Today's Christian thought: Monday December 8th, 2003

Spare the rod, give them Ritilin.

There are two ways of dealing with a difficult child, the one is the way God the Creator tells us to use, the other is the way those who oppose God the Creator insist we use.

First, I must tell you that every last thing that Prozac and Ritilin are prescribed for is a behavior problem and not a disease. Now let us see how God the Creator of the Universe and all things tells us, as parents, how to deal with children who have a behavior problem.

For whom the LORD loves He corrects; even as a father the son in whom he delights. (Proverbs 3:12)

He that spares his rod hates his son: but he that loves him chastises him betimes. (Proverbs 13:24)

Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him. (Proverbs 22:15)

Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell. (Proverbs 23:13 &14)

The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself brings his mother to shame. (Proverbs 29:15)

Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chastises his son, so the LORD thy God chastises thee. (Deuteronomy 8:5)

For whom the Lord loves He chastises, and scourges every son whom He receives. If ye endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chastises not? (Hebrews 12:6&7)

So, the Lord God Creator of all things tells us that when our kids get out of hand, we are to discipline them and that disciplining with the rod or switch is not only alright, it is at times mandatory. For God tells us that if we love our children, we will discipline them. He goes on and tells us that a good solid spanking will not kill our kids, even though they will scream loud enough to make the neighbors believe that they are being killed.

Secular society tells us to ignore God and give our children mind altering drugs like Ridilon or Prozac. They tell you not to show your love by spanking your children, but instead give them a pill. For those who listen to the secular world and would rather be your child's best friend instead of parent, go ahead and give them drugs instead of a spanking, but, let me remind you of one thing. It is not the secular councilor you will stand before on judgement day, it is God!

And I saw a great white throne, and Him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God;... (Revelation 20:11&12)

In closing, I have saved the best for last. Girls, when God says son, as in "He that spares his rod hates his son: but he that loves him chastises him" He is also talking about daughters.

Pray for my friend Mac, pray for Rush and Michael Savage. While the Lord does not need the platforms and audiences that Rush and Michael have, they, Rush, Michael and their audiences need the Lord.

The Lord God of the Universe, Messiah Y'shua be with you all, amen.

It is better to be a horse fly in the stables of the Lord Jesus than the CEO of hell.

All Scripture quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.

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