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[[[ Part of the series on How Child Protective Services opposes the Teachings of Christ ]]]

“Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.”
Matthew 16:23

In context, Jesus has been telling his disciples that he is going to die. Peter does not like the sound of that and pulls Jesus aside, probably impetuously, to say, “No way! This can never happen to you.” But Jesus calls Peter his adversary because of that position. Peter was not seeing the big picture; he was focused on what he thought in the moment would be best.

Peter found death repugnant, jumped to his own conclusion, and became an instrument of evil. All too often, that is exactly how children’s services works. CPS has many policies that are set on their own interests and not God’s interests. They disagree with biblical authority, with biblical structure, and with biblical social policy. CPS is as undisciplined as Peter.

In the King James Version’s old-fashioned but eloquent language, this middle part of this passage is “For thou savourest not the things that be of God.” Most social workers are badly informed about God’s purposes. Many who think they know the things of God have only a shallow memory of something they once heard. They are far from being able to savor the things of God. Peter was reacting with good intentions but utter ignorance. That is often how CPS reacts too. The difference is that Peter was teachable. CPS is not. They militantly pursue ungodly policy.

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[[[ Part of the series on How Child Protective Services opposes the Teachings of Christ ]]]

3 He answered them, “And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? 4 For God commanded, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ 5 But you say, ‘If anyone tells his father or his mother, What you would have gained from me is given to God,  6 he need not honor his father.’ So for the sake of your tradition you have made void the word  of God. 7 You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said:
8 “‘This people honors me with their lips,
but their heart is far from me;
9 in vain do they worship me,
teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’”

Matthew 15:3-9 English Standard

By in large, the departments of children’s services in this nation have very little respect for parents, especially married parents. It is mostly lip service. If they do show compassion on a single mother, it is unlikely that they will stop to consider how the woman herself or government policy may have contributed to that single-status. The spirit of feminism runs rampant within children’s services.

Too many people go into social work because they were abused, or perceive themselves as abused, as kids. They come into the business with a chip on their shoulders and are hired for their passion. In truth, these broken people ought to be screened out during the hiring process. They have no business bringing their sociopath prejudices anywhere near either a hurting or worse, a falsely accused family. They identify too strongly with the first and have no realistic understanding of the cruelty they inflict on the second.

The mob members who demanded Jesus’ crucifixion would be right at home working in children’s services today. They would take Jesus’ quoting of the Torah that anyone denouncing a father or mother should be killed, judge him to be too weird, and demand court-ordered counseling. If that did not work, they would have him thrown in jail “for his own good.”

The structures of CPS are absolutely pharisaical in honoring man’s “enlightenment” rather than the wisdom of God. They believe as rigid doctrine the precepts of men.

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God’s kingdom is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field. 25 That night, while his hired men were asleep, his enemy sowed thistles all through the wheat and slipped away before dawn. 26 When the first green shoots appeared and the grain began to form, the thistles showed up, too. (…) 28b The farmhands asked, “Should we weed out the thistles?” 29 He said, “No, if you weed the thistles, you’ll pull up the wheat, too.”
Matthew 13:24-29 – Message Bible

CPS does not acknowledge this passage as being wisdom. Their policies oppose it. They focus on removing the thistles. The bottom line is that they do not really value the wheat! I have heard caseworkers admit that they believe the inevitable collateral damage from getting rid of the thistles is worth it. Jesus disagrees.

In the original language, the word that is translated in this Easy-to-Read version as ‘thistle’ is a poisonous rye grass that looks like wheat until the real wheat produces heads, the fruitful part of the grain. In the Jewish New Testament Commentary, David Stern says that Judaism teaches that this was not another genus of seed, but a degenerate form of the species that mutated after the Flood.

The point is that Jesus used an illustration where the good thing looks so much like the bad that it is very hard to tell the difference, and even when the difference is known, it is impossible to separate the good from the bad without damaging the good. That means CPS is going to make mistakes—a lot of them.

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 A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory;
Matthew 12:20

This verse was used to show that Jesus fulfilled Old Testament prophecy. The passage that predicted this is from Isaiah.

 A bruised reed He will not break And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish; He will faithfully bring forth justice according to truth.
Isaiah 42:3

Different scholars have wildly varying interpretations of whom the bruised reed and smoldering wick represent. It is reasonably obvious, however, that both are in a fragile state. Jesus did not oppress the weak.

Bruised reeds are broken in their spirits. A guttering flame is either starved for oxygen or the oil is exhausted. “The bruised reed may recover itself, if permitted to vegetate under the genial influences of heaven; and the life and light of the expiring lamp may be supported by the addition of fresh oil.” (Adam Clarke Commentary) Jesus was not arrogant, pushy, or cruel. He did not falsely accuse the innocent. He did not act anything like the typical CPS social worker who rushes in and seizes families like birds in a snare.  More importantly, Jesus brings forth justice according to truth, whilst CPS is more likely to bring forth injustice according to anonymous reporting.

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[[[ Part 1 of the series on How Child Protective Services opposes the Teachings of Christ ]]]

From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Matthew 4:17

When I first opened my red-letter Bible to begin this study, I was struck by the order of Jesus’ words. Never before had I tried reading only the “red words.”  I saw that as one begins reading through the New Testament, Jesus first has to tell John the Immerser that his baptizing Jesus was a “fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” (Matthew 3:15) The point: Even John, (of whom Jesus says in Matthew 11:11, “Truly I say to you, among those born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than John the Baptist!”) had to adjust his view of what he considered right. As I have done in my previous investigations, I will let the scripture speak for itself, but hold this thought for the end of today’s article.

The next recorded words that Jesus spoke were three quotations from the Old Testament. This occurred during the time that He was being harassed and baited by the devil. Keeping up harassment when confronted with truth is a character trait of CPS.

The first real teaching that we have a record of in this Gospel is, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” CPS does not follow this teaching. Unlike John the Immerser who was quick to change his attitude to permit righteousness as soon as Jesus explained it to him, CPS does not behave that way. When they do not find what they were first looking for, they do not ask forgiveness for believing slander.  They will look for something else. This is the behavior pattern of the devil.

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