Sacrificing children.

“Are we shocked at the unnatural cruelty of the ancient idolaters in sacrificing their children? We may justly be so. But are there not very many parents, who, by bad teaching and wicked examples, and by the mysteries of iniquity which they show their children, devote them to the service of Satan, and forward their everlasting ruin, in a manner even more to be lamented? What an account must such parents render to God, and what a meeting will they have with their children at the day of judgment! On the other hand, let children remember that he who cursed father or mother was surely put to death. This law Christ confirmed. Laws which were made before are repeated, and penalties annexed to them. If men will not avoid evil practices, because the law has made these practices sin, and it is right that we go on that principle, surely they should avoid them when the law has made them death, from a principle of self-preservation.” Matthew Henry 

Leviticus 20:1 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,

2“Again, you shall say to the children of Israel: ‘Whoever of the children of Israel, or of the strangers who dwell in Israel, who gives any of his descendants to Mōlech, he shall surely be put to death. The people of the land shall stone him with stones.

3‘I will set My face against that man, and will cut him off from his people, because he has given some of his descendants to Mōlech, to defile My sanctuary and profane My holy name.

4‘And if the people of the land should in any way hide their eyes from the man, when he gives some of his descendants to Mōlech, and they do not kill him,

5‘then I will set My face against that man and against his family; and I will cut him off from his people, and all who prostitute themselves with him to commit harlotry with Mōlech.

6‘And the person who turns to mediums and familiar spirits, to prostitute himself with them, I will set My face against that person and cut him off from his people.

7‘Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am the Lord your God.

8‘And you shall keep My statutes, and perform them: I am the Lord who sanctifies you.

9‘For everyone who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death. He has cursed his father or his mother. His blood shall be upon him.

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