you might consider making a few edits so that the hundreds/thousands of people who are familiar with these organizations don’t just roll their eyes at your article.

        Thanks.

      • I would say the Pearls have a pretty big influence. Many more orthodox organizations have published warnings about them. I would say the number is low because probably at least one third of their readers read books that are passed along to them or shared second hand

    • No where in the Bible does it say to “adopt” children in the current legal method of adopting as it is today in the US.

  4. Also, here is their IRS Form 990 information. The Pearls NonProfit took in over a $1 million in 2011.

    http://www.guidestar.org/organizations/62-1855964/no-greater-joy-ministries.aspx

    • Jonathan Merritt

      Chris,

      Can you find a breakdown of this? A lump figure like this provides very little insight into how influential this organization may be. For example, if the 1 million dollars came from a single wealthy donor, it would be very different than 1 million people donating a dollar each.

      Jm

      • Just anecdotal here, but I’m not an Evangelical Christian, nor an adoptive parent, nor someone living the “Bible belt” and I’ve even heard of the Pearls and their parenting book. I have no idea how influential they truly are, but their book is pretty well-known in parenting circles (especially among anyone who researches various parenting philosophies and/or goes on any parenting boards). I first learned about them twelve years ago when my oldest child was a baby, and I came across several people online touting their book and their methods. Scared the crud out of me. :)

    • Paul Davidson

      Just in case anyone needs to fill out a form 990, I found a blank form here http://goo.gl/JYO744. This site also has some tutorials on how to fill it out and a few related blank tax forms.

  5. When you find out (as my friend did) that the child you adopted had a living birth parent–despite what the “Christian” agency told you, though they clearly knew, you will understand why the above book was written. When that agency then threatens you for speaking the truth (as many others she knew had adopted from that agency were threatened), you will recognize that there is a problem out there that needs to be solved. Yes, we need to put our money where our mouth is and adopt the children in our country, many of whom have special needs and have been thrown into the foster system. Or we need to better support the unwed mothers to raise their children–those are ways to combat abortion. To coerce parents into believing that their child is receiving an education abroad when they are actually being adopted by an American family? That does nothing to combat abortion.

    • Michelle, thanks for sharing and your story is not uncommon. Gagging clauses in Christian adoption agencies are a repulsive and unChristian way of trying to shut people up from speaking out the truth.

  6. Jonathan,

    After 10 minutes (quite literally) of shouting, “Yes!” and “Thank you!” and “Absolutely!” while reading your article, I think my two little boys will finally settle down to their playing with some modicum of trust that their mother is done shouting at her computer.

    I read the Mother Jones article earlier this week and have lost sleep over it. As a multi-generational adoptee (my grandma adopted my mom who adopted me who adopted my son) I was sick about the article’s lies and misrepresentations, but I was so baffled by its claims that I felt like Alice in Wonderland trying to sort it out.

    Your response is both a both a balm and a boost. I, for one, will continue passionately advocating the choice that saved my life and the life of those I love and made us a family.

    Consider this a virtual fist bump.
    Trisha

  7. It might be a good idea (for balance purposes on your part) to research the Pearls and Campbells as they are influential leaders in the homeschool movement. That won’t likely change your perspective on the adoption issue at hand, but it might lend some insight into why the author to whom you are responding feels as she/he does.

    • I’ve been involved in homeschooling my kids for over 20 years and I’ve never heard of either of the ministries. Not to say none of our associated homeschoolers have not, because we consider ourselves the “liberals” among the group, but it’s nothing I’ve heard promoted or mentioned among the evangelicals we associate with.

      • I am an atheist not even from the US and I have heard of the Pearls. They have quite a reputation.

  8. LeapsAndBounds

    If you have not heard of the Pearls, then you may be surprised by this *certain, but not insignificant, segment* of Christianity.

  9. Oh well, of course if YOU haven’t heard of someone they can’t possibly be important or influential.

    • Chris, the reverse could be said to you, “Well of course since YOU have heard of the Pearls, then they must be well known.” I think it’s been well established that among fundamentalist Christians that the Pearls are well know and that they have influence. Please quit picking at one part of a well written article. I’m a Southern Baptist (gasp) pastor and have many friends in the fundamentalist and quiverfull movements and have never heard of the Pearls. This does not mean they aren’t influential in some circles, it just means in my circles (under 40 pastor) they are not very influential. Of course, I’m reformed and so not very Fundamentalist.

      Thanks Jonathan for this article. I don’t always agree with you, but am troubled by this vitriol against Christian adoption. My wife and I are considering adopting domestically in the next few years and I am surprised by this.

  10. Unfortunately, you’ve linked to the wrong Acres of Hope ministry. Here’s the correct link” http://www.acresofhope.org/Pages/AOHStaff.aspx. The one you’ve linked to in the article is a well-respected shelter for women and children escaping abusive environments. It was started by local churches and enjoys broad evangelical and business support in the greater Sacramento community in Northern California. It doesn’t have anything to do with adoption. Nevertheless, nice article.

  11. Thank you!!! That was an excellent and truthful response to a certainly shameful and far-from-truthful article from Mother Jones.

    The original article angered and sickened me and I haven’t been able to shake it completely off since I read it. I am the adoptive mother of seven and live full-time in Cambodia where we have a Christian Children’s Home, Bykota House.

    Your reply was so very calm and right on target.

    Thank you again and God bless!
    Rhonda

  12. As the grandmother of an adopted child from Guatemala and twins from Ethiopia, I am APPALLED by this! These babies could not be more loved if they were ours biologically. Of course as Christians, our grandchildren will be raised in a Christian home and we pray that God will turn their hearts to Him. The things of this earth are fleeting and our lives are but a vapor. We do not take lightly what God has entrusted to us. Thank you for sharing this.

      • Jess, as an adoptive mom, I can just chime in that in an international adoption both the country of origin and the US have separate investigations that verify a status of orphan. The US will not allow a child in country until they are satisfied that the proper investigations have taken place. These are becoming more and more stringent and the Hague certification represents a high level of vigilance for child traffiing. There are very corrupt people out there who will steal children, and birth parents who will take bribes to sell their children. Sometimes the status of the child is “abandoned” in which case public notifications are sent out searching for information of the birth parents, all family members are searched for and interviewed, and a lengthy time is given for anyone related to the child or with information on the case to come forward. From there every country has multiple further steps that they use to try to be certain the child is orphaned. Then the US gov does their investigation. There is a reason why international adoptions take years. It is not always fool proof – but no one is out there selling children by the side of the road.

        • Concerned Adoptive Mom

          Don’t be so certain of what you speak.

          Children are being “bought” for international adoption.
          Lies are being told.
          Government officials are being paid huge bribes (in other countries).
          “Christian” orphanages are very involved in these unethical practices.

          I know.
          I have been there.
          I have adopted children.
          I have seen the bribes being paid.
          I have met the biological parents
          that the adoptive parents had been told were dead.

          I don’t know about the Hague Treaty,
          but not all countries have signed the Hague,
          nor are they doing adoptions according to the Hague.

          • Laurel – It is interesting that you failed to mention that YOU are one of the APs who really, truly should have known better but proceeded with your questionable adoption of 3 kids from Ghana anyways.

            Oh, and that you disrupted one of those kids from Ghana inside a year (oldest boy) and shipped another (youngest girl) off to a ghastly, unlicensed Christian facility for “treatment”… you sent your Little Miss, who you claim has a serious mental illness, off to an unlicensed facility that has no licensed medical practitioners who can provide appropriate medical treatment.

            You fail to mention how very proud you are of disrupting your adoption and sending Little Miss into exile! That you offer unconditional support to other adoptive families who are contemplating dumping their adopted kids and/or shipping them off to unlicensed facilities that do not have the staff (eg licensed doctors, nurses, psychologists, etc) to provide treatment to very, very mentally ill youngsters. If Little Miss broke her leg and you took her to anybody but a proper doctor to get it checked out, it’s be straight up neglect. But Little Miss is mentally ill, so no need for a real doctor, eh?

            You also curiously fail to mention that you’ve alienated most of your 10 biokids – they’ve moved far away, rarely call or visit and pretty much want next to nothing to do with you. You pray for healing and the for your family to come back together — but fail to acknowledge your role in alienating your loved, nurtured, healthy biokids. Maybe they’re disgusted with how you treat your adopted kids? Or that seeing you kick the adopted ones to the curb, they fear you’ll do the sane to them?? It’s also fascinating just how any of the biokids that you raised to love Jesus and homeschooled to spare them improper outside influences managed to get knocked up / knock their girlfriend up out if wedlock. Or maybe they’re taking lessons from their biodaddy???

  13. Wait soooo….in order to be influential one must have more than 664 tweets ? Wow. Good to know. Oh, and if YOU don’t know about them, then they must be an irrelevant publication? Also good to know. You MUST be all knowing. People are being lied to in the adoption process, Mr. Merrit, and Ms. Joyce is bringing that to light. And even if the “darkness” only includes a “tiny fraction” of adoptive situations- at least someone is holding a flame to those candles instead of just blowing them out to look perfect.

      • My point still stands, twitter is irrelevant. Besides, if I had 664 followers then I would feel pretty influential myself.

        • As an individual, 664 followers would be pretty good, but not influential except within a small circle. I just checked and Jonathan has about 11,000 followers. That indicates a little more influence but it still not considered phenomenal. (Sorry Jonathan.) :-) From the descriptions in the comments, I’d expect that the people involved in these fringe ministries are not exactly social media fans anyway.

    • If you’ve been covering the evangelical movement for over a decade and have researched and written over 500 articles (as the author of this post has) and you haven’t heard of the so-called influential people, that is relevant.

      If this were an article on advanced robotics and he said “Sebastian Thrun? Never heard of him, so he can’t be that big.” you would have a point that what he does or doesn’t know isn’t significant. Given his depth if experience in THIS field, it is odd that he’s not heard of people the MJ author claims are movers and shakers in the evangelical world.

      • I think it is literally impossible not to have heard of the Pearls or Above Rubies if you know anything at all about Evangelical and Quiverfull Christianity.

  14. “I accept this child as a trust from God for the purpose of adoption into my own family, and I promise, together with my husband/wife, to bring up this child in the love of God and the knowledge of Jesus Christ.” – These were the words on the standard receipt given to my adoptive parents from Holt adoption agency in 1971. This speaks of an agency who believed that evangelism was core to their mission of providing children to adopt. Incidentally I was wrongfully sent for adoption like many other children of that era and up to the present day, greatly to the grief of our natural families. I have found no channel by which to seek justice for this.

    Pound Pup Legacy, a watchdog for adoption abuse, has over 50 cases of child abuse by those that adopted them that are listed as “fundamentalist faith” on their website. However, the case of Hana Alemu Befekadu (Hana Grace-Rose Williams) who was abused to death by her adoptive family (the book by the Pearl’s featured in this case as it has in other listed cases) was not put under fundamentalist faith even though this was a faith-based adoption. I don’t know how many other cases missed a faith labeling, nor do I know by what criteria they made this call, all seem to be Christians. I don’t know if the abuse numbers are proportionate (or disproportionate) to the statistics of those who adopt because I consider it not that relevant when you can identify over 50 cases it still speaks to problems of abuse with adoptions within the Christian faith. Something that I sincerely hope Christians who encourage others to adopt will take on as something they feel responsible to address, rather than to go into denial about.

    The Evangelical Christian adoption movement has a lot to answer for in terms of its missions which result in the wrongful movement of many children across the globe and the people who these children are placed with. Please do your research if you want to comment credibly on this subject. It would seem like an admission of ignorance if you have never heard of Michael and Debi Pearl’s To Train Up A Child, it is well known by those who follow adoption abuse cases, although the Pearl’s would like to distance themselves by stating that this was not what they were teaching. It has sold more than 670,000 copies.

  15. I heard the author of the Mother Jones article on NPR Monday (Terri Gross) and she was more than fair to Christians for all their good intentions and the good they have done through adoption. But she is 100% right on about the West’s desire for adoptable children creating a “demand” and market in many poor countries, which has led to corruption–even if it’s been something of an inadvertent consequence.

    I’ve been involved in adoption for 10 years and have witnessed it over and over again in country after country. And unlike you, I am not biased by being on the board of an adoption agency. Defensive articles such as this one, which doesn’t get all its facts straight, only makes Christians look worse.

    • Jonathan Merritt

      Wait, so I’m biased for having served in an unpaid advisory role of an adoption agency for 17 months, but you’re unbiased even though you’ve “been involved in adoption for 10 years”? I’m no numbers guy, but it seems like there’s some fuzzy math in there.

      • chris tehonica

        Ms. Joyce book did not even touch the surface of the abuses that go in this country by the above mentioned agency.
        How much are you paid a year for being on this board. Should we pull up Guidestar as well?
        If you are really unaware of what goes on then you should look into your agency. A true christian would want to know the truth. The abuses are factual no matter what you or anyone else says on this site. It is a big money game and as far from what god wants as you can be.
        Matthew 7:22-23

        • I can tell you have no idea what you’re talking about. And the answer you are looking for is zero dollars. I am paid zero dollars for serving on the board.

        • “Unpaid’ means he didn’t receive financial compensation for his services, he volunteered, gave of his time because he has a passion for the mission of the ministry.

      • I’m “involved” as an adoptive parent and a birthmother. I am not affiliated with any adoption institution.

      • You may be missing the point. Bias of a commenter isn’t at issue here.

        We all agree that none of us wants to see children or families suffer – either needlessly, through need of a family, or due to greed, corruption or even good intentions.

        Fair enough?

        I prayerfully and respectfully ask you to see the trees AND the forest. There is ample documentation (maybe it is, maybe it is not in this book) that adoption as we know it 1. Creates a demand for children and 2. Creates an atmosphere ripe for corruption.

        I didn’t know Bethany took such careful steps to preserve families. Kudos! No wonder you are upset at Bethany being possibly maligned.

        That said, sir, from one sympathetic advocate to another, if you aren’t familiar with conservative Christian law professor David Smolin’s research on international adoption, I implore you to become so.

        Blessings to you, sir.

        • PROF.DAVID SMOLIN,S RESEARCH IS BREATHTAKING, every christian involved within the adoption world, should read his research, his lectures, a wealth of knowledge ensues,
          knowledge is a virtue, David Smolin’s material should be available and acknowledged in every christian church and associations accross the globe.

    • I would highly recommend you listen to Joyce’s Fresh air interview her information about child trafficking to find adopatable kids in Guatamala eEthiopia was edifying. She praised how Rwanda partnered with Christian oprhanage s to provide superb care for orphans while keeping them ffrom being trafficked.

      • I’ve visited and worked in orphanages all over the world. It is important to note that the solution for the orphan crisis is NOT building more orphanages. Children should be raised by families not institutions.

        • That said, the solution is certainly not removing these children from their extended families, communities and countries. It is not in their best interest to do so. How about providing support/mentorship to the extended family or at a minimum, create programs where they can be raised by their countrymen? Living in a well organized, educated and nutrional environment is much better than being removed by narcissists that believe they have the only ‘way’. What happened to ‘it takes a villiage’? Why are westerners so convinced that they can provide a better family than the child’s own family? Taking advantage of poverty is immoral and not Christian.

