God calls all sons to be obedient and respectful of his father. Obedience is the act; honor is the attitude. Neither come naturally, however. Before a boy will honor and obey his father, the father must train his son. If a father does not teach his son to honor and obey him, he will break the father's heart. It is not that the son does not have the correct information, but that he refuses to apply it. Apply the rod vigorously so you can nip that rebellious spirit in the bud. Doing so will make father and son much happier in the long run.
The Bible offers no specifics on how harsh corporal punishment of one’s son should be, but the Bible encourages the death of one’s son for many trespasses, which implies that the corporal punishment must be harsh and brutal to bring about the complete submission and obedience of one’s son.
Corporal punishment is not child abuse. The real abuse is not to administer corporal punishment when the boy needs correction. Corporal punishment of the boy should begin at an early age, as soon as he begins to defy his father. Fathers must train their sons to obey, as it is the father’s duty to drive the rebelliousness out of the boy. Failure to administer corporal punishment will cause the boy to lose respect for his father, as well as other authority figures such as clergy, police officers and teachers.
The Bible does, time and time again, endorse beatings, whippings — even death — to punish boys. Beating boys is acceptable — in fact, it is good for them. Boys should be beaten or whipped for the least act of disobedience on bare skin and as often as necessary. No reasons or explanations are necessary. Bruises, welts, burns, broken bones are of no consequence. Fear is desirable, as is pained screaming and broken sobbing.
Christian parents are fully aware that a decent Christian beating is a friendly cuddling compared to the horrors of burning in Hell for trillions and trillions of years. There is no substitute for a decent beating. The Bible repeatedly mentions it explicitly for a reason. It is harder and harder to save your boy’s soul as guidance by Satan has unfortunately created nonsensical concepts - like political correctness and child abuse laws - over the years completely ignoring the fact that the real child abuse would be not to beat the boy. Christian parents are prevented from following Biblical rules resulting in eternal damnation for poor, innocent boys.
It is best always to have onlookers while you beat up your boy to maximize the effect. Shame it with nakedness. The best way to achieve this is always to have many people present when the boy undresses himself to nakedness and gets a well-deserved beating. You can use rulers, paddles, belts, baseball bats and whips.
It is extremely important to keep beating the boy until it is without breath to complain. As long as it protests, screams or cries in response to a beating, the beating is not yet completed. A beating should only end when the boy is completely silent. Only that way will you teach the boy to be silent and obedient.
Fear is the most effective. The boy should always be afraid he is going to suffer a well-deserved beating. Fear is the most effective when it is constant. It is important to beat the boy at random moments, not only when it does something wrong. The random beatings are a reminder that nothing the boy does is ever good enough reminding the boy that that he is nothing but a disappointment.
Only if a boy has been obedient and done its chores cheerfully, should he receive a minimal amount of food. Food is a luxury that must be earned and then, the boy should only receive the foods he dislikes.
Cold-water baths, putting the boy outside in cold weather and hosing off the boy with cold water are effective ways to get through to the disobedient boy.
The only real crime committed is not following the teachings of the Bible. It is a shame that Christians are prosecuted for doing their Godly duty to keep their boys from going astray.
Adapted from the writings of Landover Baptist Church
This is a short look at the Word of God in raising and disciplining your son. Neglecting God’s Word is detrimental to the character development of your son because of your neglect of the Word of God and your son.
Three presuppositions that are granted at the outset:
As a father, you are to exercise authority over your son. God is very clear on this. You are to command your son. Your son is to revere you and give weight to your directives. You will teach your son to do what you tell him the first time you tell him. Your son is to be in complete submission to you and with all reverence. That is what makes a godly household.
Never, ever, should your son have authority you in any way. If your son has authority of any kind, then you are not following the mandates that God has given.
God desires you, as a father, to raise your son in a normal Christian environment that means that you regulate your son’ character and you use discipline to accomplish that, which does not make you a monster; it makes you godly.
Your son is in desperate need of discipline as your son renders to sin the moment he emerges from the womb. He is a sinner. He is evil.
Your son needs stringent discipline from you. As a father, you need to be bold in administering discipline from an early age and to raise his son in fear so that he will always try to please.
God does not tolerate sin in any form. As a father, you must chastise your son. It is your job as a father to demand immediate obedience from your son.
Your son must be obedient at all ages. You do not give your son amnesty at any age to undermine your authority. As a father, you must demand that your son to submit to you instantly upon the first command. At no time does your son have the right to disregard a command that you have given him.
To control your son is to regulate his sinful heart. You need to turn to the book of wisdom and common sense in how to attain obedience in your son. Proverbs is a great course book on rearing your son. If your son does not respect you, fear you, he will act wickedly. When he kicks and screams he is telling you that he lacks character. You have good reason to discipline your son in the way Proverbs demonstrates – God told you to do it this way!
Corporeal discipline is the Christian means to correct your son at any age. A son is naturally wayward and corporeal discipline brings him back from his errant ways.
Your son needs to become obedient to you and the God-ordained means to enforce compliance is corporeal discipline. You must not withhold correction from your son as he needs to be beaten. God commands you that you not withhold corporeal discipline from him. Stop neglecting the Word of God, who requires that your son to be beaten into submission and to follow your will.
You to understand the word “beat.” It is the verb nakah (naw-kaw’) which literally reads, “to strike, smite, hit, beat, slay, kill.” In other words, scourge or strike your son so that he never disobeys you at anytime. This is not brutality. Be advised – this is God’s words and His instruction of you regardless of what anyone else thinks or does.
Your son is sinful and you must correct him strictly. It is admitted that causing others you love pain and tears is hard and disturbing to you, especially seeing your son cry, but do not let your emotions overrule your good sense to what God is telling you.
If you, as a father, tremble for the eternal destiny of your son, you will not withhold correction. If you neglect corporeal correction, your son will grow unruly. Do not hate your son, love him by giving him the beating he needs.
Your son is under your God-given authority. Your son must obey and submit upon your first command. He should obey without challenge, without excuse and without delay. You do not give in to your son, your son must always give in to you. Always means just that – every single time. You are the authority.
With administering discipline, the father should note two things:
You must administer discipline by use of a piece of a leather strap, a paddle, a cane, a whip, whatever will cause pain to your son. It is absolutely a waste of time to beat your son while he is clothed. Do not waste your efforts. Strip him. Keep your son’s welfare in mind, his eternal welfare, and do not neglect this. Be sure that every time you administer a beating that you do it so it counts. It should hurt. He should cry, scream, or yell. Let him. Crying is good in this case, but do not stop your beating until he is silent.
It is very easy to raise your son incorrectly by appeasing him, by not disciplining him, but by following God’s instructions, you will not only honor God, but also honor your son, and later, he will honor you as well. It is all up to you.
Adapted from the writings of Dr. C. Matthew McMahon