CAN SPANKING YOUR CHILD LEAD TO MORE SINFUL BEHAVIOUR?


A recent study was released on how to train up your child in the way he should go. As I was going through the Guardian newspaper this evening (see reference below, January 13, 2016) I came across this amazing new research result. The research was carried out by Dr. Murry Straus, Professor emeritus of sociology at the University of New Hampshire, United States (U.S). His research made a “definitive case against spanking, including how it slows cognitive development and increases antisocial and criminal behavior.” Immediately when I came across the title of the article, which reads: DOES SPANKING CHILDREN SLOW COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT, INCREASE CRIMINAL BEHAVIOUR? I was immediately directed to the popular text in the word God which says:

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Prov 22:6.

This popular counsel has never failed. The word train up in the original language means to inaugurate, dedicate, narrow the child’s way. It can figuratively mean to initiate or discipline the child in the way he should go and the corresponding result to that, “he will not depart from it.” If you want your child to be a thief, then train him up in that way and he will not depart from it. If you want him to be a man of God, who eschews evil, I tell you, he will not depart from it. The word of God can never fail. “God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar.” Romans 3:4.

So called intelligent men will pileup all kinds of research to deceive souls and lead them to damnation. For example, an article was published on September 26, 2014 on CCN.com (see reference below) which says, “Beer may be good for your brain.” The article went on to say, “Scientists discovered that xanthohumol, a type of flavonoid found in beer, seems to help cognitive function, at least in young mice . . . The research does suggest that this flavonoid and others should be studied closer. The researchers believe it and others, like the ones found in red wine, blueberries and dark chocolate, may play a role in helping you form memories.” The result of the research advised to “drink moderately.”

This is just one of the many misleading result of research. These results are contrary to the teachings of the Bible, the mind of God for all who wants to have peace of mind in this evil world.

It is imperative to note that some of what Dr. Straus wrote were true, in fact he admit that spanking corrects bad behavior but he also wants us to believe that its negative effect of spanking is greater than its intended positive result. He wrote the following:

“Moreover, the research clearly shows that the gains from spanking come at a big cost. These include weakening the tie between children and parents and increasing the probability that the child will hit other children and their parents, and as adults, hit a dating or marital partner. Spanking also slows down mental development and lowers the probability of a child doing well in school.” (quoting from the guardian)

It is true that after spanking our children without telling them the consequences of whatever bad actions they might have done could lead to a bad result. But the Bible never admonish us to cease from spanking. In fact the wise man, Solomon wrote this:

“Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him” Prov 22:15.

Foolishness is in the heart of all born of Adam. All that is born of the will of Man or the flesh has foolishness abiding in their heart but only the rod of correction can drive it far from them. Even when the child is crying, the Bible admonishes us not to spare him.

It says, “Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.” Prov 19:18.

Again the Scripture has the following to say:

“Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.” Prov 23:13-14.

If you seek to deliver his soul from hell and destruction, then you must be prepared to use the rod.

“The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame. . . Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul” Prov. 29:15, 17.

Many homes are in turbulence because of their son or daughter who has grown evil wings which the parent refused to trim or cut off at an early stage. Many children had killed their parents because they had refused to train them up in God’s way. They have also refused to use the rod of correction and love to bring them back to their right senses. Prayer, love, counsel and rod will save every child from the foolishness that dwells within the heart.

The following counsel can help us:

“The mother may ask, “Shall I never punish my child?” Whipping may be necessary when other resorts fail, yet she should not use the rod if it is possible to avoid doing so. But if milder measures prove insufficient, punishment that will bring the child to its senses should in love be administered. Frequently one such correction will be enough for a lifetime, to show the child that he does not hold the lines of control.
And when this step becomes necessary, the child should be seriously impressed with the thought that this is not done for the gratification of the parent, or to indulge arbitrary authority, but for the child’s own good. He should be taught that every fault uncorrected will bring unhappiness to himself and will displease God. Under such discipline children will find their greatest happiness in submitting their wills to the will of the heavenly Father.”— Child Guidance, p. 250.

“Disobedience must be punished. Wrongdoing must be corrected. The iniquity that is bound up in the heart of a child must be met and overcome by parents and teachers. Wrong must be dealt with promptly and wisely, with firmness and decision. Hatred of restraint, love of self-indulgence, indifference to things of eternity, must be carefully dealt with. Unless evil is eradicated, the soul will be lost. And more than this: he who gives himself up to follow in Satan’s lead seeks constantly to entice others. From our children’s earliest years we should seek to subdue in them the spirit of the world.”—Child Guidance, p. 249-250.

 

http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2016/01/does-spanking-children-slow-cognitive-development-increase-criminal-behaviour/

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/09/26/health/five-medical-studies/

REBUTTAL TO PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE FALSE TEACHING ABOUT THE SABBATH


One major reason am writing a rebuttal to the subtle error of Pastor E. A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeem Christian Church of God, is because many sincere and innocent followers are being misguided to believe his false teachings in relation to the Sabbath of the 4th commandment in Exodus 20:8-11.

I sincerely don’t have anything against his character. God reads the mind of men and it is not my duty to sit on the judgment throne of God to condemn men for their actions because we all are striving by the Grace of God to reach unto perfection. If any man points out my sin, by the grace of God, I will pray for repentance to turn from that sin in heart and life. Thus I am fallible and prone to err.