          • And when the extended families, communities and country do NOT want to take care of these children, then what? That is reality in many countries. Westerners don’t believe they can provide a better family than the child’s own family . . . they believe they can be a family and offer love for a child who has no family or others willing to take care of them. There is no doubt that it is a better choice to be placed in a loving family environment as opposed to being raised in an orphanage. Anyone who has visited these orphanges would be hard pressed to disagree. The important goal is that governments have processes in place that protect the children from unethical practices but also have the children’s best interest at heart.

          • These would be the very same Westerners who fail to acknowledge how waving tons of $$ by developing country standards around CAUSES unscrupulous folks to steal/kidnap/coerce folks to give up their beloved child so they can earn oodles of $$ by getting a foreign family to adopt him. These would be the PAPs who merrily pay $5000 orphanage “voluntary donations” in countries where a middle class income is the equivalent of $600 per year.

        • Then you undoubtedly know that in some countries what we call “orphanages” are more akin to “church boarding school,” used by the poor to provide care for needy children – parents have no intention of terminating their parental rights.

          Do you believe that these children are better served by being adopted by families overseas?

        • Children should be raised within the NATURAL FAMILY, if not by their parents, then grandparents, aunts,etc, if Kinship care cannot be made available, then christians should SPONSOR and MENTOR LOCAL COMMUNITIES.It is a travesty to take children from their place of birth,their home,to a STARNGERS home to a STRANGE COUNTRY, STRANGE LANGUAGE, and CULTURE.

          • While what you say seems so straight forward and black and white, there is a HUGE grey area. Unfortunately, it is not always possible for a child to survive in his/her birth community, especially in war torn countries. Our daughter was adopted from Liberia w/ quad Cerebral Palsy six years ago. She was 2 at the time and the size of a newborn and had been severely sexually abused. She was barely alive when we picked her up. She had been abandoned b/c she would never be able to contribute to her community. She was starving, and so was her community. He birth mom was told to take her to the bush and let her die b/c she was only going to take resources from them, but could never give back. Does she not deserve a shot at life and happiness w/ a family that ADORES her, just b/c we don’t look the same or talk the same? I am pretty sure life and love trump language and culture in her case, and I know she’d agree. We send letters and photos to her birthmom regularly and our hope is to reunite her w/ her birth family when she is older and stronger. It’s easy to have an opinion when you have not been in the trenches. We have seen children literally starving on the side of the road in Liberia while their birth parents are spending money to buy minutes for their cell phones. This is not the case w/ every Liberian family, but you have to understand, the regard for life, especially the disabled, is not the same as it is in the west.

      • Mary did you miss the part in the interview where kids were kidnapped so that westerners could adopt them? Or the Ethopian family who put their children up for adoption, because the agency lied to them and said it wasn’t permanent they could go to America to get an education and come back?

        Child trafficking as adoption is not an isolated issue, it happens anywhere there’s an a demand for adoptable kids.

  16. What I struggle with is the author’s inability to follow the ten commandments. ‘And you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. And you shall not desire your neighbor’s house, his field, or his male servant, or his female servant, his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.’ I’m pretty confident that this would include their children, too?

    Why the willful ignorance and failure to comply with these simple commandments? Please look into your hearts and discover that you are meant to help them where they are. Provide assistance to the parents and extended family, Charity does not include stripping families, communities, and countries of their most precious resource – their children. By your own actions you imply that Jesus should have been taken from his mother and given to the richer, more sophisticated and dominant culture of the time – the Romans.

    May God have mercy on your souls for your imperialistic and blatantly un-christian treatmen to of your brothers.

    • Shar, have you EVER been to an orphanage? Have you ever spent a day with hundreds of parentless children? Children who are not going to school, not receiving imperative medical attention, who are hardly being fed? Have you ever met a child who can’t walk simply because he doesn’t have walker, or who will never sit up because she doesn’t have a wheel chair? Have you ever met a typically developed child who was given up for God knows what reason? I have. And I can tell you their names.

      So let’s support them in their communities, shall we? Providing support in the form of money and supplies is fruitless. The supplies get sold and the money is used to provide more opulent living conditions for the directors. I have seen this. Have you? And then what happens to the children? I’ll tell you. They rot in these places until they age out. And then what? And then they rot in a society that treats them like garbage because they were the neglected, the disabled, the unwanted.

      Providing support for these societies and communities is a great idea. But changing ideologies and mindsets to include acceptance of those who are disabled or developmentally delayed is going to take generations. And these are children NOW who need help. Not all of these children were coerced out of their parents homes. Many were given up willfully. Please tell me I have misunderstood your comment. Otherwise, may God have mercy on your closed-minded, misunderstood soul. For the well-being of these children, adoption, both domestic and international, is imperative.

      • Have you EVER visited an American orphanage? I find it ludicrous that we are talking about foreign babies, when the US has 10,000 orphans aging out of the system every year. Where is the Christian goodwill towards these children? We are LITERALLY put out on the streets with no money, no resources and no FAMILY…and the we are told to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and be self-sufficient. As a former group home kid, I can tell you that most, if not all, aged orphans would LOVE to be a part of a family. But these people talk out of both sides of their mouths. They don’t REALLY want to help, they want to be looked at as heroes for “saving” a foreign baby. If they REALLY wanted to make a difference, they would call child services, they would make little multicolored families with all the love, hope, and Christian values they possess. But it really isn’t about helping others, as I said. Teenagers could misbehave! (Gasp!) Well let me tell you something. Your adopted babies will most likely misbehave as teenagers, as well. Will you do as one adoptive couple I know did? These evangelicals adopted two babies: one at birth and one when she was six. When these two girls were 16 and 17, the adoptive parents threw them out on the streets. Guess who took them in? This former orphan, who had only what I had managed to build/accumulate in the eight years since I had been put out on the streets with nothing. Adoption is no guarantee, and family is forever. These girls now have their birth parents to turn to, thankfully. Me? No birth parents for me, one was abusive and one was alienated by the state. My family is comprised of former adoptees and former foster children. I was robbed of what family I could have had by the state, and since I wasn’t little and cute the great God-sent adopters wanted nothing to do with me. Way to spread Christian values, people. Pat yourself on the back for purchasing a possibly-trafficked orphan, while pushing for children in the US to be stripped of their parents and put into group homes. Good job. I’m sure God will be proud.

    • Yes, it’s free. And I agree more Christians should do so – but only those who are equipped to help children who have been abused, neglected, or unwanted to heal. One also must be prepared for the biological parents to be a part of these children’s lives forever – even after adoption occurs. One needs to be mentally, emotionally, and spiritually mature to adopt through foster care – and our kids in foster care deserve parents who are.

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        This is an example of the well-intentioned but very misleading kinds of comments that inform parents considering international adoption. There is this idea that somehow international adoptees are unabused, un-neglected blank slates that are free from the emotional and psychological scars of children in the US foster care system. I feel like we’re setting people up with very unrealistic expectations, and with an entitlement complex in which we think we have the right to rip children out of their birth community and “save” them without having to deal with the problems in that community that led to them being placed for adoption in the first place.

        The truth is that adoption is both beautiful and messy. We can’t ignore the messiness of domestic adoption and the brokenness of the communities and families from which children in the foster care system come–that brokenness stares us in the face. So we turn to adoptive situations that minimize the messiness, adopting from communities whose brokenness is far enough away to ignore.

        I’m not saying this as a criticism of people who adopt internationally–by and large they are amazing, committed people who do their absolute best to provide the children they adopt with loving, nurturing homes. But there is a kind of collective self delusion going on about international adoption in the Christian community that absolutely needs to be dealt with.

  17. Thank you for this insightful article. As a whole, it is imperative the adoption community is well informed of arguments being made on all sides. Your explanation of Joyce’s weak research is helpful for me as I continue to educate myself. We are in the middle of an international adoption … and we are so excited to get our kids home! Part of our journey has been focused on helping to make friends and family aware of adoption needs and orphan care. Your article has opened up some new resources to me as we continue in our journey. Thank you!

  18. If you’ve never heard of Debi and Michael Pearl, you should definitely educate yourself. Because within fundamentalist circles, they are HUGE, and very dangerous teachings. I agree that this sampling is by no means representative of Christians or adoption as a whole, but it does bear more looking into. Their teachings are absolutely appalling and many children have been abused even to the point of death by people who are trying to live them out.

    • I agree with Crystal. The Pearls are very well known within fundamental Christian circles. Their teachings are dangerous and promote abuse of children. They are “fringe” Christians and definately do not represent the views of mainstream Christianity. I recall reading the Above Rubies magazines when I was involved with that QF movement. The Pearls are highly respected, but their child rearing views are abusive, at best.

    • I agree. Michael and Debbi Pearl’s teachings are quite influential among the Patriarchal, “Quiverfull” types. They are widely followed, and becoming more popular all the time. See TLC’s show, “19 Kids and Counting”. There are many many families that ascribe to this mindset.

      I grew up in a patriarchal/Quiverfull church, and I can tell you that it is a scary and dangerous way to raise kids.

    • People were subscribing to “Beyond Rubies” and reading the Pearls in the 1990s in Tasmania, the little island off the south coast of Australia when I was growing up. If they had spread that far, I really can’t believe an American who has made a living writing about Evangelical issues has never heard of them.

  19. Great article! Sometimes you just “can’t fix stupid.”

    So…if an atheist, Muslim or Buddhist provides orphan care they must be proselytizing for their faiths. What else could it be about? It’s amazing that those who are operating Buddhist and Hindu orphan homes in Nepal are always willing to use American support dollars while continuing to share their faith. Perhaps they don’t want any more of our tainted “Christian” dollars? Right!

    • Those Christian dollars come with strings attached – adoption of children. It promotes human trafficking. The demand of Christians that they obtain ownership (via altered birth certificates through adoption) is not being charitable. Funny that you mention Buddhist, Hindu and Muslims. They don’t believe in exporting and wiping out a child’s name, heritage and culture for the selfish sake of ‘saving’ someone.

      • Three families that I know have adopted boys from Ethiopia. They have kept their Ethiopian names as their middle names and have made a HUGE effort to incorporate the culture of Ethiopia into their household. They WANT their boys to know where they come from and their heritage. Oddly enough, these three families don’t know each other and live in different parts of the country, but all three are working toward making sure that their sons know their heritage. They didn’t adopt these boys to “save” their soul, but to give them a home. Don’t judge all by a bad few.
        I have been in an orphanage where I was mobbed because I gave a girl with an open wound a band-aid and the rest of the kids wanted one – if I could have adopted then I would have.

  20. Thank you for your article. There are many of us with passionate views regarding adoption but it is sad to see so many negative comments regarding adoption in general. There is a definite need for adoption as there ARE orphans needing and WANTING a family! True Christians adopt out of love – not for a need to “save” anyone. You cannot, with any intelligence, lump Christians who adopt into the same category as this group/cult of people who we know do not represent the majority. The article/book being discussed was not objective and obviously the author did not investigate anything that would hinder her from getting her own personal opinions across. As always with journalism, it seems the worst stories get the press. Bottom line, it’s not a clear and honest picture.

  21. Jonathan,

    Thank you! You are right on point with your response. As always, I appreciate your winsome, prophetic voice.

    I am not surprised when people who do not share our worldview do not interpret our motives correctly. I am sure that there are exceptions, but the evangelicals I know like us who have adopted transnationally have done so because they wanted to be parents first and foremost. I can see how someone could be confused by the parallels that we draw between our adoption in Christ and our adoption of children. I love the fact that the story of our family gives us a great way to advance the conversation about the gospel, but we are not saviors. There is only one with the pawer to truly rescue anyone, and I am filled with awe that He cared enough to sacrifice Himself for us.

    There are a number of things in both the Mother Jones blog and the NPR interview with Kathryn Joyce that still need to be discussed. Several of us who are active in the evangelical orphan care and adoption conversation have taken on a few more in an exchange with Ed Stetzer at his blog. I will also post a few more thoughts on my own blog later today. I would love to hear your reaction to both.

    Blessings,

    Rick Morton

  22. Dr.Kate Waller-Barratt a fine christian woman, ran mother and baby homes, her motto above the entrance ‘NEVER SEPARATE THE SACRED BOND OF MOTHER AND CHILD’. Psalm 139, we are fearfully and wondefully made, thou hast covered me in MY MOTHERS WOMB. Here is the crux, God chose the MOTHER and the womb,naming mothers that have lost their children as a birthmothers is an absoluter travesty, they will be the mother of that child till their last breath. Christians accross the globe need to waken up to this fact, THERE ARE VERY FEW ORPHANS, most have poor extremely poor parents, that put them in the care of christians that guarantee food and shelter, yet christians accross the globe like Rik Warren and John Piper, call on folks top ADOPT, ADOPT. A more christian act, would be to SPONSOR and MENTOR communities, and within the local churches, let the elder women teach parenting skills, and let the tithes of the churches support the POOR, WIDOWS, and AFFLICTED, this is biblical christianity. Moses in Hebrews 11 Tells us By faith Moses REFUSED TO BE CALLED THE SON OF PHAR’-AOH’S DAUGHTER. Gods inspired word speaks for itself, Moses new who his mother was, not a birthmother HIS MOTHER. Christians that change the name of a child are guilty of ancestride, read Matthew 1, God,s inspired word lets us know how important genealogy is, Exodus 20 verse 16 We are commanded Not to bear FALSE WITNESS adoption does just that, bears false witness of every child it brings into the country, more God honoring would be to find out genuine orphans, and be God’s nurturer’s of these children, keeping their identity, and culture, and country of origin throughout the childhood years alive, and visiting again the place of their birth, what a wonderful privilege, these children will grow up with the deepest love and respect for the folks that care so deeply for them in the saddest of circumstances, orphaned. Truly that would be God honoring,not closed adoption where the reward for adoption is owner identity, possession, which burdens the child with a life of gratitude and loyalty, suffering greatly from serious separation and loss issues.

  23. As an adoptive mother of 5 internationally adopted children, I can honestly say that adoption is not for the faint at heart. Especially for those of us who have adopted children who have a painful past. I remember very well the Above Rubies magazine and the adoption frenzy that blew thru that Quiver Full movement. At the time I was a homeschooling mom of 10 children, and fully believed the agenda to “multilpy and replenish” the earth. The fact is that the Campbells and Sam and Serene were unequipped to handle the children they adopted. These kids were coming from war torn Liberia. These children have knnown heartache, war, PTSD, sexual abuse, etc. I read thru the entire article by Mother Jones, and honestly — for the most part they are ‘spot on’ in their conclusions. The fact is that most families, Christian or not, are not equipped to handle the realities of adopting a child from a 3rd world country that has expierenced neglect, abuse and abandonment. I also understand that there are evil people in this world who are all to eager to make $$ from selling children. I saw this first hand when I lived over seas and witnessed children being ‘brokered’. It happens friends. I am sorry, but it does. We live in a broken world, and there are many broken children. There are so many waiting to prey on their precious souls. While the body of Christ is called to care for the orphan and the widow — we need to find fair, and just ways to do so. Sometimes taking children from their nation is not the answer. Sometimes it is. We need discernment and direction. Adoption is a gift, but it is not a gift for everyone. Many, like myself have been blessed by the gift — but I will be honest…. it has not been easy. These children have come with broken hearts. Therapy, time, lots of love and prayers are needed. Honestly most parents are not equipped. Adoption agencies need to be very careful with who they choose to work with in country. Baby brokers are out there, waiting to lure agencies with promises of orphans, and infants. It is sad reality. Are there easy answers to the plight of the orphan? No. Must we do something? Yes! May our Lord guide our steps and help us make gracious and just decisions on how to do so.
    Grace & peace,

  24. So we are told in the Bible to adopt. The best example of adoption in the Bible is Moses (who incidently was brought up by his mother). What did Moses do when he grew up- oh yes he repudiated his adoption. Great example of what all adoptees should do. Actually what you are told in the Bible is to provide support and assistance for single mothers and their children. There is nothing said about taking the children and leaving the mother with a lifetime of grief, guilt and other associated issues.

