Will We Justify Child-Sacrifice to Baal? (Originally Published in 2012)
Psalms 106:37-38 They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons; they poured out innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was polluted with blood.
NOTE: The charge that Christians are sacrificing children to Baal (demons) occurred to me again this week, and I thought I recalled having written on this subject once before. Sure enough, I wrote this article way back in early 2012 and it remains true today. It is worth repeating. Not because I wrote it, but because it is true. Local churches, pastors, writers, and many Christians in general are guilty of this evil when they demand that an abuse victim and her children remain in bondage.
Israel became conformed to the pagan idolatry in the Land. They did what the Psalmist describes — they sacrificed their children to the demons (Satan is behind all idolatry). They made them “pass through the fire.” Now, here is quite an incredible thing. The conservative church today decries abortion (and so do I). We call abortion the slaughter of the innocents, and so it is. The enemy is behind it. But…
What are we doing when we tell a woman (and sometimes a man) that no matter how badly she is abused, she and her children must stay in that marriage, in that home, and bear their cross for Jesus? How is it possible that something so parallel to sacrificing sons and daughters to demons can possibly be Christ’s calling to His people? In fact, we should assume that such cruel advice is nothing more than forcing a victim to sacrifice her children to a false god we have created — called, “marriage.” Which, of course, is not biblical marriage at all.
Now, let me be very clear. Many abuse survivors feel a load of guilt for not removing their children from the abusive environment sooner than they did. We should not increase that guilt and, in fact, should help lift it from them. Abusers are incredibly deceptive and it takes quite a long time to understand it and even longer to decide how to get out of it. The guilt lies with the abuser, not the victim. But, to spread the guilt around further — there is plenty of blame to be put upon anyone (frequently fellow Christians) who insist that the victim and her children must remain in that terrible environment and suffer.
I say again, this seems to me to be nothing less than insisting that a downtrodden victim of abuse is required by God to sacrifice her children to Baal.