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The Iron Pen #71

"...graven with an iron pen and lead..." Job 19:24
Pastor David L. Brown, Ph.D.

God & Country

In this age there can be no substitute for Christianity: that, in its general principles, is the great conservative element on which we must rely for the purity and permanence of free institutions. That was the religion of the founders of the republic, and they expected it to remain the religion of their descendants. There is a great and very prevalent error on this subject in the opinion that those who organized this Government did not legislate on religion. (An excerpt from Mr. Meacham’s report of the House Committee on the Judiciary received by the Congress of the United States of America on March 27th, 1854)

Well-ordered families naturally produce a good order in other societies. When families are under an ill discipline, all other societies being therefore ill disciplined, will feel that error in the first concoction. -- Dr. Cotton Mather (1663-1728)

Five Parenting Responsibilities

David L. Brown

There are five key responsibilities in parenting that are pointed out in the Bible. Let's look at each of these responsibilities individually.

1. Education -- Deuteronomy 6: 1-9

The primary persons responsible for a child's education are the parents. I might add, the primary things to be taught are biblical values (Ephesians 6:4). Parenting is a joint effort! Proverbs 1:8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother.

2. Communication - Deuteronomy 6:7; James 1:19

Parents need to have open, often (daily), communication with their children. Real communication includes talking and listening! Hear your children out, even if you disagree (Proverbs 18:13), provided they are calm and respectful. Then lay the Bible grid alongside the situations they face in life and teach them how to implement its instructions.

3. Participation – Deuteronomy 6:6-7

It is obvious from Deuteronomy 6 that God expects us to be involved in the lives of our children. While it is true that we no longer live in an agricultural society, we still need to be involved in the lives of our children. Do things with them! Plan activities that involve them. Go to their school activities. Participation in the lives of your children will enable you to see how they behave, who their friends are and how they interact with others, etc.

4. Regulation -- Proverbs 4:10-27; Proverbs 23:13-14

God expects parents to set clear boundaries for their children. Your children need to know what the rules are. Commend them for obedience and correct them for disobedience.

5. Investigation -- Proverbs 18:17

If you are going to be a proper parent and have your children in order you must regularly be involved in investigation. You must know who they are hanging around with and who their friends are. You need to know the values of the families of their friends. Know who they are talking to on the phone, who they are writing and receiving mail from (e-mail included). You need to know the chat rooms they are visiting, the web sites they are visiting. What music are they listening to? What videos are they watching and what video games are they playing? You need to know where they are going and what they are doing and don't always take their word for it. Check it out! Then respond accordingly. Curtail wrong friendship (1 Corinthians 15:33; Psalm 1). Prohibit wrong music, games, videos and TV (Proverbs 4:23; Proverbs 23:7). Stop questionable activities. Remember, God holds you responsible for training up your children in the way they should go, not the way they want to go. In fact, your children are a reflection of your parenting.

Remember parents are responsible for parenting their children---not the day care center, not the neighbor lady, not the government, not the school system, not even the church. Rearing children is the parent's job according to the Bible.

Don’t Neglect The Family

We must have a special eye upon families, to see that they are well ordered, and the duties of each relation performed. The life of religion, and the welfare and glory of both the Church and the State, depend much on family government and duty. If we suffer the neglect of this, we shall undo all. -- Rev. Richard Baxter (1615-1691)

Three Kinds of Confession

Dr. Oswald J. Smith - Sermon for 1959

1. Private Confession -- Psalm 51:1-4

If the sin has been committed against God and God alone, then it need only to be to confessed to God and it will be forgiven.

2. Personal Confession -- Luke 15:18-21

If a sin has been committed against another individual, it can never be forgiven until you go to the other individual and make right the wrong. To be right with God is to be right with man, and to be wrong with man is to be wrong with God. You cannot be right with God and be wrong with man. There must be personal confession.

3. Public Confession 1 Corinthians 5:1-7

If the sin is known publicly, if the whole church knows about it, then there can never be forgiveness until the confession has been publicly made, for public sin must be publicly confessed.

"Christian, fill thy life with most explicit acknowledgments of the glorious God, and acts of obedience to him." -- Dr. Cotton Mather (1663-1728)

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