  25. To learn more about International Adoption go to this blog: http://thesearchformothermissing.blogspot.com/

  26. I really did not think the MJ article was a fair representation of the Christian Adoption Movement on the whole, BUT there is a belief among us that adoption is THE answer. Rick Warren recently tweeted that exact thing. I love most of his views but on this I cannot agree. We should be focusing on WHY these children are “orphaned” in the first place. Dare I say that adoption is the EASY answer! Helping an entire country or community rise up and alleviate poverty is far harder. It’s time we called for fair wages, fair trade, education, empowerment, and family preservation to prevent dissolution of a family.

    • I would think, a few orphans raised to God, well educated and well fed, returning to their birth countries as adults could indeed effect that desparately needed change that would eventually prevent the travesties. But without God, those countries will never conquer the evil that governs them.

  27. http://www.buzzfeed.com/jillfilipovic/why-evangelical-christians-love-adopting-kids

    “There are not hundreds of millions of children who are available for adoption. The orphan crisis has become this extremely amorphous term, but one of those commonly-cited figures is 163 million children needing adoption. But of that number, it’s estimated that only 17 million children have lost both parents — meaning that almost 150 million children defined as “orphans” have one living parent. In the U.S. we would not consider children of single parents “orphans” available for adoption. People need to come to terms with the fact that these numbers are being used in a dramatic way that changes the meaning of things. A lot of the 17 million children who have lost both parents are also living with extended family, so the numbers are almost meaningless.”

  28. criticism is crucial–we can celebrate christians caring for vulnerable kids and still engage in necessary and critical reflection about the process. good motives alone aren’t enough, and positive outcomes don’t excuse corrupt or exploitative processes.

    adoption can be redemptive and beautiful (and painful), and it is always extraordinarily complex, but your article doesn’t acknowledge much nuance. if we are honest, there are aspects of White Savior-ism/White Man’s Burden/cultural imperialism within parts of the evangelical adoption movement, and we need to talk about that. just like interracial marriage won’t magically solve racism, interracial/cultural adoption won’t either (although i’ve heard white adoptive parents naively claim otherwise).

    we need to talk about family reunification and community support and how it may not be the best thing in the world to adopt/uproot/”save” kids across the world by bringing them here–especially children who are not orphans! there are serious, concerning, exploitative elements within international adoption that “meaning well” will not–and should not–gloss over. adoption is only one of many ways to demonstrate mercy to those in need. it’s not like our only choices are either sitting on our hands or bringing every kid from africa to america.

    also, the pearls are tremendously influential in fundamentalist christian circles. writing them off as fringe “crazies” minimizes the harm they cause and excuses us from examining harmful evangelical theologies (of submission, power, discipline, adoption-as-salvation) which may fall more centrally along the same spectrum. children have died, and it’s on our watch.

  29. Bill Blacquiere

    When Bethany donates to an orphanage we do so with no expectation of getting referrals. Also, Bethany partners with many organizations to provide foster care to adoption in the child’s own country, family preservation services and sponsorship of families so they can keep their children and adequately care for them. At times these partners do refer children to Bethany for adoption. The majority of these children have physical and mental impairments and are older. 65% or more of all our adoptive placements are children with special placements needs.

  30. I was really amazed to hear that you’d never heard of any of these “fringe” authors when I, a Catholic living in Milwaukee, knew of them all. I think they may be unusual, but since I find the atmosphere of most non-denominational churches to be along the lines of Wonder Bread, maybe you need to widen your horizons before depicting them as utter aliens.

  31. I grew up reading all of Above Rubies publications, and with parents who bleieved what they believed and practices the disciplinary tactics that the Pearls teach, we had all their books as well. I experienced the same abuses and educational neglect that these adopted kids did, and this mentality happens more often than you think in the christian homeschooling circles where these publications are popular and sold at most of the conventions. Nice to know how little my experience matters to mainstream christianity. Maybe you should be reading more on this topic to educate yourself on the plight of kids trapped in these families all over america.

    • Apparently if abuse happens in a “fringe” (that contains tens of thousands of children in countries around the world) we aren’t even allowed to discuss it…

  32. I know others have pointed out the prominence of the Pearls (though you had not yet been aware of their teachings.) Sadly, they are making inroads into more broadly evangelical circles from their fringy beginnings.

    There are three deaths documented as being connected with the Pearls’ teachings, and many more children abused. Their parents are usually well-intentioned, loving, Christian parents whose actions are abusive, even though their hearts are loving, under the teaching and guidance of the Pearls.

    It is not insignificant that ALL THREE documented deaths were of adopted children (two children adopted internationally and one was domestic foster-to-adopt.)

    It would behoove you to learn more about the Pearls and how they have impacted the Christian culture (fringe, evangelical AND mainstream), as well as how adoptive parents have been influenced by them.

    For more information:
    http://www.tulipgirl.com/index.php/category/michaelanddebipearl/

    May we always remember Lydia Schatz, Hana-Grace Williams, and Sean Paddock. May we, as Christians, shine the light on abusive teachings which hurt Christian families.

    Grace and peace,
    TG

  33. Hi Jonathan. As one of those 70,000 women who have recieved counseling from Bethany, leading up to the relinquishment of my daughter, I am saddened by your apparent willingness to use us as support for your own thesis. Having relinquished a child through Bethany, I can tell you my experience was not a good one and there are certainly issues within the agency in regards to attitudes about biological parents.

  34. I too am surprised you haven’t heard of the Pearls and agree with what other commenters have said: Don’t rush to the defense of some of these movements and practices. Though Mother Jones is certainly wrong to lump reputable Christian adoption agencies such as Bethany in with those movements and agencies who have harmful practices, evangelicals should not make the same mistakes. We should be just as quick to criticize the harmful practices of the Pearls and others in the “Quiverfull” movement.

  35. I want to add one more thing: I think what’s needed here is some journalism that goes deep into the Christian adoption movement and evaluates where it is working and where it isn’t working – and how it could be improved. Certainly there can be unexamined prejudices at work and a “white savior” mentality. But to say that’s happening in all cases is incredibly reductive. The Mother Jones article clearly paints with too broad a brush, but so does this reply. I eagerly await a more neutral and balanced approach.

  36. Adoption corruption and adoption trafficking exists and is a multi-billion dollar industry with the majority at fault are the Evangelical Orphan Movement. Because of their ‘Savior complex’ and believing white parents make better parents then colored parents they have created a HUGE freaking mess overtaking poor countries and creating this propaganda (besides all of the manipulation and lies) of ‘give us your child because it is in their best interest and then telling Western folks that your child is ready to come home! The problem is that now thousands upon thousands of U.S. or Europe owned ‘orphanages’ have been popping up everywhere into foreign land. These foreigners have no idea what ‘adoption’ really means. Children are being stolen in HUGE numbers from hundreds of countries and taken to these orphanages. The agencies then market these children as ‘orphans’ when in reality paperwork is being falsified (such as death certificates of one parent or a long paper trail of lies and deception) to fulfill the demand. The downside is that the ‘street kids or the kids who are really in need of help are NOT being helped, nor the children of the US. It’s really a modern day ‘slave trade’ if you look at it without all the emotions of ‘saving a child’. http://www.againstchildtrafficking.org/2013/04/taken-never-returned-when-adoption-profits-the-middleman/

    • Jonathan Merritt

      Jenette,

      I think you’re making a lot of baseless accusations. At Bethany, for example, we explicitly believe it is in the best interest of a child to remain in their home culture. Therefore, we use a continuum of care to first attempt to locate their next of kin or facilitate an in-country adoption/foster option before even considering international adoption. For this reason, most of Bethany’s international adoptions (about 7 in 10) involve special needs children. Bethany does not believe that white and/or western parents are better.

      Jm

      • Except that to point to 7 of 10 adoptions being special needs children, while totally accurate I am sure, is less a statement about Bethany’s commitment to children and more a reflection of the current situation in international adoption world wide. China (until recently the largest sending country) is almost exclusively a special needs program since the wait for a child without a known medical condition is currently approaching 7 years. Any agency with even a slight regard for ethics has shuttered their Ethiopia program in the face of the corruption there and is only placing special needs children. Korea’s program has always been limited to a few states that an agency can place children (states where the agency has actual offices) but Korean allows agencies to make exceptions to that rule for special needs children. So the fact is that most agencies, except the lost unethical, are placing more special needs kids. That says little about the agency and more about the current realities of international adoption. An in Ethiopia specifically, Bethany has been a partner of the Mussie orphanages, which had their own issues with corruption until the government shut them down last year.

      • Maureen Flatley

        But certainly Bethany prevented many children from “going home” if that home was populated w/ Catholic, Jewish or Muslim parents, including very well qualified heterosexual two parent families. the bottom line is that though Bethany has done some good work the adoption industry needs a serious wake up call. More broadly the United States needs to take a hard look at the money involved in adoption and the almost complete lack of a national strategic policy to address both the needs of American children trapped in foster care as well as the millions of economic orphans around the world, children who w/ minimal “investment” could remain w/ their poor but loving families abroad. Adoption is not a bad thing. But it’s not the answer for many many children.

        You simply cannot dismiss Joyce’s premise. There is much that should be addressed w/ serious thoughtful dialogue.

      • There is no desire to locate the next of kin, your statements are a joke. Most of them do not care about the biological parents, just the money.

  37. Johnathan,

    I think in this topic most people are missing the forest for the trees. As John Piper has said, “adoption is greater than the universe.” Adoption is the primary way in which God makes his family, and our ‘vertical’ or spiritual adoption is the primary motivating force in chrisitians practicing ‘horizontal’ or sociological adoption. We get stuck on the evils that happen in the world and are going to happen, and forget that our adoption by God, if not the greatest, is one of the greatest themes in Scripture. That is the reason christians adopt and practice orphan care. All other reasons are secondary. We are the community of the redeemed who have been adopted, so we adopt.

    My seminary thesis was on the doctrine of adoption and I’ve spent the last two years turning it into a book. It comes out next month (May). It also contains my famlies story of adopting our children.

    It is a strong theological treatise on the doctrine of adoption and the impact it should have on the church. It’s called, ADOPTED: GOD’S PLAN A.

    It will be a good read for any who are interested in the theology behind adoption and why orphan care is pivitol to our faith and the identity of the church. It is well researched and all sources are in the bibliography.

    Thanks
    Aaron Hartman MD, MAR, FAAFP

    • Your ignorance to biblical adoption is breathtaking…Adoption in scripture is the doctrine of predestination,absolutely nothing to do with you taking new borns/toddlers etc.from other countries, bearing false witness by giving them a false identity, and worse still living that lie by telling the world they are your children. THEY HAVE A MOTHER/FATHER, the parents GOD GAVE THEM Psalm 139. Ethical care of children will separate the sheep from the goats, and is God Honouring. There are folks that will SPONSOR KINSHIP CARE or, SPONSOR and MENTOR families/children through christian charitable schemes within the community the children were born into. Your saviour attitude of taking babies from poor countries and believing this to be the latest form of evangelism is nothing less than A MAN MADE ACTION, and worse still to profit from this is simply disgraceful,charlatan’s and for filthy lucre. How many within these bodies have studied the separtaion grief and loss these little ones suffer and their parents, it would suit you better to spend your time researching the AMPLE research available to this end, and take a leaf out of Dr. Kate Waller-Barratt, your fellow countryman, America’s GIANT for God, in her christian act of compassionate care to ‘NEVER SEPARATE THE SACRED BOND OF MOTHER AND CHILD’

  38. I have thrown my two cents into this argument in a blogpost, “Is the gospel of adoption always good news?”

    http://ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/gospel-adoption-always-good-news

  39. Mom of the Horde

    I think the real crux of the issue isn’t that the Evangelical Adoption Movement is corrupt or bad persay, but that there’s a real lack of an adequate screening process or preparation/support/follow up with the adoptive parents once they get home.

    I’ve been reading a lot of blogs of evangelical families that are adopting overseas the past few years. Some families seem surprised once they get home that the kids they’ve brought home have problems other than medical ones stemming from their time in an institution. Add in the tendency of some to homeschool and eschew contact with the outside world and you have a recipe for disaster.

    Things like Reactive Attachment Disorder and Institutional Autism can’t just be prayed away. You can’t just throw a kid who has never known life outside of an orphanage, who may not even know any English, to be able to function well in a family setting without extra support. Sometimes the best of intentions and love isn’t enough…. it’s important, but not always enough.

    • That’s an important point. We have heard of six disruptions of children adopted to the USA from Uganda in the last few months. Many blame severe RAD as a reason for the disruption…. however what I would say, having information about the background of these Adoptions, is that some of the children are not suffering from RAD at all… but actually suffering extreme trauma and grieve after being dragged away from their parents and communities, where they had good attachments, and placed into the hands of unsuspecting US families by orphanage directors who will receive an orphanage donation of up to $5000 for placing the child.

      Anyone who doesn’t suspect these things go on, or perhaps think these incidents are a very small minority, really need to come to somewhere like Uganda for a length of time and see what happens on the ground.

  40. THANK YOU. I heard an interview with Kathryn Joyce on the NPR Fresh Air podcast this past week, and I was incensed. She used phrases like “adoption obsession” and “supply and demand” in regards to Christian adoptions. She essentially accused Christians of creating a ‘demand’ for orphans that has directly caused countries to practice unethical adoption practices. She specifically targeted Ethiopia, but did not mention any of the preventative measures that Ethiopia has taken in the past two years to ensure that child trafficking does not take place.

    I love NPR Fresh Air, and normally find their interviewing to ask some of the harder questions, but in this case the author was given a free pass, and none of her statements were questioned. Thank you for your well-written article. I am so tired of the recent, very disturbing trend of bashing adoptive families. I certainly would never want to see any kind of unethical adoptions take place; but lumping all international adoption into that category and accusing Christian adoptive parents of having “orphan fever” does a disservice to both the parents, and also the adopted children who have to hear this nonsense.

    I think that this recent trend of attacking international adoption by using these very isolated cases is a convenient way for people to go about ignoring the orphan crisis and giving themselves a free pass not to do anything about it. Adoption is ONE of many, many possible solutions to the orphan crisis, and is a small part of it. But it is a part of it!

  41. OK so she doesn’t much like us, maybe she is even suspicious of us and our motives. That doesn’t mean she doesn’t have a point. Can’t we test everything and hold to what is good (or as my husband would say, “keep the fish and throw away the bones”)?

    There are often huge problems with the ethics of international adoptions. That doesn’t mean they aren’t a part of God’s plan. It DOES mean that we should approach the subject with discernment and do our best to ensure all actions taken are above reproach.

