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Christian Education

Christian Education

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY HENRY KOLLOCK, D. D.



Ephesians vi. 4.

" And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath ;
kut bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the
Lord."
BY HENRY KOLLOCK, D. D.



Ephesians vi. 4.

" And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath ;
kut bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the
Lord."

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CHRISTIA EDUCATIOBY HERY KOLLOCK, D. D.Ephesians vi. 4." And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath ;kut bring them up in the nurture and admonition of theLord."WHE in any churches where pure religionhas once flourished, we behold corrupt manners andlicentious sentiments, a diminution in the zeal andnumber of the disciples of Jesus, and an augmenta-tion of the votaries of vanity and sin ; we shallgenerally find that this lamentable degeneracy hasbeen caused in a great degree by a neglect of chris-tian education. If in such places we would wishto restore the holiness and fervour of former times,perhaps no single mean can be employed, that is soefficacious, as a strict and faithful regard to this duty.A subject of such consequence deserves our se-rious consideration. Favour us then with your at-tention while we enquire,I. What is implied in a christian education ; andA2 SERMO I.II. What are those motives which should exciteparents to bestow it upon their children.The nature of this duty, and the inducementswhich should urge us to comply with it, form then
 
the whole division of the ensuing discourse.I. What then is implied in a christian educa-tion ? What is that duty to which St. Paul exhortsparents, when he charges them " not to provoketheir children to wrath, but to bring them up in thenurture and admonition of the Lord ?" This chris-tian education, this sacred duty, includes these fourthings — wise discipline ¦, salutary instruction, holy ex-ample, fervent prayer.1. A wise discipline is essential to a christian edu-cation. In vain will you hope to lead your childrenin the ways of piety, if you do not begin whilethey are yet young, to exercise over them a strictbut affectionate discipline ; if you do not teach themfrom the very cradle, that instead of acting accord-ing to their own wayward fancies, they are to beregulated by the will of God, and their parents.— Give the reins to their inclinations, suffer them toact as they please, let them have no other restraintthan their own wishes and desires, and they are inthe direct road to misery, to vice, and to perdition ;they will perhaps live to curse that weak fond-ness, which strengthened vicious habits and plungedthem into guilt — to execrate those criminal com*SERMO L 5pliances which have laid the foundation of their un=happiness, by cherishing furious passions, and inca-pacitating them to bear with disappointment. — Go-vern them then with a firm and steady hand. Be-gin to bend the twig while it is yet flexible ; in afew years it will become a sturdy oak and resist allyour efforts. The vicious propensities of children,the fruit of their original corruption, are early to bediscerned. On their first appearance, endeavour to
 
extirpate them, and exercise your authority to pre-vent the formation of criminal habits. Keep awatch over their tongues. Do not like so many in- judicious parents, encourage lying or ill-nature, bysmiling at a false or malignant expression, if it havesome degree of smartness. Do not nourish theirpride by excessive commendation and flattery, byloading them with pageantry and gorgeous orna-ments. Do not cultivate their revenge by teachingthem to direct their feeble yet malicious strokes,against the persons or things that have injured them.Do not inspire a relentless and tyrannical disposition,by permitting them to torture various species of animals. Do not encourage a worldly spirit, by con-tinually proposing the riches or honours of earth, asthe recompence which they may expect for theirgoodness, while the favour of God is scarcely evermentioned as an object worthy to be aspired after.Do not suffer them to be exposed to unnecessarytemptations, which, while their judgement is im-mature and their reason without the aids of expe-4 SERMO I.rience, will almost inevitably plunge them into sin.But on the contrary, by a steady exercise of dis-cipline, accustom them to the utmost sincerity, jus-tice, and benevolence in their intercourse with theircompanions. Habituate them to controul their pas-sions and wishes. Accustom them to value time,and to flee from indolence, that canker of virtue anddestroyer of the soul. Teach them to be modest,to be humble, and exemplary in their deportment ;to reverence the ordinances and institutions of religion ; and to pray constantly to their HeavenlyFather. Thus strive, by an unintermitted courseof discipline, to implant virtuous habits, to preventSatan from gaining new authority in their souls, and

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