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Nurture or nature? Some claim that a children’s path is set by their genetics or some other predetermined factor. What does that Bible say? There certainly are some health conditions which are genetic or mediated by outside influences such as parental substance abuse or vaccines.  However, the child who is otherwise healthy has an equal opportunity to become great and, more importantly, to become Godly. God gives us that promise:

Proverbs 22:6 (KJV) Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

God’s promise to us, as parents, is that if we train a child according His Word, the child will not depart from that path. Like everything in life, we cannot take this one verse in a vacuum. Training a child involves more than going to church more than spanking, more than memorizing Bible verses.  Each of this individual things are important, but they are part of a much, much bigger picture.

imagine looking at a beautiful sunset, but only seeing one dot. There is much more majesty than just the one dot, but all you can see is the one dot. What picture would you see? Likewise, training a child is more than any one aspect of being a good Christian. Children are the sum of all their experiences.  Television, movies, social media,, music. friends, church, school, teachers, inconsistencies at home – all of these individual things, if taken in a vacuum, may seem insignificant. But the child is the sum of all of these experiences.

Seeing that children are the sum of their experiences, what is your child adding up to?

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What has happened to Christians, today? Not so long ago, you could easily identify the Christians. Their dress was different from the dress of the world. Their conversation was different. Their associations were different. Even their countenance was different. And that’s the way it should be. Sure there were people around who were offended by the Word of God, but they did not claim to be Christians, they did not talk like Christians, they did not go to places Christians should not go and they did not talk like Christians. What happened?

Until recently, I was a member of a forum for Christian Homeschool Families. Generally, this was a supportive and encouraging group. We answered each other’s questions and encouraged each other. But, one night, I noticed a question about dealing with a mouthy tween. The parent was frustrated that her tween was talking back and, in general, had a bad attitude. In reply, I suggested that the parent use the attitude adjustment knobs built into every child. In case you’re curious, these are located between the top of the leg and the lower back. We all have two of them. In addition to suggesting that the attitude adjustment knobs be used to correct the child’s attitude, I suggested an implement to use as a rod.

Proverbs 23:13 (KJV) Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.

Later, I came back to the thread and noticed that my post was gone. The Christian homeschool group had deleted my BIBLICAL counsel. I posted a new reply to the thread, without the snarkyness, and with Scripture. But, that post was deleted as well. What was I missing?

2 Timothy 4:3 (KJV) For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

After my second posting, my post was deleted and so was my membership. I was in a group of “Christians” who would not stand sound doctrine.

We have seen this for a long time in the liberal churches. Churches which tolerate all manner of sin – divorce and remarriage, women pastors, homosexuals in leadership, immodesty, worldly music, etc. But we have always been able to point to the liberals. Today, the liberal theology is creeping into fundamental circles. We have people flocking to the likes of Greg Locke and C. T. Townsend – men who were trained in our fundamental circles, men who know better, but men who have compromised the Word of God on the alter of popularity and wealth. Meanwhile, we have other men who are graduating from Bible Colleges which were once beacons of the fundamental movement, such as Bob Jones University and Ambassador Baptist College who are building the foundation of their ministry on texts other than the King James Bible. While their desire is noble: to reach the masses, you cannot get pure water from an impure fountain.

If we are to reach the people, we must use the Word of God. If we consider history, no major revival has ever started outside of the KJV. It is the only Bible for the English-speaking people. As Christians, we must cling to it. We must cherish it, we must study it and we must live it. As we turn away from the Word of God, we will lose our only true reference to right and wrong.

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