    Children from these situations, whether they’re coming from foster care or overseas, can have serious needs/problems as a result of their circumstances. That doesn’t mean they don’t need or want or deserve a family, it DOES mean that families interested in adoption need to educate themselves about such things, that agencies need to be honest about the children in their care, that post-adoption support for these families is essential to good outcome.

    While Kathryn Joyce is painting Christian adoption with a broad brush, there WAS something there to paint. That should outrage us all, not to be defensive, but to work at keeping ourselves informed and the adoption process above board. I have read issues of Above Rubies that corroborate the state of the Allisons’ home at the time of their adoptions. With no running water or electricity, there is no way they would pass a home study today. There is no way their adoptions would be legal today (I admit I don’t know what the standards were back then, but it wasn’t all that long ago).

    As for the Pearls, I’ve heard of them too, and I find their views deeply disturbing. I have seen their books used in small/women’s groups at churches I know, offered to new mothers by respected members of these same churches. Their teachings have led to the deaths of several (adopted) children and the continued abuse of who knows how many more.

    The bottom line is these are absolutely issues that SHOULD concern us as Christians, please don’t ignore the problem because you don’t like who is pointing it out.

  42. Dear Jonathan,

    I read your article and the responses of your readers with great interest. I am not adopted, nor an adopter, nor likely to ever become one, so I hope what I have to say has a modicum of objectivity: your logic and the stated experiences of many of your responders leave me wanting to say “Yes” both to you and the Mother Jones article. Undoubtedly Mother Jones and Ms. Joyce are more than slightly reserved in their accolades for Christianity and its movements. But, equally, your zeal for the “Adoption Movement” and anger at the perceived injustice of their commentary, leads you, I believe, to a much too easy dismissiveness of at least some of the article’s trenchant points…that is, if the witness of many of your responders is to be heard and respected.

    As I read what you and they have to say, the first thought that hit me was the memory of Ghandi when he was asked by a fellow Hindu who had killed a Moslem family after his own family had been massacred, but who now wanted to repent and seek forgiveness for the sake of peace: Ghandi instructed him to find a Moslem orphan, raise the child as his own, but raise him as a Moslem. Given Christianity’s history of alliance with colonizers and the perpetuation of oppressive economies, I wonder if Ghandi’s directive might not have a message for us Christians today. Perhaps, perhaps not…but what worries me most certainly is the phrase “of course” used by one of your responders who is an adoptive parent and was indicating her intentions about what values her adopted child would be raised in.

    I do not believe that tose who adopt children of other cultures and backgrounds automatically have the right or the duty to raise those kids in their own value system or religion, for to automatically assumethe right to do so, is a form of triumphalism. Note that what I am criticizing here is not the willingness, the blessed willingness,of people to adopt, nor their concern for the child’s values and faith, nor even necessarily the decision to raise the child as Christian; it is the attitude that underlies a comment like “of course” that bothers me. Whether realized and intended or not, such an assumption impies a kind of arrogance and insensitivity that is decidedly un-Christian, but all too often very American.

  43. I didn’t even know that there was a Christian adoption movement. I’m glad to hear it.

  44. you write, “Does Joyce mention that before Bethany will perform an international adoption, they attempt to reconnect the children with their next of kin, facilitate a domestic adoption, or place them in a domestic foster care program?”

    i have adopted 2 children through bethany’s international adoption program….and to the best of my knowledge NOTHING was done by bethany to investigate birth parent and kin…..to place the children up for domestic adoption or domestic foster care…….

    you quote the president of bethany….

    “The article says [Bethany] donates money to orphanages and that we handle the paperwork. Number one, we don’t handle the paperwork. And whenever we donate to an orphanage, we will not do adoptions with that orphanage to avoid a conflict of interest,” says Bill Blacquiere, President and CEO of Bethany. “Additionally, whenever a child is referred to us for adoption, we perform a separate investigation with an attorney to locate the birth mother, interview family members, and verify that there is nothing improper happening. If anything questionable is discovered, we decline to be involved with that child. Joyce is alleging that we may be adopting children who were attained unethically, and that is not true.”

    where are my children’s reports?…..what lawyer was used?…why is it when i asked bethany to help find my daughters birth parents that said they couldn’t help until she was 18……..

    no i am sorry mr. merritt……bethany has not done everything they can for every child that has been adopted internationally through the agency…….

    you have made false claims…….sweeping general statements that may be a partial truth for some children….but not mine………

  45. Actually, some evangelicals on the ground in these adoption zones are ringing alarm bells over the adoption industry that is thriving overseas. In some countries, adoption thieves have a punchlist of characteristics to look for as they roam streets, and they kidnap kids to sell to adoption mills. Many “orphans” are not parentless, and others are “sold” into the orphan system without their parents and relatives realizing they’ll never see their kids again. Mother Jones has its reasons for castigating the adoption problem, but there is a real problem, and evangelicals need to wake up. For starters, check out http://bringlove.in/ and read “No Greater Love” by Levi Benkert.

    • Thank you Tim. I’m a Christian and have been ringing the alarm bell you speak about in Uganda for sometime. I know Levi personally and love the work. Merritt turning this into a left/right issue really is quite pathetic.

  46. So, if Bethany s SO good, then how come they are lying and hiding behind a CPC center ? http://www.adoptionbirthmothers.com/crisis-pregnancy-centers-funneling-adoption-misinformation-2/

  47. It seems like no good deed by people of faith goes unpunished by the main stream media.
    Whenever people are involved, bad ones will crop up, but they don’t represent the whole. Look at the Kermit Gosnell story, do his actions represent those of all abortion doctors and clinics? Not only did various state agencies overlook the numerous problems at his clinic, even the National Abortion Federation (NAF) visited and rather than do anything to protect women’s health, they did nothing.
    I sure hope Kathryn Joyce will write an objective article about that, and also the ‘babies as pawns’ problem in the U.S. which encourages many infertil American couples to seek foreign adoptions.

  48. Bethany, like the other 30 or so adoption agencies operating in Uganda, are using a loophole to get children out of Uganda.. Using guardianship orders, which are not part of the legal framework for adoption, Bethany are purposely avoiding the rules and regulations as set-out in the Children’s Act.

    Furthermore Bethany say on their website state:

    “Bethany values our in-country partners and the openness to finding mutual solutions to the orphan crisis. For instance, when the government in Uganda recently asked Bethany to participate in a debate about the merits of international adoption, Tendai Masiriri, Bethany’s director of Africa programs, presented Bethany’s position to the Uganda Parliamentary Forum, and later he spoke at the government’s invitation to a larger group of Parliament. As a result, Bethany is now registered to carry out international adoptions in Uganda, with 40 to 60 children to be referred to Bethany each year.”

    There IS NO agreement between the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) and Bethany – NONE, ZERO, ZIP. In addition are the orphanages they are using licensed? (rhetorical question) PLUS their experience at the Parliamentary Forum for Children was FAR from what they reported. Thanks to ChildFund for speaking the truth.

    Making this into a political issue is pretty low. Rather than, as Christians, take an introspective look at our movement some are sadly determined to make this into a political issue to deflect attention from the movement and perhaps even their own ‘dodgy’ adoptions – mocking Christ, integrity, intelligence and justice in the process.

  49. Johnathon,

    The Board of any organisation is responsible for setting policy directions, but Board members do not have a hands-on role in implementing these directions. That is up to the management team. However, if the management team are failing to adequately implement the Board’s directions, then it is up to the Board to investigate and replace management as necessary.

    It would appear, from the responses received on this forum alone, that there is enough anecdotal information to trigger a concerned reation from the Board.

    Ultimately, the buck stops with the Board and with individual Board members and Johnathon, as a Bethany Board member, I suggest that you have some difficult questions to ask of your fellow Board members and of your managment team.

  50. Mr. Merrett,

    My husband and I adopted our daughter from Romania in 1998.
    Romania and Russian no longer permit International Adoptions.

    Your blunt criticism of Kathryn Jones because she appears to criticize some Christians for adoptions – is a bit difficult to accept for a couple of reasons:
    –You present yourself as “an authority” when you state you’ve written/published over 5,000 articles over the past decade:
    YET, you admit you’ve never heard of Michael and Debi Pearl, and their book – To Train Up a Child.

    I’m most certainly not a fan of the Pearls or Ms. Jones….
    But, since you present yourself as some type of authority in the this field – I’d THINK you would have heard of the Pearls and this book of their’s; which has been connected with the sad deaths of several children.
    PLUS: The Pearls have been interviewed on mainstream news programs like – The Today Show; and Anderson Cooper’s CNN program 360 Degrees.

    The Pearl’s book, To Train Up a Child has/is reviewed on Amazon and Goodreads. Perhaps you should read the reviews and know about the book you seem to be dismissing. It has had generous influence over lots of people; some to the point they “claim” it caused them to actually beat their innocent, helpless children to death!

    I do agree with the poster: Concerned Adoptive Mom who stated:
    Not all countries have signed The Hague Treaty. One country that HAS NOT signed The Hague Treaty is Uganda.
    If you do some research – you will find: Uganda has many, many Christian Orphanages throughout the country that push, push, push adoption of the children in these NUMEROUS Christian Orphanages.
    In my opinion – this is concerning.

    I’d never spend my money on The Pearl’s books – but sadly; these people are influential and not in a good, positive way – and that’s simply my personal opinion.

  51. Jonathan,

    It’s not just secular news outlets such as Mother Jones that chastise the evangelical christian adoption movement.

    If you haven’t already, consider reading “Of Orphans and Adoption, Parents and the Poor, Exploitation and Rescue” by Dr. David Smolin, an international adoption expert. He is a Christian and professor of law at Cumberland Law School. Here is a link: http://works.bepress.com/david_smolin/10/

    I see that a reader suggested that you read Dr. Smolin’s writings earlier in this thread.

  52. Katie,

    Here is a link to the article: http://works.bepress.com/david_smolin/10/#sthash.Fn8h7rsN.dpuf

    Also below is a link to the adoption issue in the Journal of Christian Legal Thought, which Smolin was the guest editor of. His writings surround the same issues that are being discussed above. The issue also contains my own narrative and experience with the unseen side of adoption from a natural mother’s perspective. (page 23)
    http://issuu.com/clsnet/docs/cls_journal_spring-12?e=3406189/2618070

  53. I have been a reader of Above Rubies for years. I have also been outspokenly opposed to the particular child training method mentioned in the Mother Jones article, that of Michael and Debi Pearl in their book “To Train Up a Child.” Although you might never have been aware of these publication until recently they do hold considerable influence over a number of Christian homes that I know. The child rearing methods advocated by the Pearls are dangerous and unbiblical. I believe that it is vital for the Christian community to speak out condemning these abusive practices against children. Please inform yourselves of what the Pearls teach so that you can help other parents avoid their deception.

  54. I’d love to have a chat with Ms. Joyce. One of the things I’d like to ask her is: I totally believe how devastating it must be when a mother “gives away” her child, and how that is with them every minute. I’m curious how Ms. Joyce never seems to connect that, regardless of any secular views otherwise, it is the same with moms who abort babies. I wonder if she would be able to be objective about that. I also recently read her book on Patriarchy, and noticed the same trend there- to pick out the extreme, and lump others in the same category. If she met our family, she’d probably lump us with them, but I say, come to our house, live with us awhile, and see what we are actually like. I agree, this is quite selective journalism, not subjective.

  55. It seems there are two different stories. The atrocities happening in fundamentalist (often homeschooling) homes NEED to be exposed. If you go to any homeschool conference, you will hear of the Campbells (Allisons) and the Pearls. Their influence is strong and if it causes even one child to be beaten or harmed, we should be concerned. Are all adoptive families bad or ill-prepared? Of course not. But, she does shed light on some bad teaching and for that, I am thankful. I wish fellow evangelicals would do the same. The children caught in abuse may thank us. I am an adoptive mother and a Christian woman who homeschools. As I just heard of another child beaten into submission this week, I realized we need to start exposing this wrong authoritarian style.

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  58. Kenneth Barnett

    You lying, self inflated pieces of CRAP! Does Bethany use methods to unethically obtain children for adoption? You sure as hell do!!! How about assisting the kidnapping of my son??? How about knowing full well from the start that I wasn’t an active participant and would not consent to an adoption, yet used coercive and threatening tactics with my ex wife to get control of my son? How bout the fact that I was STILL THE LEGAL FATHER!!! How about the moment that DNA test showed me to be the father did you THEN try to walk away and avoid your responsibility to what your people had done. To try to run from a legal mess YOU created. Bethany is a joke! Claiming hypocritical christian and family beliefs when that is the farthest thing from the truth! You people disgust me! Hiding behind and using faith to mask what you truly are… CRIMINALS!! I know, we all know. … you’re too much of a bunch of cowards to post this

