When Michael and Debi Pearl’s book “To Train Up a Child” hit the shelves in 1994, little did people realize that the book would be claimed to be the cause of abuse to children which would result in deaths. Corporal punishment is the controversy as the book suggests ways to discipline children by administering the “spare the rod and spoil the child”.http://www.examiner.com/article/to-train-up-a-child-related-deaths-are-back
The real travesty are the accusers of “To Train Up a Child” implying that Jesus Christ sanctions abusing your children with beatings or starvation, actions that parents of battered children are touted to be following Bible teaching. No place in the scriptures does Jesus condone hurting anyone, however it has not stop the haters from pretending that child abuse comes from Christian teaching to children in their care.
The book has been found in parents' homes arrested for child abuse, but it does not mean they were following the tactics in the “To Train Up a Child”. There have been infinitely more books on child rearing under the concepts of Dr. Benjamin Spock that could have spawned child abuse also, but nobody has ever come close to suggesting Dr. Spock’s concepts helped foster child abuse or social issues. Didn't Dr. Spock's own child commit suicide?http://www.legacy.com/news/legends-and-legacies/dr-benjamin-spock-child-care-and-controversy/574/
There have adoptive parents that have acquired minority children and there have been cases where the minority child has ended up being abused or killed. Even though “To Train Up a Child” was part of the literature in the household, there could also have been racial overtones that could better explain the brutality suffered by the minority child at the hands of the adoptive parents.
Nevertheless the pounding of a square peg into a round hole serves the political purposes of those with an affinity to religion by blaming the authors of the book “To Train Up a Child”. Even though the book never even suggests to take the severe punishment to the levels the parents used that ultimately ended in the death of the child, the haters still insist on linking the book to the killings.
Enduring false accusations goes with the territory of following Christian beliefs, and it is not unusual for persecution to take that form if it is expedient to the agenda of those that are against Bible teachings. One cannot come out and bash Christianity directly, but sniping at the concepts in safe targets as the Pearl’s book is quite sufficient.
Animosity towards traditional Christian values is growing not only in America, but worldwide. Intolerance of the standards followed by Christians is being displayed in fundamental beliefs as marriage, Christian homeschooling, Christ based standards in prayer, and legislation designed to undermine Christian expression.
The toxic talk being generated against the book “To Train Up a Child” is a typical knee jerk reaction to people that do not want anything from God and not only personally object to anything Biblical, but also do want anybody else using Christian standards.
The persecution against Christian expression and also of her sister Jewish religion has increased dramatically in the last decade. It is no coincidence that aggression against Yahweh God has come out both in the Jewish and Christian culture.
The distortions being presented against the book “To Train Up a Child” is a microcosm of intolerance that has been increasingly growing in America. Using Biblical standards to guide public policy, values, and behavior has been a cornerstone of America for generations past. It is only recently that merely vocalizing traditional Christian values will bring out the wrath of those hating God and what the Bible stands for.
Christians and Jews really are not wrestling against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, against spiritual wickedness in high places, the dark forces of this world as stated in Ephesians 6: 12.
The Author and Finisher of the faith clearly warned these struggles would take place.