Family Church of Jesus
335 West First St.
Reno, NV 89503
Some say we have reached the end of
civilization...that we have turned the corner on progress and are
heading back to barbarism. Others think that more progress is
possible. We know only that there have been many efforts to
supplant family as the primarily institution in society. The Soviet
Union tried removing babies from their mother at the moment of birth
and turning their care over to institutional experts. That did
not work. It produced a nation of alcoholics. America today is
trying numerous things designed primarily to give its children family.
But those efforts, from Big Brothers, to Lionism, to Family Home
Evenings, to more and more intrusive public and private schools, among
many others, are also failing. America is turning back to
barbarism. Because we have forgotten the lessons of Jesus.
job then is to restore family and, history tells us, the only
way to do that is to adopt once again the teachings of Jesus. It seems
to us that, read as a song, the sayings of Jesus tell us that fathers
are or should be part of a family. Mothers are not the problem.
They are loyal to their families. The problem is getting fathers
back into families. If your family has a husband, or if you think that
family can get along just fine without one, this church may not be for
you. Our goal is to give every kid a father....to use the teachings of
Jesus to reverse the trend towards barbarism, while preserving the
rights of all concerned.
task before us (reestablishing traditional Jesus-era family) is not an
easy one. The first step is not polygamy, but rather the
convincing of women to restrict sex to marriage. Though men and women
both enjoy sex, according to Sagan, philandering is not generally a
female characteristic. The reason
given by most women for having sex with more than one partner is more
social or legal than physical, something
like "We have the right to do whatever men are doing and men are having
sex outside of marriage." Allowing men the option of a polygamous
marriage may, for some, be enough to cause them to wait. And
convincing women to stifle their pre-marital sexual exploits may
reduce the efforts of men to "get while the getting's good," to, if you
will, defer sex to marriage while retaining a reasonable chance of
finding at least one modest wife. These are just a few
possibilities. Only the goal remains clear.
family is restored, the rest will take care of itself. We can
again become friends with the Muslims, Jews, Baptists and other
religions that require a strong family and believe that there is more
to life than consumerism and the acquisition of wealth. The
horribleness of modern life will be ameliorated. Joy will return.
Simple pleasures will explode in our lives once we recognize that
the differences between the sexes are real and that each sex has its
own special needs...once we recognize that being equal does not mean
being the same. Let the work load be equal, but let the
women do the housework and cook, if they do that best, and let the
man do the yard or something else he does best. The goal is equality in
companionship and respect, not function. Let all members
have time off to enjoy life, to read or play as fits their disposition.
Let all of us do something other than work all the time. Let us
reap the benefits of paying for one house rather than three, two cars
rather than five, three meals a day rather than twenty. Let us put the
war between the sexes behind us so we can relax and truly enjoy the
precious but ever so brief time God has given us on this earth.