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  62. Robert Munyui Kamunyu

    Tithing was under and is under the law with a curse for Christians seeking salvation under the law, Galatians 3:3-13, Malachi 3:1-18. When pastors and priest quote Malachi 3:1-18, under the law IN OLD COVENANT , how many Christians line up to be served with food when tithes and offering under the law are given? Is the storehouse pastors’ and priests’ house or the Church? Saved Christians by grace IN NEW COVENANT , lead by the Holy Spirit are ministers of the new testament born of love with exceeding glory which surpassed the glory that was in law in Moses and we have been redeemed from the curse of the law to adoptions of sons and are not under the law, Galatians 5:1, Galatians4:4-5,2 Corinthians 3:1-18 . Salvation under the law one attains it at last breath on earth having done all that pertains to the law which is hard for one to accomplish. Even the tithe which was given by Abraham was under the law of sin and death from the fall of Adam and Eve. Those who cheat would like to deceive Christians that tithe was before the law but before which law. When Christ was born He was given gifts and not tithes Mathew 2:11-12. Salvation under spiritual law of love by grace is freely given and attained, Ephesians 2:4 -9, Ephesians 2:13 -20. Under Leviticus priesthood tithes were given for the tribe of Levi and tithe of tithe to the high Priest for they shared no land apart from the walled towns they were allocated to stay in for their continuous sacrifice to God, Numbers 18:20 -29.Widows, strangers ,fatherless and orphans benefited from tithes and offerings given to Levites, Deuteronomy 14:22-29. In Christianity widows were asked to be catered by close brethren to ease burden to the Church. There were also tithes of different kinds in Israel. There was also a tithe where a family had to eat all before the Lord, Deutreronomy12:6-7. In Christ Jesus we are saved by grace to adoptions of sons and not by works of law ,Galatians 3:8-13,Acts13: 38-39, Galatians 4: 4-5, Galatians2:16-21, Galatians 5:18. Sons have direct access to the Father and common inheritance from the father. For servants ( Pastors and Priest) are servants of God worthy all respects and due help. In NEW TESTAMENT two priesthood are compared Hebrew7: 7-28, Hebrew8:6 -13, Hebrew 9:6-9, Hebrew 10:8-23. Leviticus priesthood under the law with tithes, death, discontinuity and its acceptance under glory of law done away in Christ and the holy priesthood of Christ without tithes, death and discontinuity with exceeding glory under which Christians are in salvation being a Holy nation and loyal Priests to preach to the world GOD being their Father in new covenant ministry, 2 Corinthians2:1-13, 2Peter 2:5-9. The priesthood was changed from the old covenant( Leviticus Priesthood) to the new covenant (Loyal Priesthood in Christ without tithes allocations) and the law governing it was changed. Pastors and Priests who revive the Leviticus priesthood removed by Christ and merge it to the Loyal priesthood of Christ do so for personal gains in mass cheating for selfish self tithes allocations. Leviticus priesthood under law remained hostile to the Ministry of Christ and His disciples who suffered in their hands even after Christ death. Levite priests beat and wanted to kill all disciples of Christ whom they told not to preach in His name. Acts 5:17-42. What pastors are not telling the Church is the reason Christ had in choosing the twelve disciples ( under new covenant in Grace ) and opted not to use the Levite Priests ( in old covenant under law) that were well established and placed had they to be chosen preach to the world. LET PASTORS AND PRIEST PURGE THEIR HEARTS AND SPEAK THE TRUTH ON TITHES. CHRIST IS THE END OF THE LAW IN OLD COVENANT.
    IN THE NEW COVENANT JESUS CHRIST DID NOT ALLOCATE TITHES TO ANY PERSON SINCE THERE WERE NO TITHES TO ALLOCATE. SAVED CHRISTIANS ARE LOYAL PRIESTS .Pastors and priests in the new covenant are not Levite Priests .Christ is from the tribe of Juda without priesthood and He did not send the Levites Priests to preach to the world. Christ is the end of the law of sin and death which was against us having crucified it on the cross of Calvary Roman 10:1-4, Roman8:1-2,Roman 6:13-14 . Christ came to accomplish all the requirements of the law under old covenant which had almost internal ministries for the house of Israel and became the Lord of the law for our redemption from the law under the new covenant opened to all mankind. Beside the death of the two sinners, in CHRIST JESUS accomplished two deaths . Christ crucified on the Cross the law of sin and death which was against us. Christ then removed the first covenant and established the better Second Covenant mediated BY Him upon established better promises with external ministries to the world. All Apostles of Christ never asked for tithes or first born redemption money. Even Judas never asked for tithes. Christ Himself never asked for tithes. Christ warned on doctrinal falsehood when some shall teach for doctrines commandments of men Matthew 15:5-9. Pastor and priest who demand tithes base their teachings on the old covenant removed by Christ Jesus .Paul warned of spiritual carnage among believers Acts20:27-.35. In new testament comments are made on tithing under law which some want to use to justify tithing. Our Christian faith is founded on foundation of apostles, prophets, JESUS CHRIST Himself being the Apostle and Corner Stone of our faith,Hebrew3:1. Leviticus priesthood under the law is totally left out. In the same Spirit Paul referred law as was our and not law is our school master. To justify oneself us paying tithes under the law one has to give tithes to all saved Christians in the Church for we are loyal priests in Christ Jesus presenting our bodies as living sacrifice. But God does not have pleasure for Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings for sin neither had pleasure therein, which are offered under the law. Hebrew10:8. Pastors and priests have done away with offering ,sacrifices and burnt offerings for sins under the law and have been left comfortably with offering offered under law cunningly concealed in good words and fair deceptive eloquent speeches. Romans 16:17-19 .Today pastors and priest teach Christians why they do not sacrifice for their sins and ignore why they should not tithe. It is a ploy game in their hands. In twist of events in a smart way to fortify their claim on tithes they preach tithes are for enabling them in preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world thus allocating to themselves the great commission as a cover up. The great commission in the hands of all brethren. This is the grand self allocation on tithes .The clear cuts that there are no tithes and redemption money for first born children is ignored. Is tithe un allocation to the preaching of the Gospel of Christ to the world in the new covenant? But is it the reality on the ground? Where and when did the disciples of Christ used tithes to spread the Gospel of Christ?
    A fountain cannot produce sweet and bitter water the same time. James 3:8-18. We Christian are saved by GRACE IN CHRIST LOVE(Spiritual Law) for we cannot be subjected to law of sin and death crucified and done away by Christ on cross of Calvary. We are subjected to spiritual law of life in Christ Jesus and ought to have the spiritual understanding of the Word of God in liberty without corrupting the Word of God. Roman 8:1-2, Colossians 1:9-10. As God has blessed us in common inheritance of the saints, we should give sacrificially as we have purposed in our hearts in liberty and in love, Galatians 5:1, 2Corinthians 9;6-7, Galatians 6:6-7, Hebrew6:6-12,Hebrew13:11-16. Christ taught spiritual giving to God and to our parents, Luke 6:8 ,Matthew15:5-9. Paul also taught the same .2Corinthians 9:6-14, Philippians 2:4-5. Aaron was given unto Moses, the Levite tribe was given unto Aaron, the eleven tribes of Israel were given unto Levite tribe to serve them but we Christians are purchased through the blood of Christ we are no man servants but servants of Christ 1Corinthians 7:21-2 , God is our father and our readily help in times of needs and not men. Numbers 3:9-15.
    Those under the law are under curse and the law kills 2Corinthians 3:6. Are they telling Christians curses under law are blessings for them or they have powers to remove curses when Christians tithe to them? They have directed Christians to deceptive ways of curses for their own benefits and not blessings. The bounty of terror of deceptive covetousness is professionally tactically presented as blessing based on salvation under yard stick of tithes. Many pastors have illegally allocated all tithes to themselves. Tithes were for specifics needs under old covenant for specific people help. Apostles of CHRIST did not use concealed deceptive covetousness to preach the Gospel .1Thessalonians2:3-6.We should renounce hidden things of dishonesty and not walk craftily handling the Word of God deceitfully 2Corithians 4:1-2. The body of CHRIST has been subjected to doctrinal mess by Levite priests and Levite pastors. IT IS A PURE DOCTRINAL FALSEHOOD CULTIVATED IN UNMATCHED PERSONAL ZEAL BY PASTORS IN LEADERSHIP FOR PERSONAL INTERESTS AND GAINS WHO UNDERSTAND UNIVERSALLY ON TITHES AND SALVATION AND FAIL TO APPRECIATE THE TIME OF LAW AND THE TIME OF GRACE. In willful deception by calling themselves the Levites of today who persecuted Christians and plunder Christians pockets today they are able to demand to be given tithes. Levites priests and elders never gave a helping hand to Christians. Christ did not leave His Church under Leviticus Priesthood. Leviticus Priesthood is forced on the throats of Christians by pastors for perfectly concealed selfish interests and gains. Do they want to tell us that Christ and Apostles of Christ forgot to ask for tithes. When we take the Word of God out of its content and contest ,we have contempt for the Word of God. He (GOD)who brought tithing under the old Covenant took it away in His(CHRIST) rights in the new Covenant.
    We can preach the Word of God quoting scriptures like the devil when he tested Jesus or quote the scriptures like CHRIST when He answered satan in time of need. Matthew 4:1-11 We can teach doctrine of men instead of doctrines of God. We can have a zeal of faith and establish our own righteousness not according righteousness of God in the knowledge of his Word. Roman 10:1-4. Pastors and priests calling themselves Levites of today have capitalized on low level Christian doctrinal knowledge teachings among Christians. Tithing contradict the doctrine of salvation. Mathew15:5-9. We can preach the Word of God making the Church a house of merchandise to make merchandise of Christians and those who do so whose God is their belly which made Adam and Eve to fail in their relationship with God .If the trade was not profitable to them then it would have come to an end but it is a lucrative profitable business based on arithmetic of numbers cunningly preserved with tactical appreciations to the body of Christ and spreading of the Gospel. Are elect Christians deceived out of their wits? Romans 16:17 -19 ,2 Peter 2:1-3, John 2:16, Philppians3:17-19. We can preach Christ out of envy, strife or of good will. Philippians 1:15-17,2Corinthians4:1-2. It is the body of Christ the Church which is sent to preach to the world also as individuals brethren bearing the burden to preach to the world as Apostles of Christ did. The responsibility has not been on shoulders of priests and pastors only. Brethren are the loyal priests and ambassadors of Christ and has committed unto us the word of reconciliation, 2 Corinthians :19-20. THERE WERE NO FENCE SITTINGS AND ARE NO FENCE SITTINGS IN THE NEW COVENANT MINISTRY MEDIATED BY OUR APOSTLE AND THE HIGH PRIEST OF OUR FAITH LORD JESUS CHRIST. Apostles labored with their hand to provide for preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We saved Christians are the Loyal Priests AND Ambassadors of Christ.2 Peter 2:1-9, 2 Corinthians5:14-20.
    Tithing is a hard topic to teach without spiritual understanding since we have many high profile elite preachers teaching on the same with books written of great hoped promises and condemnation on the same for those who do not tithe, Ephesians 5:6-7, 1Thessalonians 2:3-4. Some well educated elite Christians in deceptive manner do teaching on tithes which is warmly appreciated from the pulpit. They are the magnetizing force with alluring great hoped blessed promises of wealth based on tithes. When will it dawn on them that they teach doctrine of men a false doctrine on tithes for Christians saved by grace. Only when they uphold the truth and uplift Christ as they decease and Christians stop earthly social status adoration of human beings. Pharisees and the Scribes were most well educated and Jesus said woe unto them seven times for being stumbling blocks in faith. Mathew 23:9-39. We only need to rightly divide the Word of God and know whether we are Christians seeking salvation under the law or we are Christians saved by grace in Christ through the Spiritual law of love, Corinthians 1:12-16,2 Timothy 2:15 . We redeemed sons of God who are made Kings and priests unto God have a common inheritance in Christ Jesus, Galatians 4:4-5, Colssians1:9-14 ,1Corinthians 2:12-16. Revelation 1;4-6 .Let well educated brethren teach the Word of God the same way as learned Doctor Luke and Br. Paul did for spiritual growth of the body of Christ. We are called spiritual sons of God after salvation not before in fallen state and who are enabled to do the righteousness that was in the law but we are not under the law. The same priests and pastors wreck the spiritual scriptures when they teach fallen Angles are called sons of God who married daughters of men giving offspring of giants , Genesis 6:1-8. God says he has never called any angles his son, Hebrew 1:4-5.When were fallen angles redeemed and sanctified to be called sons? The ownership of increased daughters is unto men before being referred to as sons of God and the lust to polygamous marriage was with men. Are beautiful daughters born today for men? Shall we have another episode of fallen angles marrying daughters of men before the close of age? Many have taught the Word of God outside Biblical doctrines so many are deceived in their teaching and preaching which condemn God as unjust since no judgment is passed to angles they refer to as sons of God. When men dropped further from grace when they practiced polygamous marriage and their life span was reduced to one hundred and twenty years , no judgment is passed to purposed angles they teach us sons of God. The sons of God were men who had done reconciliation to God the same way Abel had done and was accepted by God. The judgment is specifically to mankind and giants born in sin of polygamous marriage do not qualify the sons of God to be angles. Angles are ministering spirits with no reproductive empowerment, Matthew 22:29-32, Hebrew 1:14-14.
    Our relationship to God our Father is in love in our loyal priesthood to the world. Roman 8:14-17. Only those who are not sincere mix teaching under carnal law and spiritual teaching enlightenment under spiritual law . The devil uses the nobles, evil and false witness to do his will according to circumstances, Acts 13;50-51 Acts 6: 9-14. Christians must remain wise and not be cheated by devils workers transforming themselves as angles of light which corrupt the Word of God, 2Corinthians2:17, 2Corinthians11: 13-15. Levites Pastor, Priests and some Christians misquote Jesus Christ on judgment. Judge not that you may be not judged . Matthew7:1-5. They say God prohibit judgment which is not true since it is based on taking the scripture out of content and contest on understanding Jesus statement. It has given them a highway of teaching lies without being questioned. They have separated themselves from the body of Christ to ideal entity who cannot be censured. Shall you close your eyes to evils committed that they may not judge you. Do you buy yourself freedom from being judged for not condemning evil or commenting on anything positive or negative. The preaching of the Word of God is based on judgment on sins and righteousness . God requires from us righteous judgment in wisdom and in love which condemn sins which leads man to repentant of sins and redemption. The Word of God in its content and contest states judgment on sins and righteousness. All living beings and organic life are in constant judgment for existent. If we can stop all processes of judgments life will come to a standstill and ultimate death with final judgment of decay. Life and all creation were established in good judgment by God and close of age shall end in judgment to eternal life or eternal death which is eternal life of suffering and separation from God. Genesis 1:1-31, Genesis 2:1-25. Even our bodies judge us out of energy and we hunger for food and thirst for water. All witty discoveries are results of acknowledgment of positive judgments on active well coordinated principals. Christians are encouraged to solve cases in judgment among themselves. 1Corinthians 6:1-7,The Bible encourage us that our love may abound yet more in knowledge and in all Judgment and we judge ourselves dead in Christ, 2 Corinthians5:14 ,Philippians 1:9-12. Life is in active constant judgments and the creation mourns for final judgment which it shall be subjected by God. We relate in evaluation to all things in judgment. What we known and do not know is based on judgment. What we believe right or wrong is based on judgment. Irrespective of any judgment delivered on us we should delivers the Heavenly Kingdom judgment to sins . We saved Christians are counted and judged worthy to suffer tribulations together with Christ when we live Christian life in love ,Revelation Chapter1,2 and3. We thus judge ourselves dead in Christ.
    There are may be those who preach tithing to saved Christians for lack of spiritual understanding. We should girdle up the loins of our minds as the knowledgeable wise sharers of the Word of God . 1Peter :13-15.Roman 10:1-4. We shall be off the hook of being cornered, soothed and been cheated on doctrinal issue in Christianity. God bless us in abundant grace of spiritual revelation and spiritual understanding of His Holy Word, Colssians1:9-14, Ephesians 5:6 -7,1Thessalonians 2:3-6, 2Timothy2:15, 2Timothy 2:24-26 . Amen
    I am happy and blessed to interact with you on spiritual teachings. Hope we shall search more scriptures for our spiritual growth . Yearning to receive your input on the topic .God bless you.
    The message is freely given
    purely to the body of JESUS CHRIST worldwide.
    By Br. Robert Munyui Kamunyu

