Posted by: missionventureministries | November 21, 2019

REASONS TO TEACH YOUR CHILDREN BIBLICAL TRUTH EVERY DAY – 1 Peter 4:17-18

For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? And, “If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?” (1 Peter 4:17-18) 

We are losing our children. Seventy-five to ninety percent of young people raised in Christian homes walk away from the Christian faith when they hit college. And, we need to understand that  it’s not more youth programs at church that will stop this trend. 

According to the Scriptures, the solution lies within the home. Christian parents need to take the time to teach their own children the commands of God’s Word. God commands Christian parents to train their children in the way they should go and this involves more than taking them to church. It involves teaching them, every day. 

There is nothing more important that you as a parent can do for your children than to teach them biblical truth. Why? Because, God commands parents to teach their children to reverence Him and to reinforce that teaching by living a holy life before their children; Proverbs 19:18 says: “Discipline your children, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to their death.”

Let us look a little closer why it is important to teach our children: 

Because they won’t learn it on their ownWe need to realize that no matter how good they look, your children have a sinful nature and they don’t really love or desire God. We need to understand that God’s primary means of bringing people to Himself is through discipleship, meaning, informed people explaining Scriptures to them. 

There are great examples in the Bible, like Philip inquiring of the Ethiopian eunuch, who was reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah, “Do you understand what you’re reading?” (Acts 8:31). And the answer was: “How can I? I need someone to explain it to me.” As you see, your children will never learn the Scriptures unless you or some Spirit filled person will teach them. 

Because their friends and teachers are leading them astray. Paul warns us against being deceived and declares that bad company corrupts good morals (1 Corinthians 15:33). The Bible also says that foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child (Proverbs 22:15). When a bunch of foolish kids get together, foolishness abounds. 

Most Christian parents have no idea what their children talk about with their friends or how much they are influenced by them and today’s culture. Observations have been given of those who have driven buses for Christian and public school athletic teams; and the conversations on those buses are no different, they are secular and certainly do not glorify God.  

Seven hours a day for nine months of the year, your children are being taught that God does not exist. And it’s not only in science class. When the math, English, or history teacher presents the material apart from the reality of God or without looking at it through the lens of Scripture, your children are being taught that God is not real. They are also being trained to think the way an evil, God hating world thinks. They see the world through evil and worldly lenses and not a biblical one. As such, your children are being led astray from truth.   

Because their electronic devices are leading them astray. From television shows, to music, to YouTube videos, to Facebook, and more, your children are being influenced away from Christ and to reject His Lordship.

Values and attitudes are shaped by entertainers, musicians, writers, advertisers, etc. If your child’s mind is being filled with nothing but the world’s evil messages, he can’t help but think like the world. This is why the Scriptures tell us constantly that we must renew our minds (Romans 12:1-2).  Therefore, unless we fill our minds with God’s truth, we will find it impossible to think in a way that glorifies God.  

Furthermore, salvation is not a matter of repeating some words in a prayer. It’s a matter of one’s mind and heart being changed by the grace and power of the Spirit. Ask yourself how much time your child spends in school, with friends, playing games on his phone or tablet versus how much time he or she spends learning about God. 

Because they are not learning truth at church. This is a shocking statement because you might be attending a good church with good teachers. But one hour or even two on a Sunday is not discipleship. It’s not nearly enough time to combat the ungodly influences on your children throughout the week. 

Most children in Sunday school and youth group, are not being taught what God’s Word actually says, they are wasting time on secular and worldly things, and unfortunately most teachers are not equipped to teach because they have not been taught themselves. 

Because you don’t really know what they believe if you don’t talk to them. You can assume your children are saved and even have some knowledge of the Scriptures. But unless you talk to them, probe their understanding and attitudes, explain the Word, and apply it to their hearts, you cannot know where they are in their spiritual walk.  

If you don’t spend time regularly talking with your children about what’s going on with them and applying the Scriptures to their lives in that regard, you will be very surprised one day when you find out they aren’t who you thought they were. If you care about your children, you will care about what they think and what influences their lives. 

Because you really do not love your children if you don’t teach them God’ truth. Biblical discipline is not only corrective but it builds a moral and spiritual foundation for their lives. Discipleship is formative discipline and involves teaching the things of God while discipline is corrective discipleship and involves rebuke, correction, and instruction. 

Moreover, in biblical terms, love is action, consequently, to love your children is to teach them the Scriptures. If you don’t teach them God’s Word, you do not love them. You basically do not care if they wreck their life and end up spending eternity in the Lake of Fire. 

This is a hard truth to swallow, but if you think about it carefully, you will see that is exactly what you are doing. 

Because God commands you to. Paul tells us to bring our children up in the training and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4). 

Again, we are to make disciples of our children. The way we do that is found in Deuteronomy 6:6-9: “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”  

If you’re not saturating your children with God’s word, you are being disobedient and rebellious; you are failing miserably and are leading them to destruction. 

Because Satan is real and is trying to destroy them. Peter gives us a critical command for our good: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). 

If we don’t think of our children as prey, they will be devoured, because, Satan will get to them through sex, drugs, violence, or he may get at them through the influence of rebellious friends or activist teachers. He will get them somehow through ideas that permeate our culture; so, your only means of protecting your children is Jesus Christ and His Word. 

Because children are sinful by nature and have no ability to overcome their own sinful nature. The truth is that if you simply leave your children to themselves, they will always choose the wrong path. It may be that God in His grace and providence uses someone else to point them to Christ; but you have no guarantee of that, and in reality, it’s almost certain that they will destroy their lives in sin. 

If seventy-five to ninety percent of young people who are raised in Christian homes walk away from the faith when they hit college, what will make your child different? These teenagers are walking away because they are not and have not been taught biblical truth by their parents. 

Because one day it will be too late. No one knows who will change their heart and maybe draw them near to God. But in practical terms, there will come a day when your child has chosen his beliefs and path in life.   

So remember, it doesn’t have to be that way. God has given us His word and told us what to do with it. The only way they will learn is from hearing, because faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ (Romans 10:17).

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SOURCE: Adapted from – Top Reasons to Teach Your Children Biblical Truth Every Day – by Dr. Paul Dean, April 13, 2015


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