TRAIN YOUR CHILDREN GOD’S WAY
Ignoring the facts, and forgetting that generations past who were firmly disciplined for wrong conduct were much more stable, respectful and wholesome, these supposed experts now declare that spanking only teaches children to be aggressive and violent. Yet, they fail to explain why there is so much widespread violence among youth—theft, assault, rape, murder—at a time when parents are spanking less than ever!—and many or most not at all. No one is helping parents who desire guidance and help to “connect the dots” between today’s problems and the ever-changing rules and guidelines of modern childrearing.
Vast numbers of parents, forced to rely on themselves or on the misguided opinions of so-called experts, have no way of knowing what to do when it comes to properly rearing children. They need help, not recognizing the problems that they are facing are spiritual, not physical. They need to turn to the only SOURCE of true spiritual understanding—the Bible—God’s Word!
Most do not know that childrearing is a biblical doctrine—and that the Bible has much to say about it. They do not recognize that it is a teaching from God, like baptism, conversion, salvation, tithing, the Sabbath, God’s annual Holy Days, faith, grace, law and sin—and every other teaching in His Word.
Two Approaches to Childrearing
When God’s servants, those truly carrying His authority, teach the only way to properly rear children, most people would see it as med- dling, not BIBLICAL INSTRUCTION. This is because it hits close to home and becomes personal. And, like children, many simply do not want anyone—this includes God!—telling them what to do, even when they have no idea themselves.
This book is written for those who recognize that they do not have all the answers.
Within the Church that Christ built, the Eternal God has estab- lished His ministry to teach His Way of Life in all points—the way that mankind has rejected since Adam and Eve’s fateful decision in the Garden of Eden to rebel against God’s rule over them. But God is calling a very few (John 6:44) out of this world’s customs, values, traditions, false teachings—and erroneous thinking of supposed ex- perts—to understand and live His spiritual laws. These few are reap- ing the spiritual benefits.
The Biblical Doctrine of Childrearing
This can include you. But only if you can recognize that all forms of childrearing fall into two categories:
God’s Way, revealed in His Holy Word.
The world’s way, as influenced by the “god of this world”—
Satan the devil (II Cor. 4:4; Eph. 2:2). This fallen spirit is the unseen source of human nature (Rom. 8:7).
Anything contrary to God’s teachings—His doctrines—is error. The apostle Paul warned, “a little leaven leavens the whole lump” (I Cor. 5:6). Error, like leavening, spreads. Wrong principles of chil- drearing are no exception. Childrearing as practiced today stands on a completely wrong foundation. What started out wrong has grown much, much worse!
Authorities in society, and some parents, do teach certain good things concerning the rearing of children. But this means that they are teaching a mixture of good and evil. This is the lesson of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the garden, which God ex- plained was to be rejected. Only God’s Way is pure, with no hidden “downside.”
If you want to rear your children to lead successful, abundant lives, God’s Master Instruction Book will guide you. Revealing the hidden shoals in a dangerous world that threatens your child, the Bible is filled with correct teachings and spiritual principles that al- ways yield positive results to those who faithfully practice them. But you must deeply desire to learn God’s way of childrearing, and then diligently apply it without compromise—and for many years!
You must be prepared to throw away the intellectual nonsense taught by people who have “credentials” but who reject God’s au- thority over this and all other matters in life. You must be prepared to put God’s Way into practice as you learn it.
Rearing a Family
Let’s examine some basic statements about what God says regarding rearing a family.
Paul was also inspired to record, “for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap” (Gal. 6:7). Then notice this: “Except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman wakes but in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows…” (Psa. 127:1-2).