False Doctrine of Spanking

Jesus alone is to be the stumbling block to salvation. People who reject the Lord should do so because they arefuse to believe he is God and man; refuse to believe he died for their sins; refuse to believe that God loves them and would offer them the free gift of grace and salvation. When the church adds a requirement that believers strike their children to prove their salvation and save their children they cannot cry persecution in the name of Christ. That is persecution for their actions, not preaching the Gospel. The Gospel is good news and if the church makes it bad they are failing to fulfill the Great Command and Commission. This is especially true when witnessing to the pagan community who generally finds the idea of spanking a child both sexual and offensive while they need God’s love as much as anyone. If the church wants to be effective witnessing to the growing pagan community the doctrine of spanking must be reevaluated completely. First and foremost the church must take a stand against those groups within the body who have entertwined the idea of spanking with proving or guaranteeing salvation.

Exodus 21:20
The history of Rabbinical interpretation of the rod verses is found in Martin, Samuel. The Rod And Thy Staff They Comfort Me: Christians and the Spanking Controversy. Samuel Martin: 2006. Martin is a Jewish Christian living in Israel and studies this with a uniquely Hebraic perspective.
This line is actually found in Samuel Butler’s satirical poem Hudibras , commenting on the Cromwellians and the Presbyterian church. In the poem the line appears in the context of Domestic Discipline between a man and a woman. Part II, Canto I, ll. 839-44.
See the Spencer Spanking Plan by Dorothy Spencer. It is out of print but can be read online at ecstagony.com. Please be warned that this is the first official published manual for Domestic Discipline.
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” Our belief in a sovereign God prompts belief in standards of behavior that are not relative, but are absolutes. Absolutes are absolutely critical, not to be taken lightly. Thus the believer’s child training methods will express the conviction that children must be directed to walk the path of truth and holiness. Those who believe otherwise will be lax and indifferent, not appreciating our serious commitment to obedience. Belief in ultimate accountability dictates practicing short-range accountability, which is part of what the rod is about.” Page 2; “The rod is the parents’ main tangible aid to bring the child to understand the judgment of God–and eventually the grace of God.”, Pg 50 of To Train Up a Child. Michael Pearl. Self-published. You can read the beginning of the book online at http://www.gospeltruth.net/children/pearl_tuac.htm
“The spanking is designed to rescue the child from continuing in his foolishness. If he continues, his doom is certain. Thus, the parent, driven by love for the child, must use the rod” (p. 106 revised edition) Tripp, Ted. Shepherding A Child’s Heart. Cornerstorne Publishing: July, 2003.
“People call it spanking, popping, smacking, paddling and a number of other things that often make it sound less serious than it really is. I believe it’s an assault. It is violence against our young; some of the most vulnerable beings on the planet. What’s worse is that it is violence inflicted on children by the very people that are supposed to protect and cherish them.
I do not look at spanking as simply another choice a parent can make, but rather as a violation of the human rights of a child.”
“A Gentle Parent’s View of Corporal Punishment – Calling Spanking Out for What it Is.” Kristina B. The People’s Media Company: Feb 1, 2007 http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/131444/a_gentle_parents_view_of_corporal_punishment.html
Deuteronomy 11:13-14; Matthew 22:37-40
Mark 16:5; Romans 1:16
This conclusion is based on first hand testimonies of former pagans who are members of the website Gentle Christian Mothers and is not based on an interview with any one mother but rather the postings of many similar mothers.
The author was present and walked out of this seminar and heard these things first hand.
Matthew 25:40
Mark 9:42
Col 3:21; The admission is recorded in The Spanking Debate, Primary Focus.
The Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution was not ratified until January 31, 1865.
“In 1872, Alabama became the first state to outlaw domestic violence, followed by Massachusetts that same year. By 1911, all states except Mississippi had outlawed domestic violence.” Taken from http://www.opdv.state.ny.us/public_awareness/bulletins/spring2000/difference.html which also informs that the first domestic violence shelter in NYC was not opened until 1976 and most action on behalf of abused women was not taken until the 1980’s.

Works Cited

“A Gentle Parent’s View of Corporal Punishment – Calling Spanking Out for What it Is.” Kristina B. The People’s Media Company: Feb 1, 2007

Martin, Samuel. The Rod And Thy Staff They Comfort Me: Christians and the Spanking Controversy. Samuel Martin: 2006.
OPDV Bulletin: The Power to Make a Difference. New York City. Posted at http://www.opdv.state.ny.us/public_awareness/bulletins/spring2000/difference.html

Spencer, Dorothy. Spencer Spanking Plan.. Out of print but can be read online at ecstagony.com.

Pearl, Michael. To Train Up a Child. Self-published.

The Spanking Debate, Primary Focus Episode 502.

“A Gentle Parent’s View of Corporal Punishment – Calling Spanking Out for What it Is.” Kristina B. The People’s Media Company: Feb 1, 2007

Tripp, Ted. Shepherding A Child’s Heart. Cornerstorne Publishing: July, 2003.

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