Spanking Your Children Is Biblical

By David J. Stewart | August 2011 | Updated October 2014

"But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than AN INFIDEL." —1st Timothy 5:8

       The Bible teaches that a parent who loves their child will spank them. Proverbs 13:24, “He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.” Proverbs 29:15, “The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.” America's prisons are filled with youth and adults whose parents didn't agree with God. No parent is right with God who allows their children to run the streets, not knowing where they're at all times and keeping tabs on them. It is every parent's responsibility to protect their child, to keep away from bad influences. The Devil knows that children are very impressionable and he has a bid for your child!

God put that padded area in the back for a reason. A child should only be spanked on the buttocks, which is why God made that area well upholstered. Child abuse is a sin. No parent should ever knee-jerk their child in anger. A good ole belt across the rear-end hurts like heck, but won't break a bone. Sticks or boards are hard and should not be used. Hard objects should not be used, which may cause injury. In the old days, parents would make a flexible switch from a small tree branch. Perhaps you think that whipping your child is abuse, but not disciplining a child (so that they grow up to spend their life rotting behind bars in prison as a criminal) is a thousand times worse!

I thank God for a tough dad! I remember as a 17-year-old teenager asking my dad if I could ride the public transit trains in Chicago with my friends. He asked where I was going. I said that we were just going to ride the trains and have fun (and that was the truth). I'll never forget what he sternly said to me... “You're my son and not a bum. No! I want to know where you're going at all times, and be able to call you on the phone to reach you.” I was upset at the time and thought my dad was a jerk, but today decades later, I thank God so much that my dad kept tabs on me.

Back around 1990 there was a nursing home on our Bus Ministry route. We visited and witnessed to the people in the home. There was a young man in his 20's name Carlos, who at the age of 19 was walking down the street with his friends. A passing car mistook them for a rival gang and fired some shots from a gun. Carlos was paralyzed instantly, left a permanent quadriplegic. Can you imagine? He cannot feed himself. He cannot clean himself. He cannot hug anybody. He cannot do anything except sit in a wheelchair and rely upon others to do everything for him. When I was age 18-26 I was working by night and going to Bible College by day. It kept me out of trouble. Lamentations 3:27, “It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.”

All across America there are idle youth being recruited to join street gangs as drug-dealers, pimps and thugs. The reason is because they have nothing better going for them. Where are their parents? One-third of U.S. children have no father in the home. In some place, like southeast Washington, it's 84%! No wonder our nation has gone to hell. Our prisons are filling up. Families cannot make it anymore. We've lost our backbone and integrity, becoming indifferent and decadent.

When I get discouraged I think about Carlos and dare not stay down for long. We are so blessed of God. I want to vomit when I hear ingrates like Shakira (singer), Bill Maher (TV host)), Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy writer) and Sarah Silverman (comedian) blaspheming the dear Savior, Jesus Christ. We owe God gratitude for everything good that we have and enjoy in life. There is coming a day when those who blaspheme God will regret ever being born. Psalms 37:12-13, “The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth. The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.” Their day of reckoning in eternity is coming!

Chastisement is Always Done in Love for the Benefit of the Child

Oftentimes parents punish their children for the wrong reasons, because they are angry about something (or at their children); but proper Christian discipline is for the benefit of the child. Hebrews 12:10, “For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.” We learn in Deuteronomy 8:1-5 that the reason God allowed the Israelites to struggle, hunger and thirst, and wander in the wilderness for 40 years was to humble, teach, test and chastise them. The same God today hasn't changed in 3,500 years (Malachi 3:6).

This is an important lesson for parents. God often doesn't answer our prayers right away to test us, humble us, chastise us, and teach us. God didn't just give food and water to the Jews. God waited until they were thirsty to the point of dehydration. God withheld food until they felt that they were starving. God tested them, to see how they'd react when the going got tough. Instead of trusting and thanking God, they complained and rebelled. They failed the tests God gave them. So God had to chastise them repeatedly. This is exactly the way God operates still today. People get angry and rebel against God because God makes them wait, forces them to trust Him, and doesn't spoil them. There is much to be learned from all this as parents.

Please notice that God did provide food and water for the Israelites, but it was in His time. Kids today open the refrigerator and eat them themselves obese. Kids today lack character, as do their parents. We are living in a characterless society—people spend recklessly, eat like pigs, have sex irresponsibly, repeat all the gossip they hear, and are shady in business. If we are to be good parents, then we are to chastise our children.