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    Robert Munyui Kamunyu

    Tithing was under and is under the law with a curse for Christians seeking salvation under the law, Galatians 3:3-13, Malachi 3:1-18. When pastors and priest quote Malachi 3:1-18, under the law IN OLD COVENANT , how many Christians line up to be served with food when tithes and offering under the law are given? Is the storehouse pastors’ and priests’ house or the Church? Saved Christians by grace IN NEW COVENANT , lead by the Holy Spirit are ministers of the new testament born of love with exceeding glory which surpassed the glory that was in law in Moses and we have been redeemed from the curse of the law to adoptions of sons in Royal Priesthood ( Pastors ,Priest and Bishops who are servants of God cannot subject sons of God in Royal Priesthood to tithe taxes- absolute illegal) and are not under the law, Galatians 5:1, Galatians4:4-5,2 Corinthians 3:1-18 . Salvation under the law one attains it at last breath on earth having done all that pertains to the law which is hard for one to accomplish. Even the tithe which was given by Abraham was under the law of sin and death from the fall of Adam and Eve. Those who cheat would like to deceive Christians that tithe was before the law but before which law. When Christ was born He was given gifts and not tithes Mathew 2:11-12. Salvation under spiritual law of love by grace is freely given and attained with free miracles from God our Father, Ephesians 2:4 -9, Ephesians 2:13 -20. Under Leviticus priesthood tithes were given for the tribe of Levi and tithe of tithe to the high Priest for they shared no land apart from the walled towns they were allocated to stay in for their continuous sacrifice to God, Numbers 18:20 -29.Widows, strangers ,fatherless and orphans benefited from tithes and offerings given to Levites, Deuteronomy 14:22-29. In Christianity widows were asked to be catered by close brethren to ease burden to the Church. There were also tithes of different kinds in Israel. There was also a tithe where a family had to eat all before the Lord, Deutreronomy12:6-7. In Christ Jesus we are saved by grace to adoptions of sons in Royal Priesthood of Christ and not by works of law ,Galatians 3:8-13,Acts13: 38-39, Galatians 4: 4-5, Galatians2:16-21, Galatians 5:18. Sons have direct access to the Father and free common inheritance not bought or worked for from the father. For servants ( Pastors and Priest) are servants of God worthy all respects and due help . NEW TESTAMENT two priesthood are compared Hebrew7: 7-28, Hebrew8:6 -13, Hebrew 9:6-9, Hebrew 10:8-23. Leviticus priesthood under the law with tithes, death, discontinuity and its acceptance under glory of law without the great commission was done away in Christ and the holy priesthood of Christ without tithes, death and discontinuity with exceeding glory under which Christians are in salvation being a Holy nation and Loyal Priests to preach to the world GOD being their Father in new covenant ministry. Tithing weakens the Royal Priesthood of Christians in Christ where Christians are supposed to give themselves as living sacrifice in mission fields. The Christians Royal Priesthood in Christ Jesus is internally weekend from within ,fought and economically drained mostly for indoors ministries under revival of Leviticus priesthood by pastors. The Royal Priesthood is internally spiritually emaciated and trodden upon.2 Corinthians2:1-13, 2Peter 2:5-9. Priesthood involves sacrifices. The priesthood was changed from the old covenant( Leviticus Priesthood) to the new covenant (Loyal Priesthood of labor in Christ without tithes allocations which is not appreciated) and the law governing it was changed. Jesus Christ told Peter look after his lambs and later to look after His sheep ( service) in clear shift from Leviticus priesthood John 21:15-17. Under Leviticus priesthood un animal for sacrifice was alive between the alter of sacrifice and the Levite priest holding the sacrificial knife. Sheep remained alive for a period of time only when they were delivered many animals for sacrifice and the alter could not hold them all for sacrifice .We are dead to sin and alive in Christ who live in us being a living sacrifice to God. Levite Pastors and Priest are comfortable with brethren who live like dead sacrifice. Levite priests were to labor to sacrifice and not tendering the flocks. Pastors and Priests who revive the Leviticus priesthood removed by Christ and merge it to the Loyal priesthood of Christ do so for personal gains in mass cheating for self tithes allocations. Leviticus priesthood under law remained hostile to the Ministry of Christ and His disciples who suffered in their hands even after Christ death. Levite priests beat and wanted to kill all disciples of Christ whom they told not to preach in His name. Acts 5:17-42. What pastors are not telling the Church (the bride/sons/ children) is the reason Christ had in choosing the twelve disciples ( under new covenant in Grace ) and opted not to use the Levite Priests ( in old covenant under law) that were well established and placed had they to be chosen preach to the world. LET PASTORS , BISHOPS AND PRIESTS HONESTLY PURGE THEIR HEARTS AND SPEAK THE TRUTH ON TITHES. CHRIST IS THE END OF THE LAW IN THE OLD COVENANT. The intrigue of doctrinal falsehood on tithes smartly engineered and flamboyantly taught by them worldwide cannot be justified or be cleansed by their religious social status. Let Bishops ,Pastors, Priests and Church Elders handle the Church of Christ within Christians doctrines established by Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Apostles in the mission field vision. CHRISTIANS MUST FACE AND ADDRESS THE MASS SWEEPING AND SOOTHING FALSEHOOD TAUGHT BY SOME WELL EDUCATED ELITE CHRISTIANS ABOUT TITHES IN A SOBER SPIRITUAL REALITY FACE OUT . The Royal Priesthood in grace is quite different from Leviticus Priesthood under law. Leviticus Priesthood in the old covenant belonged to the Levite tribe among the eleven tribes in Israel but the Royal Priesthood in the new covenant under oppression and suppression belongs to all brethren in the world in Christ Jesus ( the body of Christ) who are commissioned to preach to the world. The Royal Priesthood is well placed to reach the world effectively at close quarters in Christ love. It is quite unfortunate that Christians unknowingly are victims of systematic unmarked professional intellectual falsehood commercialization cover up in tithes teaching by learned Christians brethren. But Christians have been warned not to be fools Ephesians 5:15-16. Tithing impoverish the Royal Priesthood of Christ which make the Great commission less effective. When all saved Christians are in Royal Priesthood, to whom do you tithe to in the new covenant?
    A fountain cannot produce sweet and bitter water the same time. James 3:8-18. We Christian are saved by GRACE IN CHRIST LOVE(Spiritual Law) for we cannot be subjected to law of sin and death crucified and done away by Christ on cross of Calvary. We are subjected to spiritual law of life in Christ Jesus and ought to have the spiritual understanding of the Word of God in liberty without corrupting the Word of God. Roman 8:1-2, Colossians 1:9-10. As God has blessed us in common inheritance of the saints, we should give sacrificially as we have purposed in our hearts in liberty and in love, Galatians 5:1, 2Corinthians 9;6-7, Galatians 6:6-7, Hebrew6:6-12,Hebrew13:11-16. Christ taught spiritual giving to God and to our parents, Luke 6:8 ,Matthew15:5-9. Paul also taught the same .2Corinthians 9:6-14, Philippians 2:4-5. Aaron was given unto Moses, the Levite tribe was given unto Aaron, the eleven tribes of Israel were given unto Levite tribe to serve them but we Christians are purchased through the blood of Christ we are no man servants but servants of Christ 1Corinthians 7:21-2 , God is our father and our readily help in times of needs and not men. Numbers 3:9-15. No servant can hinder children access to the Father and His blessed inheritance.
    Those under the law are under curse and the law kills 2Corinthians 3:6. Those lead by the Spirit are not under law and curses. Galatians 5:18.Are they telling Christians curses under law are blessings for them or they have powers to remove curses when Christians tithe to them? They have directed Christians to deceptive ways of curses for their own benefits and not blessings. The bounty of terror of deceptive covetousness is professionally tactically presented as blessing based on salvation under yard stick of tithes. Many pastors have illegally allocated all tithes to themselves. Tithes were for specifics needs under old covenant for specific people help. Apostles of CHRIST did not use concealed deceptive covetousness to preach the Gospel .1Thessalonians2:3-6.We should renounce hidden things of dishonesty and not walk craftily handling the Word of God deceitfully 2Corithians 4:1-2. The body of CHRIST has been subjected to doctrinal mess by Levite priests and Levite pastors. TITHE IS A PURE DOCTRINAL FALSEHOOD FOR CHRISTIANS CULTIVATED IN UNMATCHED PERSONAL CONCEALED ZEAL BY PASTORS IN LEADERSHIP FOR PERSONAL INTERESTS AND GAINS WHO UNDERSTAND UNIVERSALLY ON TITHES AND SALVATION AND FAIL TO APPRECIATE THE TIME OF LAW AND THE TIME OF GRACE. In willful deception by calling themselves the Levites of today who persecuted Christians and plunder Christians pockets today they are able to demand to be given tithes. Levites priests and elders never gave a helping hand to Christians. Christ did not leave His Church under Leviticus Priesthood. Leviticus Priesthood is forced on the throats of Christians by pastors for perfectly concealed selfish interests and gains. Do they want to tell us that Christ and Apostles of Christ forgot to ask for tithes during the formative Christian Ministry stage. When we take the Word of God out of its content and contest ,we have contempt for the Word of God. He (GOD)who brought tithing under the old Covenant took it away in His(CHRIST) own rights in the new Covenant.
    We can preach the Word of God quoting scriptures like the devil when he tested Jesus or quote the scriptures like CHRIST when He answered satan in time of need. Matthew 4:1-11 . Jesus Christ taught men can teach commandments of men for doctrines. Mathew15:5-9. This addressed falsehood which can come from those in authority in Church ( bishops, pastors, priest and elders) leadership. We can have a zeal of faith and commitment to establish our own righteousness not according to righteousness of God in the knowledge of his Word. Roman 10:1-4. Pastors and priests calling themselves Levites today have capitalized on low level Christian doctrinal knowledge teachings among Christians. Tithing contradict the doctrine of salvation and deprive the Christians in Loyal Priesthood in Christ Jesus the individual empowerment to do the Great Commission. When we are loyal Priests to whom do we tithe to? Is it not even if it were in Natural world for servants to tithe to Loyal Priests? Pastors Priest and Bishops are also in the Loyal Priesthood of Jesus Christ all of us being sons and servants composing the body of Christ unless they exclude themselves. The underlying mystery is to deliver the Church of Christ in concealed form to Leviticus Priesthood for Priests ,Pastor and Bishops to enable them get tithes. Mathew15:5-9. We can preach the Word of God making the Church a house of merchandise to make merchandise of Christians and those who do so whose God is their belly which made Adam and Eve to fail in their relationship with God .It is a lucrative profitable business based on arithmetic of numbers cunningly preserved with tactical appreciations to the body of Christ and spreading of the Gospel. Are elect Christians deceived out of their wits? Romans 16:17 -19 ,2 Peter 2:1-3, John 2:16, Philppians3:17-19. We can preach Christ out of envy, strife or of good will. Philippians 1:15-17,2Corinthians4:1-2. It is the body of Christ the Church which is sent to preach to the world also as individuals brethren bearing the burden to preach to the world as Apostles of Christ did. The responsibility has not been on shoulders of priests and pastors only. Brethren are the loyal priests and ambassadors of Christ and has committed unto us the word of reconciliation, 2 Corinthians :19-20. THERE WERE NO FENCE SITTINGS AND ARE NO FENCE SITTINGS IN THE NEW COVENANT MINISTRY MEDIATED BY OUR APOSTLE AND THE HIGH PRIEST OF OUR FAITH LORD JESUS CHRIST. Apostles labored with their hand to provide for preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Christians offerings they received were not tithes. We saved Christians are the Loyal Priests AND Ambassadors of Christ.2 Peter 2:1-9, 2 Corinthians5:14-20.
    Tithing is a hard topic to teach without spiritual understanding since we have many high profile elite preachers teaching on the same with books written of great hoped promises and condemnation on the same for those who do not tithe, Ephesians 5:6-7, 1Thessalonians 2:3-4. Some well educated elite Christians are involved in deceptive teaching on tithes which is warmly appreciated from the pulpit. They are the magnetizing force with alluring great hoped blessed promises of wealth based on tithes. When will it dawn on them that they teach doctrine of men a false doctrine on tithes for Christians saved by grace. Only when they uphold the truth and uplift Christ as they decrease and Christians stop earthly social status cult adoration in respect of human beings. Pharisees and the Scribes were most well educated and Jesus said woe unto them seven times for being stumbling blocks in faith. Mathew 23:9-39. We only need to rightly divide the Word of God and know whether we are Christians seeking salvation under the law or we are Christians saved by grace in Christ through the Spiritual law of love, Corinthians 1:12-16,2 Timothy 2:15 . We redeemed sons of God who are made Kings and priests unto God have a common inheritance in Christ Jesus, Galatians 4:4-5, Colssians1:9-14 ,1Corinthians 2:12-16. Revelation 1;4-6 .Let well educated brethren teach the Word of God the same way as learned Doctor Luke and Br. Paul did for spiritual growth of the body of Christ. Let well educated Christians stand for justice like Dr . Gamaliel who was a doctor of law who in his response rescued the apostles from eminent death in the hands of Levite priests. We are called spiritual sons of God after salvation not before in fallen state and who are enabled to do the righteousness that was in the law but we are not under the law. The same priests and pastors wreck the spiritual scriptures when they teach fallen Angles are called sons of God who married daughters of men giving offspring of giants , Genesis 6:1-8. God says he has never called any angles his son, Hebrew 1:4-5.When were fallen angles redeemed and sanctified to be called sons? The ownership of increased daughters is unto men before being referred to as sons of God and the lust to polygamous marriage was with men. Are beautiful daughters born today for men? Shall we have another episode of fallen angles marrying daughters of men before the close of age? Many have taught the Word of God outside Biblical doctrines so many are deceived in their teaching and preaching which condemn God as unjust since no judgment is passed to angles they refer to as sons of God. When men dropped further from grace when they practiced polygamous marriage and their life span was reduced to one hundred and twenty years , no judgment is passed to purposed angles they teach us sons of God. The sons of God were men who had done reconciliation to God the same way Abel had done and was accepted by God. The judgment is specifically to mankind and giants born in sin of polygamous marriage do not qualify the sons of God to be angles. Angles are ministering spirits with no reproductive empowerment, Matthew 22:29-32, Hebrew 1:14-14.
    Our relationship to God our Father is in love in our loyal priesthood to the world. Roman 8:14-17. Only those who are not sincere mix teaching under carnal law and spiritual teaching enlightenment under spiritual law. When we study the old covenant it should help us get rooted deeply in the new covenant. The devil uses the nobles, evil and false witness to do his will according to circumstances, Acts 13;50-51 Acts 6: 9-14. Christians must remain wise and not be cheated by devils workers transforming themselves as angles of light which corrupt the Word of God, 2Corinthians2:17, 2Corinthians11: 13-15. Levites Pastor, Priests and some Christians misquote Jesus Christ on judgment. Judge not that you may be not judged . Matthew7:1-5. They say God prohibit judgment which is not true since it is based on taking the scripture out of content and contest on understanding Jesus statement. It has given them a highway of teaching lies without being questioned. They have separated themselves from the body of Christ to ideal entity who cannot be censured. Shall you close your eyes to evils committed that they may not judge you. Do you buy yourself freedom from being judged for not condemning evil or commenting on anything positive or negative. The preaching of the Word of God is based on judgment on sins and righteousness . God requires from us righteous judgment in wisdom and in love which condemn sins which leads man to repentant of sins and redemption. The Word of God in its content and contest states judgment on sins and righteousness. All living beings and organic life are in constant judgment for existent. If we can stop all processes of judgments life will come to a standstill and ultimate death with final judgment of decay. Life and all creation were established in good judgment by God and close of age shall end in judgment to eternal life or eternal death which is eternal life of suffering and separation from God. Genesis 1:1-31, Genesis 2:1-25. Even our bodies judge us out of energy and we hunger for food and thirst for water. All witty discoveries are results of acknowledgment of positive judgments on active well coordinated principals. Christians are encouraged to solve cases in judgment among themselves. 1Corinthians 6:1-7,The Bible encourage us that our love may abound yet more in knowledge and in all Judgment and we judge ourselves dead in Christ, 2 Corinthians5:14 ,Philippians 1:9-12. Life is in active constant judgments and the creation mourns for final judgment which it shall be subjected by God. We relate in evaluation to all things in judgment. What we known and do not know is based on judgment. What we believe right or wrong is based on judgment. Irrespective of any judgment delivered on us we should delivers the Heavenly Kingdom judgment to sins . We saved Christians are counted and judged worthy to suffer tribulations together with Christ when we live Christian life in love ,Revelation Chapter1,2 and3. We thus judge ourselves dead in Christ.
    There are may be those who preach tithing to saved Christians for lack of spiritual understanding. We should girdle up the loins of our minds as the knowledgeable wise sharers of the Word of God . 1Peter :13-15.Roman 10:1-4. We shall be off the hook of being soothed ,cornered, and been cheated on doctrinal issue in Christianity. God bless us in abundant grace of spiritual revelation and spiritual understanding of His Holy Word, Colssians1:9-14, Ephesians 5:6 -7,1Thessalonians 2:3-6, 2Timothy2:15, 2Timothy 2:24-26 . Amen
    I am happy and blessed to interact with you on spiritual teachings. Hope we shall search more scriptures for our spiritual growth . Yearning to receive your input on the topic .God bless you.
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    purely to the body of JESUS CHRIST worldwide.
    By Br. Robert Munyui Kamunyu

