THE SERVANT GENERAL
LIBERALS IN HIGH PLACES - 3
February 12, 2015
Now this is about members appointed by Pope Francis to the
special commission on the sexual abuse of children. Pope Francis
says spanking is OK. This lady says spanking is wrong.
Spanking of course is OK, as it is Biblical, and makes a lot
of pastoral sense (if you care to read further, I have attached
below what I wrote in the book “Families in the Holy
Spirit”). The reality is that many children have gone
astray because of the lack of right discipline in the home,
especially from fathers.
But the bleeding-heart liberals and modernists simply reject
this. They talk of the rights of the child (while murdering
the unborn child in the womb in gruesome ways). They talk
of the negative effects on the child, citing human psychology
rather than Biblical wisdom.
What has happened to tough love?
Abuse commission members question Pope's statement
on parents spanking children
World News - February 09, 2015
of a special papal commission on the sexual abuse of children
took issue with public comments by Pope Francis on spanking,
during a press conference on February 7.
During his regular weekly public audience on Wednesday, February
4, the Pope had said that there was no inherent problem with
spanking, provided that parents did not harm the dignity of
Krysten Winter-Green, a member of the papal commission, said
that she hoped to have an opportunity to speak with the Pontiff
on that subject, and perhaps change his mind. She said that
any use of force, by someone in a position of power over a
child, is wrong.
(From “Families in the Holy Spirit” on “Discipline”)
The third way by which we raise our children in the Lord is
has to do with instruction, with correction, with chastisement.
It is intended to make a child realize what is the right way
of speaking or acting, or to realize the folly of what is
said or done, such that it will not be repeated. Discipline
is intended to result in orderly conduct, in accordance with
young children, from about one year old, what may be often
needed is physical discipline, in the form of corporal punishment.
The effective method of corporal punishment is spanking. The
wisdom of the Bible tells us that “Folly is close to
the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive
it far from him.” (Prv 22:15).
the modern world frowns on spanking, perhaps seeing the many
instances of child abuse from parents. But God intends physical
discipline to be a sign of love, as a manifestation of our
desire to put our children on the right track. And if we do
not do such discipline, then this may actually be a failure
in love! From the Bible we learn that “He who spares
his rod hates his son, but he who loves him takes care to
chastise him.” (Prv 13:24).
discipline should be done in love, with the right motivation.
It should not be done out of anger and should not be disproportionate
to the wrong said or done. A clear explanation should be given
as to why one is given a spanking. And after the spanking,
the parent may express words of comfort (not apology!) to
and manifest acceptance for the child, affirming one’s
love. Also, at this time or some time later, the parent should
take this occasion to instruct the child how to act rightly
in the future.
Bible gives further instructions. “Withhold not chastisement
from a boy; if you beat him with the rod, he will not die.
Beat him with the rod, and you will save him from the nether
world.” (Prv 23:13-14). We are clearly instructed not
to withhold chastisement. And when we do spank our children,
this will inflict pain, but will not result in serious injury.
The proper form of spanking is on the buttocks, and God has
provided a good amount of padding on children’s behinds
such that they will feel the sting of a good spanking, but
will not have any lasting pain or injury. What hopefully will
last is the lesson learned. And with the lesson learned, with
orderly conduct restored, with life back on track, the child
will be on the way to living a life that will lead not to
hell but to heaven.
children grow older (there is no set upper age limit), and
as parents have consistently administered physical discipline,
such that their authority would already be firmly established
in their growing children, there should be less and less need
to administer spanking. More and more, discipline can take
other forms, such as verbal correction or the withholding
Many parents need to realize that discipline, done in the
right way and with the proper motivation, is truly a sign
of love. Indeed, “Better is an open rebuke than a love
that remains hidden.” (Prv 27:5). Parents normally just
want what is best for their children, for their children to
be happy and fulfilled in life. More specifically, Christian
parents ought to want their children to live a life in the
Lord and ultimately make it to heaven. Our joy as parents
ought to be in seeing our children grow up knowing, loving
and serving God. One way we assure this is through correction
and discipline. As the Bible assures us, “Correct your
son, and he will bring you comfort, and give delight to your
soul.” (Prv 29:17).
future of comfort and delight is assured not only to parents,
but to the children themselves who welcome discipline. As
the words of Scripture exhort them, “My son, from your
youth embrace discipline; thus will you find wisdom with graying
hair.” (Sir 6:18).
is something that God himself does to us as his children,
in order to keep us on the right track. Moses told God’s
chosen people that they “must realize that the Lord,
your God, disciplines you even as a man disciplines his son.”
(Dt 8:5). If we parents are to stand in God’s place
and take care of the children He entrusts in our care, we
need to use discipline, just as He himself does.
in youth helps people gain the wisdom to see future trials
in their proper light, things to be endured as part of the
discipline of God, which ultimately leads to holiness. Thus
the writer of the letter to the Hebrews advises us not to
forget the exhortation addressed to us as sons (and daughters):
Citing from Proverbs 3:11-12, “My son, do not disdain
the discipline of the Lord or lose heart when reproved by
him; for whom the Lord loves, he disciplines; he scourges
every son he acknowledges.”, he then continues, “Endure
your trials as ‘discipline’; God treats you as
sons. For what ‘son’ is there whom his father
does not discipline? If you are without discipline, in which
all have shared, you are not sons but bastards. Besides this,
we have had our earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected
them. Should we not then submit all the more to the Father
of spirits and live? They disciplined us for a short time
as seemed right to them, but he does so for our benefit, in
order that we may share his holiness. At the time, all discipline
seems a cause not for joy but for pain, yet later it brings
the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who are trained
by it.” (Heb 12:5-11).
passage of Scripture tells us some very important points about
A child who is not disciplined by a father is not a son
but a bastard. In other words, discipline in the family
is a sign of love and care and belonging.
is for the child’s benefit. Thus children should not
disdain it. Further, they should not only submit to it,
but also respect their parents for it.
may be painful for the moment (as it is intended to be),
but will bear the good fruit of a life of peace, righteousness
Discipline is of God. Discipline is God’s own way of
dealing with us His children. Discipline is an important means
by which we raise our children in the Lord.