Tuesday, September 20, 2016

It is the Parents’ Duty to Raise the Child

First and foremost, the bringing up of children “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” is something which is to be done in the home and by the parents.  This is the emphasis throughout the Bible.  It is not something that is to be handed over to the school, however good the school may be.  It is the duty of parents, their primary and most essential duty.  It is their responsibility, and they are not to hand over this responsibility to another.  I emphasize this because we are all well aware of what has been happening increasingly during this present century.  More and more, parents have been transferring their responsibilities and their duties to the schools.  I regard this as a most serious matter.  There is no more important influence in the life of a child than the influence of the home.  The home is the fundamental unit of society, and children are born into a home, into a family.  There you have the circle that is to be the chief influence in their lives.  There is no question about that.  . . .

The teaching of the Scripture is that the child’s welfare, the child’s soul, should always be the primary consideration; and all matters of prestige — not to use any other term — and all matters of ambition should be put severely aside.  Anything that militates against the child’s soul, and its knowledge of God and the Lord Jesus Christ, should be rejected.  The first consideration invariably should be the soul and its relationship to God.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Life in the Spirit in Marriage, Home & Work: An Exposition of Ephesians 5:18-6:9, pg. 293-294

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