Saturday, July 16, 2005

Training Children

A passage from Spurgeon's Morning and Evening devotional readings....... parents are commanded to train their children. Are we, or are we passing the buck and allowing the church, the school system, the television industry, the government, or as Hillary has put it, the "village" to train our children?????

"Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation." --Joel 1:3 In this simple way, by God's grace, a living testimony for truth is always to be kept alive in the land--the beloved of the Lord are to hand down their witness for the gospel, and the covenant to their heirs, and these again to their next descendants. This is our first duty, we are to begin at the family hearth: he is a bad preacher who does not commence his ministry at home. The heathen are to be sought by all means, and the highways and hedges are to be searched, but home has a prior claim, and woe unto those who reverse the order of the Lord's arrangements. To teach our children is a personal duty; we cannot delegate it to Sunday School Teachers, or other friendly aids, these can assist us, but cannot deliver us from the sacred obligation; proxies and sponsors are wicked devices in this case: mothers and fathers must, like Abraham, command their households in the fear of God, and talk with their offspring concerning the wondrous works of the Most High. Parental teaching is a natural duty--who so fit to look to the child's well-being as those who are the authors of his actual being? To neglect the instruction of our offspring is worse than brutish. Family religion is necessary for the nation, for the family itself, and for the church of God. By a thousand plots Popery is covertly advancing in our land, and one of the most effectual means for resisting its inroads is left almost neglected, namely, the instruction of children in the faith. Would that parents would awaken to a sense of the importance of this matter. It is a pleasant duty to talk of Jesus to our sons and daughters, and the more so because it has often proved to be an accepted work, for God has saved the children through the parents' prayers and admonitions. May every house into which this volume shall come honour the Lord and receive His smile.


Anonymous sis. julie said...

This is so true Bro. Jim. And as a result of there being lack of teaching at home parents are losing their children to the world. Would that parents could get ahold of this truth according to God's Word.

7:44 AM  
Anonymous Rachel said...

I think you know that the training of our children is such a heavy burden on my heart....not only to teach them, but to teach them to teach their children some day....and so on. And so much of what they learn is not what we actually tell them, but what they see in our own lives. We are living epistles. Thank you for that very important post. I love you!!

7:17 PM  
Blogger Courtney, Jer.33:3 said...

Most people think that as long as they take their kids to church, that they are doing their duty, but that's not what the Bible teaches!! I hope and pray that I raise my future children the Bible way, "And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up." Deut.6:6&7

2:47 PM  

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