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    FGM PROSTITUTION ON WOMANHOOD BY PARENTS- THE BUTCHERS OF WOMANHOOD ( THE COVENANT OF THE FLESH).
    When God told Abraham to sign the covenant of the flesh, he circumcised all the male children and he was circumcised. The message was direct and in plain language. GENESIS 17: 1-27. The agreement was strategically initiated and the male child grew beholding daily his agreement with God at every call of nature throughout his married life.. The covenant of the flesh for a man is with ease to behold with no ill feelings or regrets without medication required afterwards in life. When God told Moses that the Children of Israel shall not circumcise their girls, the message was given in a spiritual language and bore two warnings. The Israelis parents shall not sexually mutilate their daughters and fathers were commanded not have carnal knowledge (incest) of their daughters making them prostitutes. Fgm prostitution is a satanic sacrifice for a woman, of secrecy with miseries and constrains of disgrace to behold accompanied by many cases of traumatic child delivery requiring medication. There is no fold of a fore skin in a sexual organ of a woman to cut round that hides dirty stuffs that stinks. There is no part of her sexual organ that rots as she grows old from childhood. There are blunt lies of those women anointed by satan to propagate fgm when they claim women that are not cut stinks. Homes ,cities and countries where fgm is not practiced would have been stinking hell if their claim is true which would have been an open truth known by all. The devil is the father of lies and his accomplished the same. Fgm is the most horrible heart breaking satanic sacrifice in parenthood accepted and appreciated by many communities. They have given fgm prostitution a satanic religious positive face value with wholesome none existent cleanliness which is mockery to wisdom and Word of truth. Today those who favor fgm feel their marriages are under attack and endangered with the unfolding truth on falsified physical and spiritual beneficial issues acclaimed in fgm. All they have is to tell epic of lies to keep their husbands mentally caged in culture and remain relevant to their husbands. .
    Let men love those ladies who have under gone the awful unkind cut in Christ’s Love that bonds on love Let those ladies not condemn themselves . Let them abound in liberty that is in Christ and enjoy full life and do away with satanic barbaric fgm for their daughters. The devil has his own even among the smart elites in every society that will justify evils under all costs. Fgm is a demonic act associated with the existent of parenthood and the devil who has given it a religious backing a cover up of deception acceptance. There are women who have undergone fgm and they hold and tell the bear truth on issues based on fgm. May God Almighty shower them with blessings of fortitude of grace to forbear the deprivations done in fgm. In fgm prostitution persecution parents are engaged in a clear active respectable satanic open sacrifice. They indulge themselves in orgy of mutilating the very womanhood of their own girl child for none existing morality for God. Fgm is the satanic strategic morality sacrifice hidden tragically and endorsed by many parents across all social status around the world. Parents have their own zeal of faith in fgm and have established their own righteousness not according to righteousness of God in the knowledge of his Word. Roman 10:1-4. Parents spearhead the immoral act in fgm which is a covenant of flesh and blood with satan for society morality. Many fathers are bonded and bound by it and sink to abyss of solemn silence even when children and youth raise a protest the battle of minds against fgm. Satan has for generations perfectly cushioned fgm in many families parenthood which is un institution of tender care and love as the acceptable way of life. It is the time Satan tragically prevails in honor in parenthood. Fgm is the parental dear paradox regarding girls chastity. On fgm sin enslavement , fathers play the pivot role in sexually crippling their daughters behind the scene having been entangled and snared by Satan as it were with Eve and Adam in garden of Aden. There are parents comfortably settled down on mutilating their young girls for community social acceptance and honor at families managed alter of satan. This defeats any iota of holy love and care for the girl child under fgm, bawling for mercy when heaped on her shoulders empty promises bearing the burden of the family and the society morality placed on her very womanhood In fgm operation . In fgm operation, parents are heartless and lack ornaments of a holly heart. Fgm defines parents in demonic world of culture gripped by satan but not in God. They are faithful dependable apostles and ministers of satan bound in perpetuating fgm with willing evil hands . Parents and close relatives continuously taunt young girls on their uncut status which is a state of social mental torture for some hard to bear. Finally some face the martyrdom of womanhood in fgm for demonic cultural purity cleansing acceptance . To them, immorality is put to an end. The devil’s strike on womanhood is immortalized in a cultural religious ceremony given a cover up of wholesome acceptance by elders present us custodian pillars of demonic culture sexual slavery. Love cannot fathom the era of zeal outburst in fgm prostitution castration ordeal that ravage the garden of love and joy enhanced in agony of cultural honor by parents.
    Girls who face the evil cut become prostitutes on alter of satan sadly without their consent which pollutes the land. Magicians and witches in the world do not make girls prostitutes. But parents by subjecting girls to fgm make them prostitutes and are worse than them. Parents have soiled their hands in fgm honorary .Humanity has been subject to satanic celebrated sacrifice in fgm prostitution beyond imaginations in many families among generations. The evil cutting is done in honor of the dead. Leviticus 19:28-29. This type of prostitution cannot be cleansed in marriage life . She bought her prostitution with her flesh, bone and blood on alter of Satan while still In her flower age when facing all evil forces under her parental care. Unless she gets saved (call upon the blood of CHRIST to cleanse her.John3:16-18, Isaiah1:18) she shall go to her grave a prostitute. Thus there were no sexual mutilations among the Israelis women. The Girl child was bought up in divine order leaving the petals and stay of love intact for a beloved wise husband core co-benefits. She remained a garden fenced , a spring shut up and blessed in sealed divine state. A woman to man she is a garden and a fountain. The man plants a seed and a child grows in the womb and is born. The man quench his marital thirst with her in shared joy for woman is a keeper at home. A fountain with a cover has more flesh safe water than uncovered well. A fenced garden has a defense and is a safe comfort. Song of Solomon 5:1-2. Song of Solomon 4:12, Proverbs 5:18-19. The banner of love is at even state over the garden of love at Divine state when his hand lands at the garden of love to prop it up undisturbed in the great rift valley. Song of Solomon 2:2-3.
    Circumcision in man does not destroy his body integrity and his sexual ability remains intact. In Church of Christ, ever where parents force their daughters to face the evil cut, the parents having given the devil the first sacrifice should not be ashamed to remove the blanket of etiquette and prepare their daughters to play wives (incest) to their husbands to give the devil a complete sacrifice. Let mothers have the final honor and pride themselves in remaking the conception beds of their daughters and prepare their husbands to know their daughters and give satan a due complete sacrifice. It is not a greater evil than the first sacrifice. Fgm is an insult and assault to womanhood by parents. Let parents pride themselves in complete evils. The petals and stay of love are left strewn at alters of Satan. The sparkles of love cannot be rekindled. In natural world a door is provided for knocking before entry and an aerial is provided for effective communication so is the same for the girl child body by nature. Fgm prostitution is not done for the love of the girl child .This is misconception of love. There is no barbaric action done in love. Fgm prostitution is done when the sex organ of a girl child is viewed as a source of all immoralities and a center of all evils that engulf a community. It is done as a sacrificial satanic proactive cleansing of a society from immoralities. They view mutilated sex organ of a girl child as clean and holy thus up rifting it’s status to satanic reverence. Love does not seek its own benefits, 1Corinthians 13:1-13. Prostitutes made by parents in fgm prostitution are honored and encouraged . Us no man can miss the mouth even when eating in total darkness, so shall man falter in search of the marital coals removed in sexual mutilation how foolish he is. From the family parliament man becomes a slave of satan . Fgm prostitution keeps man out natural way of life in marriage .Song of Solomon 2:6-7. After fgm is done there are no boughs for man to hold since the woman was subjected to sexual excavation and torture of honor in fgm rampage by satan . Song of Solomon 7:1-8. Girls subjected to fgm is a reflection of man’s moral decay which leaves fgm atrocities flying back to his face. In fgm ceremonies parents authority is enhanced and preserved. Fgm remains the tested brutal cultural yard stick for girls sexual excavation in honor of morality preservation.
    Parents who perform the grand satanic sacrifice of fgm are sources of families instabilities and of great evils to the land. When their daughters face marital problems originating from their family parliaments, they offer themselves as prayer partners with their daughters before God interceding for stability and peace for their families. They do not count themselves as the cause of the marital problems affecting their daughters marriage life for breaking and dismantling the defense and the fences of the marriage courts in fgm. The grandmothers and aunts are in a more canning self defensive ,hypocritical deceptive state buying time for their daughter to bring up girls for them to storm unto them demanding sex mutilation as an exercise of honor. Paul told Timothy not to heed unholy stories from old women. 1Timothy4:7. In such deceptive manner unfortunately the cycle of demonic fgm prostitution repeats itself again. Do they ever learn anything destructive in fgm or they are spiritually blind folded as they abound more in vain prayers? When the wife at the family parliament loose esteemed value to her husband all that pertain to the family has no value to him and this is the widest wild gate for the man that leads to lack of burden of responsibility for the family that opens the highway of family destruction by the devil. Fgm lays social foundations for unstable marital lives. Parents are highly entrenched in prostitution with their girl child. When in demonic world parents say fgm prostitution makes a girl child clean but God says she defiled and made a prostitute. Fgm remains the annual mass overwhelming celebrated parental satanic human sacrifice for the mankind under cover of social morality ever witnessed. Ironically these parents are active in the Church who shoulder burdens for the church but with continuous unresolved marital problems a dilemma to the clergy. They are workers of Satan who have camouflaged as believers in the Church of Christ. How do they differ from magicians and witches? Fgm prostitution is the parental satanic sexual sacrifice , assault, insult and abuse of a girl child sexual integrity. They pollute the land in prostitution and the land becomes full of all evils. How can a father be obsessed with the sexual organ of his daughter as a bearer of holiness in the mutilated state? It is hypocritical for him to be in a place where GOD is worshiped. Why should parents be obsessed to place the family uprightness and the country holiness in the mutilated sex organ of their girl child? After fgm is done ,the girl child is highly esteemed and it is a demonic cover up of the plight of evils done. Where are the wise loving brothers to stand up without fear that will not feast and cerebrate when their dear sisters are sacrificed to satanic under world in fgm prostitution castration by their own parents?
    Fgm was authored in Egypt by Pharaoh as Satanic sacrifice to increase pain and wailing in child birth . The fleshy sexual coals are excavated leaving her frigid and rocky thus denying her for live time Divine marital gift which she requires in marriage for a lively marital relationship with her husband. How stupid a man may be, by instinct a man will falter in search of the fleshy coals removed in fgm thus leaving him at moral loose for unfulfilled marital gift achievement. The fleshy coals are provided for the benefits of their marriage life. 1Corithians7: 9. The fleshy coals help a woman in marriage to lock in emotionally with her husband in a cordial marital relationship. Some parents send their daughters far away to close relatives for retrogressive fgm as a cover up without the girl child knowledge of the adverse side effects on her body and spirit. Today, knowledgeable granddaughters are running away from grandparents and aunts since they hold the mutilating blades of tear and terror of horror for their bodies. Wise parents are shielding their daughters from them. Paul told Timothy not to listen to old women unholy stories. This they call breakdown of extended families ties which brethren in Christ are ready to uphold for their faith in God .The spiritual and physical integrity of their daughters remain intact. The shedding of the blood and flesh of their daughters in satanic sacrifice in fgm they cannot allow it us the uniting bonding force for the extended families unity. Their faith in Christ breaks the yoke of satan.
    It is quite evident parents are under blind cultural moral slavery siege and ready to sacrifice their daughters in Fgm at demonic alter of cultures for community social acceptance but they are an eye sore before God for performing this type of prostitution . Fgm is more of rottenness of morals for the as the head of the family. How would parents commit their daughters to Fgm so us someone can have food for the mouth calling it their trade of life? How could someone say it was done in honor of religion where God is mentioned and the clergy exist? How will girls ever be compensated after the evil trade of forced fgm is abandoned while their mutilated sexes organs remain and the wounded soul and spirit cry to God Almighty. Many parents are still stuck in wilderness of demonic cultures though in institutions of Godly worship. Even from time of old women can perform all types of evils counting on their husbands support. Israelis women in the Bible told Jeremiah the Prophet that the sacrifices they offered to queen of heaven they did so with the support and knowledge of their husbands. Jeremiah 44:15-22. Even today women who force their daughters to undergo fgm count on their husbands full support. They confirm their husbands are part of Satanic sacrifice performed on their daughters in fgm when they disregard Godly advice and truth concerning fgm. It is the time parental love and care are nonexistent as the girl child is raised on alter of Satan for sexual excavation in fgm thus dethroning her from her very womanhood with full parental honor and the pleas by young girls for justice fall to deaf ears. The coveted cultural benefits and rights in fgm are left with the parents as the girl child is merchandized at the altar of Satan leaving her empty handed bearing all adverse severe effects and defects in her body and spirit for the lest her life time. For how long will parents hold this form of prostitution dear to their bosom for earthly respect ,honor and social acceptance? Is it that before God our beloved parents are not aware they are in a cerebrate prostitution with their daughters in fgm or they are stiff necked? The earth is annually drenched with the innocent blood of young girls and the seed of terror of evils is planted and established by parents. Who will pull out parents stuck in the wilderness of demonic cultures with love and care? Fgm is in the bosoms of parents and the community at large. It all boils down to communities morals social rottenness. The battle fields of double faiths range in their hearts and they fail terribly to test faith in God. GOD is not a respecter of persons and you cannot modify evils committed by parents to less evils to look upright. No form of gm is acceptable before God. To think you can subject girls to less invasive form of fgm is spiritually not acceptable . Where Men circumcision involves removal of a fold of the fore skin, fgm involves massive dense muscles with high concentration of sensitive net work of nerves and soft bone which leaves a woman sexually crippled out phase with man. Her bone is left in the air to dry like dead wood. This is not circumcision. It is Sexual excavation. Circumcision involves cutting round a fore skin in man. Which man would ever leave part of his bone cut to dry in the air like dead wood? After Fgm is done ,there are no bows left for man to hold. Song of Solomon 7:8 .NO blood should be spilled in Fgm. Leviticus 19:28-29. God purposed a woman to enjoy sex in marriage life. No human being should play God to her life. Song of Solomon 2:2-5. Sexual joy is Divine given to her and parents have no rights in sexually crippling her cold in fgm. Do not give parents a soft landing ground in their evils adventures by making them acceptable knowledgeable social criminals. The youths of today face great moral social battles against fgm which is a must win goal since they are blessed and enlightened with abundant interactive active knowledge concerning ills of fgm. They must not allow themselves to be engulfed in a cocoon of hypocritical suffering rooted in demonic cultural sexual crime of fgm.
