The Duties of Parents

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“You cannot make your children love the Bible, I admit. No one but the Holy Spirit can give us a heart to delight in the Word. But you can make sure that your children are acquainted with the Bible; and remember that they can never become acquainted with that blessed book too soon, or too well.

“See that your children read the Bible reverently. Train them to look upon it, not as the word of men, but as it truly is, the Word of God, written by the Holy Spirit Himself—all true, all profitable, and able to make us wise for salvation through faith in Christ.

“See that they read it regularly. Train them to regard it as their soul’s daily food—as something essential to their soul’s daily health. I well know that you cannot make this anything more than a form; but there is no telling the amount of sin which a mere form may indirectly restrain.

“See that they read it all. You need not shrink from bringing any doctrine before them. You need not assume that the leading doctrines of Christianity are things which children cannot understand. Children understand far more of the Bible than we are apt to suppose.

“Fill their minds with Scripture. Let the Word dwell in them richly. Give them the Bible, the whole Bible, even while they are young.”

~ J.C. Ryle

The Upper Room, “The Duties of Parents”, [Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1970], 290-92.

[This post is part 3 of 5 in the series Five Tips For Raising Godly Children. To purchase Ryle’s 34 page booklet The Duties of Parents, please visit Reformation Heritage Books]

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Posted on January 29th 2011 in Uncategorized

3 Responses to “The Duties of Parents”

  1. Revivalandreformation Says:

    Well now, where was my update?? Yeesh! I had to actually go to your website to see this…now I’m tired. Kidding! Great post, and sorely needed in this day and age where parents fulfill their God given urge to have 1.5 children and promptly ship them off to the nursery, then to daycare, then to preschool, then to the public school system, then to college…all in the name of loving parents. is it just me, or is there something really hypocritical and contradictory with this idea?

  2. Mom4Truth Says:

    Hello, my friend. Is it not working again? I’ll stick Dad on it!

    I just read this verse last night: Proverbs 29:15 “The rod and correction give wisdom: but the child set a liberty, maketh his mother ashamed.”

    I have been thinking about this a lot. Satan’s agenda shows itself completely opposite of God’s design and will. The context is foundations- you know what, I think I’ll leave the rest for a future blog!

    Suffice it to say that you are absolutely right. The world has bought into the lie that children are a nuisance to be avoided, ignored, and otherwise appeased- just to keep the rascals quiet. Scripture says that a child left to himself will bring shame to his mother. Why does it require so much more energy to just do it right, according to the Word?

    Hypocritical? Contradictory? Yes, Satan always is.

  3. Revivalandreformation Says:

    As I said before, and I’ll say again, remember the book “Lord of the Flies”? Very well named book for the fact that children left to themselves are flies under the service of their master

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