THEY WILL NOT MAKE THEM ATTEND ALL THE SERVICES
As long as they live in your home and receive all the benefits of that home, they must be made to be in all the church meetings. You are not to stick around and lament their lack of spirituality; church attendance is required whether they are loving it or not.
THEY WILL NOT THROW OUT THE TELEVISION SET
The “sin box” is the greatest detriment to your child's salvation that you can have in your house. The Lord's name is taken in vain, and you sit there and do nothing. Fornication comes into your living room, and your children are feeding on it until they become inflamed and strike out after the world.
THEY WILL NOT KEEP THEM FROM DATING THE LOST
We are commanded to keep our children from marrying the lost (2 Cor. 6:14; Deut. 7:3,4). Since dating always precedes marriage we must not allow them to date the unsaved while they are under our roof.
THEY WILL NOT HAVE MEANINGFUL FAMILY DEVOTIONS
Most Christians have no family devotions at all. When they do become convicted about this neglect, they often have family devotions just so they can say they did it. The father should see that a meaningful time of Bible reading and prayer is conducted with questions and answers for all to profit.
THEY WILL NOT SPANK THEIR CHILDREN
A father who does not spank his children does not love them (Prov. 13:24).
A failure to discipline will lead to a surly manner and lack of respect.
Overlooking disobedience will lead to open defiance in the teen years. It is great wisdom on the part of a parent to spank the child (Prov. 19:18; 23:13,14).
THEY WILL NOT ENROLL THEM IN A CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
Fathers who keep their children in public school for sports are very foolish. There is nothing spiritual about sports in a pagan schoolhouse. Enter them in a Christian school and don't ask them whether they want to go--just do it. Cancel your IRA, trade down the car, sell the house, do what you have to do, but don't let the heathen have them to educate (Jer. 10:2). [Note from Brother Cloud: In our experience, a good home schooling education is often superior educationally and spiritually than one from a Christian school.]
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