    In the Church of Christ, let fathers not exercise the dead terror of silence which have allowed satan to raid and rain terror on young girls in fgm. Let fathers stand up for the divine rights of their daughters in marriage. Parents owe their sons in laws lifetime gratitude for agreeing to marry their daughters whom they sexually assaulted, muted and sexually crippled. God has never asked parents to sexually cripple their daughters so as to remain virgins and holly. Is holiness attained by sexually crippling a girl child acceptable to God purposes for her live destiny entity? No! There is holiness that pertains to children of God. Fgm is direct mitigated assault and insult to her real womanhood. The sex organ of a girl child cannot be manipulated through sexual mutilations as a gate way for man to heaven. Parents owe their daughters a life time apology for their inhuman acts which robbed them their divine marital gifts. Parents who force their daughters to undergo Fgm exercise the most dignified unreserved beastly cultural atrocities on the girl child with man child at the receiving end as beneficially .Fgm remain the most horrible evil ever coveted by some parents with full support of some grandparents and aunts. Proverbs14:1-2. A foolish woman destroys her own house with her own hands. Let parents face the truth and know they have evil thoughts in demonic live style against their own girl child in fgm and they are terribly wrong .In the spirit world parents spy their daughters and are envious of their marital bed thus they raid the marriage court in fgm acts. They view their daughters us sexually wild and immoral children who have to be tamed to gain moral control standards over their own bodies assisted in fgm under the Knife. But who is weak? Men or women. Is the immorality one sided based on women among themselves only? Is the girl child sexually immorally wild to herself in her divine state? Who is fooling who? Is the sexual organ of a girls child the pillar of immorality and evils in any given society? Fgm is the cold unjust sacrifice involving blood ,flesh and bone to Satan which tie parents more to demonic world. Can men cut their penis heads to be near equal with women who have lost their clitoris in fgm? In Fgm, parents are a curse to a nation. In fgm parents craft and draw holiness for themselves and for the whole family together with the community from fgm thus they cleanse and protect themselves from immoralities in the blood of their daughters clothed in religious attires. The burden of family and the community holiness is pegged and delivered from the mutilated sex organ of a girl child. It is a demonic way of life. This pertain more to human satanic sacrifice and worship than many would like not to believe they are more submerged in demonic world. Parents have subjected their children to satanic slavery in fgm. Fgm was designed to permanently sexually disconnect a girl child from her very womanhood. The liberation straggle must start with the young men as the deciding factor in fgm eradication and abandonment. Fgm prostitution is done for them and on their behalves which is demonically wrong. Youths have to free themselves from cultural sexual slavery in fgm prostitution banqueted for them by old generation for their none existent spiritual and physical well being. In fgm prostitution parents are in satanic world together with witches and magicians turning the sexual organ of woman into un institution of satanic reverence.
    It is hypocritical and mockery for parents in Church of Christ to spend their early marriage live in double standards life to perpetuate FGM and live in their twilight years as devoted loving caring parents having soiled their hands with the blood of their daughters in a well intended time staged managed shedding of blood and flesh of their daughters in fgm in early marriage life as she wade through the jungle of life for demonic chastity sacrifice acceptance . Parents pride themselves in fgm for tearing down the defense and fences of the marriage court a sacrifice to Satan. They do not pride and delight themselves in God. But GOD can never be mocked. Some men force their daughters to undergo fgm under the mothers pressure and pleasure forgetting there are no curses for those in Christ Jesus. Galatians3:10-14, Proverb26:1-2. It is quite evident parents are under cultural moral slavery siege and ready to sacrifice their daughters in fgm at alter of demonic cultures for community social acceptance. Fgm is the historical prostitution and plunder of womanhood bound in cultural respect and honor. Evil committed by parents in fgm cannot be justified by existent of time done or by existent of once faith to do it. Fgm is cultural sexual slavery without love. Can a man kneel before God and support fgm. It is awkward to hear men say what is good for a woman and not say what God says is good for a woman and him. It seems some men want to craft a way of life from the sex organ of women for themselves in name of purity for God. When God told Moses that the Israelis fathers shall not subject their daughters to fgm in honor of the dead or have sex with them, He did not leave any form of fgm for a girl child. To suggest there can be mild form of FGM is not acceptable before God. Leviticus 19:28-29. FGM is the annual mass satanic sacrifice done honorably by parents. Once the blood of a girl child is shed in fgm the land is polluted and the country becomes full of all evils. Mothers are the accomplish with devils priests who mutilates the sex organs of young girls with full expressed active acknowledgment of fathers when sold to satan. When parents advance in age they present themselves as faithful model of faith full of prayers which is a mare mockery to devotional integrity of moral faith in God having well planned to accomplish honorary executed fgm for all of their daughters in early marriage life. Youth in unique spiritual flight must dislodge themselves from the yoke of fgm prostitution slavery offered honorary by parents in satanic sacrifice.
    How would parents commit their daughters to fgm so us someone can have food for the mouth calling it their trade of life? How could someone say it was done in honor of religion where God is mentioned and the clergy exist? How will ever be girls compensated who are forced to fgm in their flower age after abandoning the evil trade? Parents and the clergy should know that the mutilated injured defenseless girls remain and the wounded souls and spirit in anguish of their heart cry to Almighty God. Many parents are still stuck in wilderness of demonic cultures though in institutions of Godly worship. Who will pull out parents stuck in the wilderness of demonic cultures with love and care? FGM is in the bosoms of parents and the community at large. It all boils down to communities social rottenness. The battle fields of double faiths range in their hearts and they fail terribly to test of faith in God. Can parents be so cruel and evil minded to perform fgm in name of morality in GOD? Where is honesty and love in sobriety them . Fgm is a form of culturally appreciated prostitution on womanhood with respect , honor and rewards by parents with society support. Let us have fathers who can stand for God with their families when the lest rebel against God. Joshua 24:14-15 .
    The greatest force behind fgm are fathers and young men. It is heart breaking to hear women say if it were not of demands by fathers and young men behind the sin they will not do it. In fgm parents break the spiritual and physical integrity well being of their daughters. It is all known some men dare not speak against fgm for it propel them to social powers. The parents and the whole families supports are dear to them thus they endear and center themselves us champion of fgm as a cultural heritage. Their enthronements to social powers are fueled by blood and flesh of young girls thus weakening laws passed to ban fgm. The young girls fate hang out of balance since she cannot count on rescue even from her dear brothers. Her fate is sealed in dying hope by those who thirst and hunger for her flesh and blood for the injustice of the beloved parents is awful cruel. It is in the hour of need when a father turns a cold shoulder to his girl child and commit her to Satan in fgm prostitution persecution . The girl child lives with unresolved burning self reserved resentments against her parents but all they see is well to their eyes. The dark embarrassing day of losing her womanhood in fgm remains vivid to her mind. Parents will have their daughters physically but emotionally detached from them in their old age a dilemma and a surprise to them. Their silent heart acre of lack of mutual trust between their daughters will go down to their old age. A great social rift is emerging among the youths and old generation based on increased abundant interactive active knowledge on whole issues based on fgm with youth calling for social justice in ending fgm. Youths are on a race against time whether to subject their marriages to generations prostitution in fgm. Parents can socially lose their children in their old age with phenomenal of being neglected by their children becoming more apparent. Fgm condemns a girl child to a life time of sexual cultural slavery. This is the misery bestowed upon her by her own parents in honor of the dead which they hold dear to their hearts. Parents pride themselves in fgm prostitution since they receive their communities social recognitions and acceptance at a price of permanently sexually deforming their girls in fgm which they can view in a mirror. Parents are in Sodom of their own even in places of worship.
    Laws to ban FGM may not eliminate fgm since it can be done clinically at home. Parents require deliverance of their souls and spirit to God. In their liberated hearts they will not suffer any loose for abandoning fgm for their trust in God is paramount. God Himself told Moses that the Israelis fathers shall not subject their daughters to fgm in honor of the dead or have sex with them making them prostitutes. Leviticus 19:28-29. FGM is a Satanic sacrifice involving blood, soft bone and flesh and parents are more bonded to demonic world by sacrificing their girl child in fgm . The seed of evils is planted, watered and guarded by parents in joy. Let all Children of Abraham by faith face the full reality of the demands in their faith in God. God bless you all united against this demonic cultural practice called fgm, a hard nut to crack preserved and hidden in parenthood for acceptance. It is the time the promises in fgm die out and the demonic world open her gates wide for the girl child and closes her behind as she leaves the alter of Satan empty handed for the rest of her life time. Can the young men and girls muscle enough will power and do away with fgm prostitution forced down their lives by the old generation? Yes, they can since they are strong with an open clear mind. They have the divine provision of a happy marriage within their reach. Their marriage belong to them and not to their parents. Your obedience stays within the practices of Godly confined boundaries. God says you are strong and you can overcome the wicked one. 1 john2:14. We must hold the Word of God within its content and contest lest or we be found to have contempt for the Word of God.
    Fgm prostitution defeat any Godly purpose for it . Can any clergy support fgm prostitution ? Only those taught by apostles and ministers of Satan can support fgm prostitution . Fgm exercise the most Dignified unreserved beastly cultural atrocities subjected on womanhood which is the deadly yoke of Satan hidden in parenthood for demonic chastity acceptance. Corinthians11:13-15. NO FGM WITH GOD .When faithful Abraham the father of faith was commanded by God to be circumcised at99 years old with his son Ishmael at thirteen years old, he obeyed God. Sarah and Hagar were not circumcised or any girl child since there is no women circumcision with God. It was a clear instruction and Abraham obeyed Jehovah God instructions to the letter. GENESIS 17: 1-27. When will it dawn on parents that they are in demonic world together with magicians and witches in fgm? Parents only way out of this demonic trap is to reconcile back to God together with their daughters by asking for forgiveness and get saved. Since in fgm the girl child is sacrificed in historical generation to generation prostitution and plunder on womanhood bound in cultural respect and honor for the benefits of the man child concealed nonexistent benefits ,the man child ought to be brought in the front line to fights fgm empowered with wholesome active knowledge of all ills involved in fgm prostitution . The life time miseries the girl child goes through in fgm prostitution is not a gift to a man child. Parents must know they shall account before God on satanic sacrifice performed in fgm in the final judgment day.
    Fgm prostitution bleeds horrible sorrows and suffering for a woman in her life time. When the mind of the man child is redeemed from fgm prostitution acts and fathers break the dead terror of silence against the inherent morally disgusting and offensive fgm prostitution then it will be the natural death of fgm . Fgm prostitution has evaded men perspective of Divine Holiness in God. Men have subjected women to brutal evil discovered cultural slavery and sexual deprivation of marital joy in fgm as a precondition for love and marriage. Women are left desperate and defenselessly cornered by onslaught of fgm. Men should not enter into marriage in seeking vain glory of sexual competition with women which raise gain to fgm prostitution to make them sexual cripples for men to remain as champions on sexual relationship since it is a Divine given equal shared joy. Men should not take pleasure in sexually humiliating and hurting women in fgm prostitution persecution . This is a demonic and the most hypocritical selfish life style for a man on earth when his heart breeds absolute anarchy and evils for womanhood. Men should enter into marriage within Divine approved orders without selfish cultural sexual competition inclinations .
    Fgm prostitution is a satanic prime reward sacrifice more tied to man as the enforcer but he does not bear the physical scaring scars sufferings women go through silently with physiological scars and no Christian should apply it in life. Christian should eliminate FGM with ability given to us by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for in him there are no generation curses. Christians must redeem the time and not be foolish in daily life. The sex organ of a woman is not a battle field of faith for man in God. Men must purge social evils from their hearts, minds and not from the sexual organs of women in fgm operation ruins. Fgm was started by men and they must battle it to a dead end. It is a deeply rooted cultural battle field they can win overnight. It takes less than two hrs to teach men and women on Biblical perspective of fgm ills to bring it to a dead end. The survival of young girls from her fgm is in the hands of parents and men. Men must salvage girls from fgm in the hands culturally enslaved women. Their hands are washed with innocent blood of young girls sacrificed to satan in fgm. Fgm betrays and dwindle the full dignity of men in faith in God. Men have wrongly pegged their dignity in faith in God to the sex organ of a woman. A woman body in Divine state is a natural refresher for the man in trace of his Holy Creator. Men should appreciated they are delivered safely to the world from the womb and should never wage waves of wars of atrocities against womanhood. Men can break the cultural religious zeal in fgm for the dignity of the girl child. Fathers bear the absolute responsibilities in delivering girls to the platform of victory against fgm predicaments. When fathers say no to fgm ,young men are automatically on board against fgm. Fgm is the chronic moral disorder in a man bonded to satan in culture. Fgm was started by men as a tool of sexual depression in women in war of virgins waged by men who later brought it forward to women to propagate it in inherent zeal unknown before. Where is even the spiritual virginity of girls mutilated by men in martyrdom of womanhood? Legend has it that men were going for wars for a very long time against others communities and on return they found their beautiful young wives and girls were sexually molested and impregnated by the old men that were left behind . Sexual depression and deprivation were introduced in fgm as a tool of sexual suppression oppression. Can any wise God fearing parents subject their daughters to fgm to justify in a religious manner the sin of grandfathers for their historical generation sexual immorality dynasty pacification cover up? Fgm remains the grandfathers generation to generation curse and sexual social slavery to girls .Men must soberly disengage themselves honorary behind the scene for being the custodian pillars of sin of fgm making the sex organs of women as the moral battle fields of faith in God and call fgm the bygone unjust case of mayhem. Fgm foe must be purged from the battle field of minds and hearts of men in order of give girls social justice and enable women to overcome fgm. Youth must diligently determine the breaking and leveling of grandfathers generation curse in fgm grip to enable girls walk over it to freedom. This is the generation gigantic cultural crush win for youth to freedom from cultural sexual slavery. Man cannot seek Holy Almighty God in mirror of fgm castration. The sin of fgm castration is in the harbor of men and fathers hearts who hold firmly fgm as a stronghold for their source of morality and for women. The faith of man in God cannot be rooted and stayed in mutilated sex of a woman for him to remain holy in God. Fgm remains the worst religious dogma with elite religious support. This has given satan the upper arm in force religions. Man must stand on his two feet and seek his relationship with His Holly Creator not based on sin of having his hand on a firm grip in filth of butchering womanhood and melting away behind the scene.
    Come and be renewed at the throne of grace for Christ is full of love and mercy for your free sanctification and redemption. The cradle of hope in Christ Jesus radiates the inner person in peace who forgives in perfect love and cannot be deformed. Let the abundant love of Christ prevail in your yielding enabling life of righteousness in Christ Jesus. His unfailing love full of grace is sufficient for your triumph future without compromise. The Church is cleansed and perfectly restored for His own glory. Love covers multitudes of sins and weakness . Jehovah God break the yoke of Satan in fgm prostitution atrocities at family pillars for the fulfillment of your internal glory.
    GOD OUTLAWED FGM WHICH WAS FORBIDDEN AND WRITTEN IN SPIRITUAL LANGUAGE. Leviticus
    19:28-29. The message is freely given
    purely to the body of JESUS CHRIST worldwide.
    By Br. Robert Munyui Kamunyu.

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