Please note that there is a difference between punishment and chastisement. Punishment is to recompense evil for evil; but chastisement is to discipline in order to refine, teach and build a child's character. God chastises His children (Hebrews 12:6-8) to conform us to Christ's image (Romans 8:29); but He will punish the wicked in Hell for all eternity (2nd Thessalonians 1:8-9).

We are living in wicked times, where it is considered child abuse to spank a child...

Texas Mother Punished for Spanking Daughter
June 17, 2011

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX - Sentenced for spanking — a mother from Corpus Christi, Texas, gets 5 years probation and a fine. In December, police arrested Rosalina Gonzales for spanking her daughter. The child was almost two years old. Her daughter's grandmother noticed red marks on the child's rear end and took her to the hospital to be checked out.

Gonzales was in court Wednesday to plead guilty to the charge after reaching an agreement with prosecutors. She'll be on probation for five years and will have to take parenting classes, follow all CPS guidelines, and make a one-time $50 payment to the Children's Advocacy Center.

"You don't spank children today. In the old days, maybe we got spanked, but there was a different quarrel. You don't spank children. You understand?" the judge told Gonzales. Gonzales does not have custody of the child or her other two children. She is working with CPS to get them back, but until the state feels that she is ready, the kids will remain with their paternal grandmother.

SOURCE: Texas Mother Punished for Spanking Daughter

This judge is an idiot! The Texas judge told the poor mother, “You don't spank children. You understand?” That judge belongs at McDonalds cleaning tables where he can't hurt anyone. That arrogant judge is usurping his authority over God's Commandments. The Bible teaches for parents to spank their children in Proverb 23:13, “Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.” In other words, if you discipline your child now then someone else won't have to do it when they get older. It must be done in love, for that is God's way.

If parents aren't allowed to spank their children, then those kids are going to grow up to become spoiled out-of-control brats. Children need to be spanked!!! God says to do it. Who are you going to listen to, God or some liberal heathen judge? America is going to Hell. Please learn about the evil 4th Branch of government (MP3 download) that requires judges to steal your children away. It's an evil racket!

Gene Wilder who starred in Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory is an American icon. Some foolish parents and liberal feminists were angry when the Willy Wonka movie came out in the 1970's, because the film taught the need for disciplining bratty children. The movie was actually made for parents and not children, although it is still a children's favorite today. The movie focuses on dumb parents who allow their children to become spoiled. I love what Gene Wilder said in an interview about the movie. Wilder said that children need to know that there are limits and they want those limits enforced. I couldn't have said it any better. Children won't feel loved unless they know that someone cares enough about them to set limits.

“Children need to know that there are limits and they want those limits enforced.” —Actor Gene Wilder

We are living in wicked times, where it is considered child abuse not to spoil your children. Kids are brats these days, sassy, and have no respect for their elders. In the old days if you misbehaved, you were sent to bed without eating dinner. They came closer to being right than these idiot parents today who won't discipline their children. I'm not endorsing making children eat soap for cursing, that is stupid. Don't do that.

However, NEVER chastise your child by keeping them from a Christian youth activity or church. That is stupid too. Please understand that all discipline MUST be done in love, explaining to the child exact what is going on, or else discipline may be counter-productive. I know a high school teacher in a Christian school who took a belt and spanked her 15-year-old daughter in front of her classmates. That mother is an idiot. That's how to drive your child away and make them despise you. Discipline must always be done in respect, privately, with love and never in anger. It is a wise policy not to discipline a child while the parent is emotional and angry.

The Importance of Attending a Local New Testament Church

There should be an established rule for the child, and a predetermined discipline, so that emotions aren't making the decisions. There is a fine line between Biblical chastisement and demonic child abuse. Love will always prevent a parent from going too far. A child should be disciplined until their will is broken, or else they will build up anger and bitterness. This is why it is of the utmost importance to have the entire family in Sunday School and Church. It is very difficult for a family to grow in the Lord, and maintain a proper spiritual frame of mind, when they aren't actively involved in a local New Testament Church. The Church is our spiritual family, the house of God. Most of America's problems today are the result of the deterioration of our churches.

I once knew a teacher who spanked her teenage daughter in front of the whole class with a belt. The girl cried in front of all her peers. That mother is an idiot. Use wisdom and above all, put yourself into the shoes of your child. Try to understand what they are feeling. Spank your children, but do it in love. You should never spank a child without sitting them down and explaining what they did wrong. What rule was broken?

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