Child Sacrifice Then and Now

In the Old Testament, Israel was warned about participating in a peculiar practice of god worship. This act of worship was one that aroused the true God, YHWH, most vehemently to such a degree as to cast judgment upon the individual and the people who participate OR ignored the practice within the fold of Israel. The passage is Leviticus 20:1-5. It reads:

1  Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2  “You shall also say to the sons of Israel: ‘Any man from the sons of Israel or from the aliens sojourning in Israel who gives any of his offspring to Molech, shall surely be put to death; the people of the land shall stone him with stones. 3  ‘I will also set My face against that man and will cut him off from among his people, because he has given some of his offspring to Molech, so as to defile My sanctuary and to profane My holy name. 4  ‘If the people of the land, however, should ever disregard that man when he gives any of his offspring to Molech, so as not to put him to death, 5  then I Myself will set My face against that man and against his family, and I will cut off from among their people both him and all those who play the harlot after him, by playing the harlot after Molech.

Notice a few things. First of all, notice that the act of worship itself is the act of “[giving his] offspring to Molech.” The god of Molech is the deity imagined by the “sons of Ammon” (1 Kings 11:7). He is also the god that Solomon, in his later days, also permitted sacrifices to and built altars for worship as well (1 Kings 11:5-8; King Josiah destroyed these places of “worship” in his reforms many decades later-2 Kings 23:13-14). Molech is the name of that god for whom children were put into a fire….alive. The children were put there because of the delusion that the god, Molech, would see their “sacrifice” and be appeased. As the emotional fervor was raised, the child was picked up in ritual fashion and thrown into the pit that was called “high [place] of Tophet, which is in the valley of the son of Himmon.” (Jeremiah 7:31). It was in this valley that the shrine for burning children was built. The Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament states: “The place itself was probably a deep, wide pit containing a bonfire of blazing wood (Isa 30:33) into which the hapless children were thrown.“ (p.979). These children became “offered” to the god because of a desire to see the god appeased and to avoid particular calamities if they did not offer to this god. YHWH says that this action of killing the children on behalf of the people was an action that “I did not command, and it did not come into My mind.” (Jeremiah 7:31). 

Now, think about this. Israel would be led to this behavior because of the influence of nations around, and within, the land of Palestine. The entire construct of putting young children into a raging fire to be consumed by the fire was the result of a perverted and disgusting perspective on the true God. Because, since the true God said that this kind of treatment of children and this act of worship never entered His mind, then this behavior certainly did not come from Him. That darkened understanding of God lead to the creation of a new god, one called Molech, himself a result of a group of people born out of an incestious relationship from some people who were escaping the destruction of a group of cities being destroyed for Sodomy (Genesis 19:30-32; . 

Do you see any, any, similarities here? Could it be that the god of this world has been appeased by the slaughter of children? It is not the fire this time, but forceps. It is not a ritual, but a regulation. It is not to appease the god Molech, but the god/goddess “self.” To make this kind of behavior legal (even celebrated) is atrocious beyond description. 

The Christian, however, must not get distracted. Murder is what comes out of the heart (Mark 7:21). Do you expect the corrupt heart to produce a righteousness that is not there? We do expect common sense, residual image of God, what is good for humanity, but the reality is, when darkness pervades, why are we shocked? The god Molech is wearing a suit or dress and is being worshiped nonetheless. He is the god “self.” (See

This kind of atrocity is exactly why Paul exhorted Timothy to brace himself so that he does not waver from fulfilling his duties within the church. He wrote:

But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2  For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3  unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, 4  treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5  holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.

2 Timothy 3:1-5

This is a description of what will happen in the church. But, since, inevitably, the church follows the world, and this love of self is in the world, it will be in the church. Don’t be surprised. Know that the Canaanites have been ruling the land all along and we, the redeemed people of Jesus Christ, must not give up our position because of part of the war against God is going on that God Himself, alone, will rectify (1 Corinthians 5:12). Keep your minds, and emotions, reserved for Jesus Christ alone (Matthew 22:37). Don’t give Satan room to distract you from unwavering devotion to Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 11:3) and tempt you with anger against what is absolutely and completely demonic:

18  Look at the nation Israel; are not those who eat the sacrifices sharers in the altar? 19  What do I mean then? That a thing sacrificed to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? 20  No, but I say that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to God; and I do not want you to become sharers in demons. 21  You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. 22  Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? We are not stronger than He, are we?

1 Corinthians 10:17-22

The god of this world rules the whole world (1 John 5:19). It has been handed to him, for a time (Luke 4:5-7).