The Significance of the Godly Family 1

Introduction:
How significant families are, in God's purpose! The family was the original, and most important, human institution. The Bible says, that every family derives its name from God. (Eph.3:14-15) He is a Father. The Lord's prayer commences with, “Our Father…” What is it that families are called to engage in, that makes them of such  importance, in God's plan?

I. Companionship:
* God was unhappy when Adam was initially alone. It was “…not good.” See also Ecc.4: 9-12.
* The family, beginning with the husband and wife, is the first place of companionship, where the members learn faithfulness, loyalty, interdependence and mutual assistance; in short, the bonds of marital love.

II. Reproduction:
* God commanded Adam and Eve to “be fruitful and multiply.” (Gen.1:28) He twice repeated this command to Noah (Gen.9:1,7) and also to Jacob (Gen.35:11).
* The world's idea of “double income-no kids” (DINKS) is not Biblical. St Paul's blunt advice to younger widows, was “to get married, bear children, keep house, and give the enemy no occasion for reproach.” (I Tim. 5:14) He also directed that older women, should teach younger women to “love their husbands, …[and] their children.” (Tit.2:4)
* The Bible doesn't teach us to have surrogate mothers, sperm-banks, test-tube babies, child-care centers, or kindergartens. The family home, is the place to raise children.
* Godly children are a blessing from the Lord, for every generation. (Ps.127:3)

III. Discipline:
* Physical discipline is commanded in scripture. Prov.20:30; 22:15.
* Discipline, as a Biblical responsibility, begins with Dad! He sets the standard. Prov.13:1; 23:13.
* The rod that is spared, leads to a child who is spoiled. All discipline should be, with the view of developing obedience and godliness in the child.
* Jesus Christ was oriented totally, around the commands of His Heavenly Father. Are our children learning to be oriented, around their needs and wants, or around God's commands?

IV. Discipleship:
* The making of disciples is primarily, a family responsibility. This can be shown from Abraham's life. (Gen.18:16-19)
* The church's role in discipleship, is scriptural and necessary, but secondary. The home is the first and most important, place of discipleship.

V. Education:
* All education is religious, because all subjects have religious presuppositions.
* Parents are responsible for education. Deut.6:6-7; Prov.22:6. The Bible makes no place for the State to have a role in the education of children.
* “I am very much afraid that the universities and schools will prove to be the very gates of hell, unless they diligently labor in explaining the holy scriptures, engraving them in the hearts of youth. I advise noone to place his child where the scriptures do not reign paramount …every institution in which men are not unceasingly occupied with the Word of God must become corrupt.” Martin Luther.
* “Education without the Bible is useless.” Noah Webster.
* "A government big enough to supply you with everything you need, is a government big enough to take away everything that you have…" – attributed to Davy Crockett.
* Hitler said, (Nov.6, 1933,) “Your child belongs to us… This new Reich will give its youth to no one, but will itself take youth and give to youth its own education and its own upbringing.” quoted in Shirer, W., The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, 1968, p.343.
* “Statist education in the U.S., has led to the highest illiteracy rate in its history.” R.J. Rushdoony, Roots of Reconstruction, 1991, p.36.
* “Education has to be about overthrowing the capitalist system, and making it socialist.” Joan Kirner, Victorian Fabian Socialist Pamphlet 41, 1984.
* “Children belong to the State.” Rod Cavalier, NSW Minister for Education, 1986.
* Education may be partially delegated, but never divorced, from the parents' values.
* Any curriculum utilised, or teachers employed by godly parents, would need to support their Biblical world-view, in all areas.
* “The end result of all education is a worldview…that worldview is either man-centred or God-centred.” Glen Schultz, 2003. 
* It is unthinkable, to permit a hostile world view (such as atheism, humanism, Darwinism, socialism, feminism or environmentalism) to have any place in a child's education. Hostile world-views however, may need to be carefully explained to a child.
* Curriculum and teachers can be important, but a child's associates, are also a critical aspect of their educational process. Parents need to be discerning, in not only what their children are learning, and who is teaching them, but who they are learning it with. The Bible says, “leave the presence of a fool, or you will not discern words of knowledge;” that “the companion of fools will suffer harm;” and “do not associate with a man given to anger, or go with a hot-tempered man, or you will learn his ways and find a snare for yourself.” Prov.14:7; 13:20(b); 22:24-25.

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