But for Church leaders, such as Pastor E. A. Adeboye, who claim to accept the Bible has his final authority and then reject its plain and clear teaching in regard to the Sabbath, will consequently lead millions of souls, who have placed him in high esteem, to openly disregard the Law of Jehovah.

It is true many are gullible when it comes to Pastors interpreting scriptures. They refuse to study the Bible for themselves. They prefer the Pastors to interpret the Word to them. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong in using commentaries, asking Bible questions, meeting Pastors to explain some portions of the Bible to us, but we are to test all their explanations with “thus saith the Lord.” About these people Paul Prophesied:

“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; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Tim 4:3-4 (KJV)

ADEBOYE AND THE SABBATH

What then did Adeboye wrote about the Seventh-Day Sabbath?

The devotional called “Open Heavens” is a devotional used worldwide by both members of the Redeem Christian Church of God and other Pentecostals who also accept the teachings of Pastor Adeboye. On January 7th, 2016, the topic for the devotional was “Day Seven Blessing” in which Pastor E. A. Adeboye truthfully accepted the fact that “Rest is the divine blessing which God bestowed upon His creation, particularly man.”[1]

He also wrote the following statement:

“Many people do not know that rest is a divine benevolence which God Himself demonstrated as vital to good life and longevity. It is also obligatory for us to observe sabbatical rest.”

It should be noted above that the statement was mixed with little error. Though accepting the Seventh-day Sabbath was God ordain, he failed to use the Biblical word “Sabbath” which in the Hebrew means “Rest” but rather he consistently used the word “Sabbatical” or “Sabbatical Rest.” In fact he used the word sabbatical 6 times.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of Sabbatical means:

“Adjective: 1. of relating to sabbatical year. 2. Of relating to the Sabbath”

“Noun: 1. A period of time during which someone does not work at his or her regular job and is able to rest, travel, do research, etc. 2. Leave. 3. A break or change from a normal routine (as of employment)”

The second definition is exactly how Pastor E. A. Adeboye regards the Sabbath of the 4th commandment in the Decalogue. After quoting the 4th Commandment of Exodus 20:8-11, showing that the 4th commandment was still binding on all Christian, He wrote in the following explaining why many Christians are not benefiting from the sabbatical ordinance:

“Some children of God are not benefiting from this sabbatical ordinance because they are obsessed with the goal they have set for themselves. While it is good to set goals for yourself because the Bible in Proverbs 10:4 says; “He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich”, at the same time, you must not set the goal that makes you a sabbatical law breaker. You must take time to rest as at when due.

Take note of the last sentence. He did not acknowledge that the Sabbath day which God had designed for man was the seventh day (Saturday), but he advised his followers and readers to just take any time to rest. In fact to use his own word, he wrote:

“I pray that you will not labour and miss out on the fruit of your labour in Jesus’ name. This prayer can only be answered if you respect the sabbatical law and always find a day to rest and commune with your God who gives you power to make wealth.”

As you can see in the above statement, truth was mixed with error. Whether he did it intentionally or unintentionally, the truth of the matter is that the statement was an advice to all members of RCCG worldwide to “always find a day to rest and commune with your God” and not the Seventh-day that God Himself had blessed, sanctified and given to man as his own holy day.

In his closing remark, he wrote the following:

“Action Point: Choose a day of the week when you rest from all your labour.”

That means, we are free to disregard God’s chosen day and choose a day for ourselves to rest and commune with our God.

This is a false claim. In fact, one sincere member of the RCCG on the website given below asked this question:

“Which day is actually the Sabbath day? Saturday or Sunday or can we use our discretion to chose the Sabbath day?”

And the answer that was given to him by another member was this:

“I believe that you can choose any day as Sabbath based on the Action point for today.”

Can you see how misleading these devotional can be. All are wondering after the Pastor’s teachings as in the last days many shall “wondered after the beast (Papal Rome).” Rev 13:3.

Another member called the Pastor’s teaching a “wonderful teaching” and pray that “Daddy G. O” will continue this teaching. He wrote:

“Father I thank you for this wonderful teaching about the creation. Give our Daady more wisdom to teach us your word, Amen.”

May God help us to study for ourselves what truth is and not what others think it is.

GOD AND THE SABBATH[2]

But the following are some Bible quote about the perpetuity of the Sabbath being the Seventh-day (Saturday).

The Sabbath Before Sin entered the world

“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.” Gen 2:1-3 (KJV)

The Sabbath was part of God laws and commandment After Sin entered the world

“Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.” Gen 26:5 (KJV)

The Sabbath is regarded as the commandment and laws of God before Mount Sinai Ten Commandments

“And he said unto them, This is that which the LORD hath said, To morrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the LORD: bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning.” Ex 16:23 (KJV)

“And it came to pass, that there went out some of the people on the seventh day for to gather, and they found none. And the LORD said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws?” Ex 16:27-28 (KJV)

The Sabbath is part of the Ten commandment given at Sinai

“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.” Ex 20:8-11 (KJV)

God called the Sabbath His Holy Day and not the First day of the week and he will bless all who keep this day not any other day

“If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.” Isaiah 58:13-14 (KJV)

Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath and not Sunday or first day of the week

“For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.” Matt 12:8 (KJV)

 

 

[1] See the link for Pastor Adeboye’s commentary: http://www.openheavensdaily.com/2016/01/day-seven-blessing-thursday-january-7th.html#more

[2] For some further explanation on the Sabbath and which day it is, follow the link. http://www.sabbathtruth.com/faq/advanced-topics/weighing-the-evidence