Article: In Defense of Biblical Chastisement, Part 1 - No Greater Joy Ministrieshttp://www.nogreaterjoy.org/articles/general-view/archive/2001/may/01/in-defense-of-biblical-chastisement-part-1/[10/3/2011 1:48:35 PM]
felt. Having never experienced it, they do not understand the meaningof loving discipline applied for the child’s own good. And they cannotfathom the sweet fruit that the properly applied rod produces in thesoul of the child.
Misuse of the rod does not invalidate its proper application.
Opponents of the Biblical use of the rod support their position by pointing to its occasional misuse. It is our contention that all authority is misused from time to time, but that misuse does not negate thelegitimacy of the office itself, rather of the ones who abuse their sacredauthority. When the courts are unjust or dishonest, we do not abolishthe office of judge or the administration of law. When a law-enforcement agent is corrupted by money or a desire for power, we donot fire all the policemen. When a president of the United States ishedonistic and sells favors, enriching himself through crooked deals, wedo not resort to a dictatorship. When state social workers molestchildren and abuse them, we do not stop all social work. We seek outthe offenders and punish them according to their culpability. Likewise when some parents misuse their sacred trust and hurt their children inthe name of spanking them, we do not abdicate our sacred duty to apply the rod as the Word of God has commanded. And if the governmentshould abuse its power by commanding us not to obey God in thisregard, we cannot but obey God and suffer the consequences of theirabuse of power until justice and common sense once again prevail. Ourchildren are worth it, and it would be the greatest tragedy for them toturn out like the average American child raised under the new,politically correct philosophy.
Please understand us.
We would like to vindicate ourselves and our practices, to win the worldover to our views, to convince the courts and society to return tosomething that actually works, but we know that ultimately we willnever convince those who hold an entirely different world-view. It is not just a difference of opinion about what technique is best in rearingchildren. It is a matter of basic presuppositions. To give up the use of the rod is to give up our views of human nature, God, eternity, judgment, etc. Most of all, to give up the use of the rod is to abandonour children to a fate that is more cruel than jail—a life of self-will andunruliness.
Spanking is a non-negotiable asfar as the Pearls are concerned.