By David Watson

Benchley, January 29, 2017

  • Train children to respect and obey authority
    • Preparing for God
      • II Corinthians 5:10
      • Our job as parents is to teach God’s standards – not our standards.
      • Matthew 25:41, 46
      • Romans 1:30 – disobedience to parents is listed as a sin! See also II Timothy 3:2; Titus 2:11-12; 3:1-3
      • Where is a child supposed to learn about authority? At home!
      • I Timothy 3:4 – One piece of evidence that a man is a good father is that he keeps his children under control with all dignity.
    • Spanking – proven bad by science?
      • Robert Larzelere, Oklahoma State University
        • Optimal type of discipline: conditional spanking
      • Consider the following views:
        • “Our family believes in love, negotiation, and cooperation – not tyranny. We talk to our kids instead of punishing them.”
          • Hebrews 12:7-11
          • This is a false dichotomy!
        • “Kids should shut up and stay out of the way, or else!”
          • Ephesians 6:4; II Timothy 3:14

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