Wednesday, February 23, 2011

February 23rd – Proverbs 23: The Hurt Rod

“Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish him with the rod, he will not die. Punish him with the rod and save his soul from death. “– Proverbs 23:13-14

The Bible couldn’t be any clearer; if you want to save your kids soul from death, SPANK THEM! Yet all the self-help, pop psychology gurus in the world (and in the church) would have you think otherwise. Their thinking is: “Instead of disciplining our kids with the tried and true methods of corporal punishment, maybe we can talk them out of their bad behavior with manipulation logic?”

Maximum Security jails are full of the undisciplined fruit of this thinking.

Sorry, no matter how much you dislike the rod, the Bible tells us to use it. I’ve heard some “leaders” in the church with nice, shiny books on the subject who are promoted by certain “mega-pastors” on the left coast refer to spanking as “violence” and “control”. This is dangerous psychobabble that encourages people already predisposed to NOT doing the Bible in their error and the sham teachers that preach such blatantly unbiblical stuff will be held accountable for every soul they taught to disobey God.

Some folks have legitimate reasons for not wanting to spank; their parents didn’t discipline them when they were kids and they turned out all right. Or even worse, maybe Dad beat them in a rage instead of disciplined them! Well, good news, that’s what the blood of Jesus is for. You can come to Jesus and get healed of all your past garbage so you can be free to obey God and live according to His.

The results are amazing and the promise is clear: “if you punish him with the rod, he will not die.” Nobody wants their kids to die prematurely; everyone wants their kids to outlive them. But the righteous discipline their kids with the rod, teaching them that foolish behavior is painful. The logic is iron clad: foolish behavior and disobedience HURTS. When you reason with the rug rats, they may learn how to talk themselves out of discipline, but they still don’t understand that their behavior has painful repercussions. At best, not disciplining your kids is irresponsible parenting and unkind to their future development.


Save the planet: SPANK YOUR KIDS. Dirty hippies that are opposed to spanking unleash the hordes of hell upon the earth with their undisciplined little monsters that have never known a moment of discomfort.


  1. "Save the planet, spank your kids!" This could be the 'greenest' message ever. This is a great, practical message. I will use it on my wife until I have kids. :P

  2. Good stuff!! I haven't heard it said any better!!