Presentation on theme: "Corporal Punishment in the home. The Desire…and the Reality All parents desire well behaved children (and many children desire to please their parents)."— Presentation transcript:
Corporal Punishment in the home
The Desire…and the Reality All parents desire well behaved children (and many children desire to please their parents). Reality: we live in a world full of sin. –Rebellious and defiant behavior. –Selfish, neglectful, abusive parents.
Review The purpose of discipline is to raise them up in the way they should go. Prov. 22:6 Discipline is all encompassing: it includes teaching, warning, and correcting… to bring about godly behavior.
Disclaimer NOT to cause division between those who use corporal punishment and those who dont. IT IS to bring clarity about what the Bible reveals about corporal punishment as a biblical guide in the overall process of raising our children.
Two World Views Colliding
Research on Corporal Punishment: What Do You Want To Prove? Old and new research each generally reflecting societal views. Current research that reveals benefits and harm. The current societal trend: corporal punishment is an outdated, hypocritical and unjust practice.
Allowed in homes and schools & schools Only allowed in home Banned in homes and schools
Research vs. Gods Word The value we place on research and the Bible play a large part in our beliefs. Further, how we scrutinize and interpret both research and passages in the Bible affect/refine our beliefs. May Gods word be foremost. Isa. 55:7-8
The Wisdom of Proverbs
NOTE: Proverbs is not a book of law but wise sayings, as breathed forth by God. The debate is whether or not these proverbs are literal or figurative. We will seem to justify our view based on our interpretation.
Proverbs 19:18 Discipline your son while there is hope, And do not desire his death. (NASB95)
Proverbs 29:15 The rod and reproof give wisdom, But a child who gets his own way brings shame to his mother. (NASB95)
Proverbs 22:15 Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of discipline will remove it far from him. (NASB95)
Proverbs 13:24 He who withholds his rod (staff, club, scepter) hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him diligently. (NASB95)
Proverbs 23:13-14 Do not hold back discipline from the child, Although you strike him with the rod, he will not die. You shall strike him with the rod and rescue his soul from Sheol. (NASB95)
New Testament Application?
Freedom in Christ There is no New Testament Law that says we are bound to use corporal punishment. –Parents are given general directives. Eph. 6:4 –We discipline as seem best to us. Heb. 12:10 There is no current law (but, great societal pressures) that bans parents from using it.
Government Intervention Is it sinful for government to ban corporal punishment? Cp. Rom. 13:1-5 If the law is meant for good (to protect the child): would you be willing to submit? It is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience sake. V. 5
As for Me and For My House Parents/guardians (currently) have the freedom to use or not use corporal punishment based upon the laws of this land and employment of biblical principles. The explicit wisdom of Gods word, however, should not be neglected nor rejected in favor of mans wisdom.