Another Gospel of Jesus Christ....
That is a very sobering scripture to me...
I do believe that many of the parenting books out there that profess to be Christian are instead preaching another gospel.
I've read a lot of them. And shockingly, the vast majority are teaching a doctrine that borders on heresy. They teach that the Cross of Christ is not able to cover our children's sin! With shoddy interpretations of Proverbs, they declare that my child can not be saved unless I hit him - literally hit him - with a stick.
That is horrifying to me on so many levels - I shudder for the parents who are reading this and taking it as gospel...for the children whose parents are trying to be God to them....for the people who preach this false gospel to families.
Since when is God not big enough to save my child? When did His agonizing sacrifice, His blood, the pain He bore become inadequate to wash away the sin of the most innocent among us?
When did *my* righteousness (the same that Paul said is as filthy rags) become more potent than Calvary? Instead of leading my child to the nail-pierced hands, I am told to take my hands and cause pain to my son. Instead of pointing to the stripes He took on his back, I am supposed to place stripes on my child's back. Instead of resting in the knowledge that "It is Finished", I am supposed to continually inflict grief upon my boy - to cause him to bear in his body the punishment that Jesus already took upon Himself.
I am not God. I have no right to punish my child for sin that Calvary has covered. The dark communion that bruises and breaks my child's body for his own sin is not one that I will partake of.
Instead, I preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to my child.
You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. 2Tim. 3:15
Christ alone can do the work of atonement. As a mother, my prayer is that I will lead my child to that saving knowledge of Grace.