All children are sinners and need to receive spankings. There are no exceptions to Gods rule.
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If our desire as Christian parents it to raise up children
who, as the Bible describes it, will be the foundations for many godly
generations, we must grasp the full significance of the first part of
Foolishness (rebellion) is bound up in the heart of a child.
Rebellion resides in the heart of every child
Have you ever heard someone comment, One of my children never
needed a spanking because he (or she) was always so well-behaved?
I cringe when I hear a parent say, Kevin was always such a
good boy as he was growing up. Even though I had to spank my other three
children, I never had to spank him once. While it is certainly true that Kevin
may naturally have been more gentle-spirited and even-tempered than his
siblings, we can be certain that Kevin has always had a corrupt heart and a
Consider the words of Psalm 51:5, Behold, I was brought
forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me. Kevins rebellion was
perhaps more passive than his brothers and sisters, but he was no less
foolish or rebellious. God tells us it is so in His Word, and we must believe
it if we hope to raise God-honoring children.
God commands parents to administer physical discipline to
In Proverbs 23:13,14, God provides further instruction for
parents who desire to discipline His way,
Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish him
with the rod, he will not die. You shall spank him with the rod, and deliver
his soul from death.
My wife and I have found these two verses to be
particularly encouraging when we spank the more dramatic of our ten children.
They want us to think they are dying.
Parents ought to praise God that when they properly implement
His designated instrument, the rod of reproof, it is an effective means for
guiding children away from sin and directing them toward repentance and faith
in Christ Jesus.
Children are marvelous treasures and gifts from God. He has
the blueprint for how we are to train them.
We read in 1 Corinthians 4:2,
Now it is required that those who have been given a trust
must prove faithful.
Children are a sacred trust from God. They are a gift from
His hand and a reward to husbands and wives. God planned each one of them
before He laid the foundations of the earth. He created them. They are His
workmanship. He saw all of them when they were yet hidden in their mothers
womb. He even numbered the hairs on their headsand He gave parents specific
directions for how to raise them for His glory and pleasure.
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