Do Bastards Still Exist?
aymon de albatrus
"5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to children, My son, despise not you the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when you are rebuked of him: 6 For whom the Lord loves he chastens, and whips every son whom he receives. 7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chastens not? 8 But if you be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are you bastards, and not sons. 9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection to the Father of spirits, and live?" (Heb 12:5-9)
"A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to his tenth generation shall he not enter into the congregation of the LORD." (Deu 23:2)
These days as our modern Western society, in deep decadence with its doom written on the wall (MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN) and waiting at the door, with its demise of marriage and people living mostly in de facto relationship with many children born as illegitimate, the word "Bastard" is not politically correct and has been replaced by "love child" as if the children born in a legitimate marriage were not. But more, now our heathen governments have "legalised" de facto relationship as equivalent to marriages and of course, as a consequence, there would be no more Bastards in our doomed secular society. BUT, even more, the legalisation of the ‘de facto’ would include also the homosexual relations with children. Really, like Sodom and Gomorrah, we have reached the bottom of decadence.
Meaning of the word Bastard:
An illegitimate child, one born not in lawful wedlock
Begotten and born out of lawful matrimony; illegitimate
A person whose parents, at the time of his birth, were not married to each other
If the parents married after the birth, that child would remain a bastard
A child of a concubine
A child of a Jew and a Gentile
The word "bastard" can refer to a child whose father is not known, as well as to a child whose parents are known but not married to each other. Thus a ‘bastard’ is a child whose parents were not lawfully married to each other at the time of his birth.
Apparently under the Laws of England and Wales a person conceived to a couple not married to each other but who subsequently marry before the birth would not be treated as a bastard. However, unlike many other systems of law, there was no possibility of post hoc legitimisation of a bastard. If the parents married after the birth, the child would remain a bastard, and a bastard child, even if acknowledged, could not inherit from the father.
In some countries a "bastard" was defined solely as a child not acknowledged by his father. All children acknowledged by a father, whether born in or out of wedlock, had equal legal rights including the right to share in the father's inheritance. But, with the current rejection of the figure of the father in the family, paternity is only sought after solely (not to remove the shame of bastardism) but as a source to suck money from him, even with heavy sanctions.
In general ‘bastard’ applied to all person born to parents not married to each other or single, especially if not recognised by the father.
The concept of ‘bastard’ necessarily involves Adultery or Fornication, actions that are forbidden by the Law of God with death as its deserved penalty (article). Adultery and Fornication are illegitimate actions and thus the issue from such sexual unions are also illegitimate, i.e. bastard children.
Matrimony was instituted by God (Gen 2:22,23) to legitimise the children according to His ordinances (not man’s) and for the good order of society: "Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but fornicators and adulterers God will judge." (Heb 13:4). A true marriage is celebrated in front of God, not only in front of man.
A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord, that is a child born of such unions e.g. whoredom, shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord up to his tenth generation; which seems as if he might at the eleventh; but the general interpretation is: never. The severity of this ordinance was given for the sake of avoiding whoredom and deterring from it was this law, that adulterers/fornicators might see its application, that such abominable action would affect their whole family with an irreparable perpetual stain. This indelible stigma on children of these unlawful instances was designed as a discouragement to practice such disgraceful actions.
Persons born of such illegitimate copulations were reckoned bastards; now such an one, might not be admitted into the assembly of elders, or bear any public office, admission to public honours and offices in the Church and State of Israel.
The writer of Hebrews picks up the concept of Bastard to make the point that God treats us as Sons, and not as Bastards: "But if you be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are you bastards, and not sons." (Heb 12:8). For the father of a bastard would not care about his illegitimate children, he would leave the care of them to the mother, and this ‘infidel’ father (1Ti 5:8) would endeavour to avoid all responsibility, and usually to be concealed and unknown. His own child he does not wish to recognize; he neither provides for him, nor instructs him, nor governs him, nor disciplines him. Whilst a father, who is worthy of the name, will do all these things for the sons he loves.
And so God is with Christians, His children. God has not cast them off for, in every way, He demonstrates towards them the character of a true father. But the children that passed along through life without any occurrence that would indicate the paternal care and attention designed to correct their faults, it would show that they never had been His children, but were cast off and wholly disregarded, illegitimate. This is a beautiful argument; and we should receive every affliction as full proof that we are not forgotten by the High and Holy One who condescends to sustain the character, and to make clear towards us, in our wanderings, the watchful care of a Father by disciplining us. .
The writer, which we think is Paul, effectively is saying: "if God does not discipline you, at times even sternly, as a true father would for your meanderings from the right path, then you are not His children, but bastards that He rejects".
"For whom the Lord loves he chastens, and whips every son whom he receives." (Heb 12:6)
"For whom the LORD loves he corrects; even as a father the son in whom he delights." (Pro 3:12)
"Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him." (Pro 13:24)
The clear meaning of the term ‘bastard’ here is one who is not the legitimate son of a father. This is what we generally think of when we use the term today. These evil days, the wayward fathers are not chased up by the law for the ‘father’s duties’ to their children or to remove the stain of bastardy (our decadents society could not care less for that), but rather to extract money from them.
Can a bastard be saved?
Yes ‘Bastards’ still exist, BUT the grace of the Lord is infinite and He is the Supreme Sovereign over His own creation. "See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand." (Deu 32:39) He can save whomsoever He wants, according to His Holy pleasure; He can save a prostitute like Rahab or bastards like Ishmael, Jephthah or Timothy. Can I say then that I am more worthy than a Bastard? NO! I need all the Grace possible to be saved, just like a Bastard; it is God that makes the difference, by His magnificent munificence GRACE. Praise Him forever.
When God looks down on His elect to whom He bestowed His free gift of salvation through the benefits of Jesus Christ, He does not see who we are in the flesh, whether legitimate or non-legitimate at the natural birth, but only the righteousness of Christ He has bestowed in us (2Co 5:21; Phi 3:9). We are not saved because of who we are from birth, or what we have done in life; rather, we are saved because of whom He made us in the new birth (Eze 36:26-27). We become new creations in Christ. "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new" (2Co 5:17). When He makes a child of His, although born out of lawful wedlock, be born again, this kid of the most high becomes a son of the living God (Joh 1:12,13).
Indeed the Grace of God extends to all that He calls to Himself, near and far: "For the promise is to you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call." (Act 2:39) And all those that God has appointed to eternal life, even though bastards, will believe and thus be saved. (Act 13:48)