Sunday, November 23, 2014

Billy Graham's Prescription for Raising Godly Children in this Wicked Society

Billy Graham's preaching is still as relevant today as it has ever been. Christian parents need to be fully armed with Truth to be able to raise godly offspring but it is possible even as the days get darker. Do not fear, parents. As long as God is on His throne and He is sovereign over all, there is hope. You must be vigilant, however, since the enemy prowls around like a lion looking whom he may devour. 

I wrote about the public school system this past week. Many people disagreed with me but I stand by my words. Billy Graham agrees with me, Rearing children in this culture is difficult because "we have taken God out of our educational systems and thought we could get away with it,” said Rev. Graham. “We have sown the wind, and we are now reaping the whirlwind. We have laughed at God, religion and the Bible.”

If we want to have godly children, we MUST be careful to protect our children from evil and the depths of depravity in our culture today. Here are some of Billy Graham's remedies ~

One of the fundamental problems, according to Rev. Graham, is the failure of parents to fight “the Devil in the home” through discipline and, as a result, “children are allowed to go wild.” I completely agree. From the time they are young, be consistent with your children and insist that they obey you in everything. Raise disciplined children. Disciplined children grow up to be disciplined adults. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. {Hebrews 12:11}

“Very seldom do parents have trouble with children when the Bible is read regularly in the home, grace is said at the table and family prayers take place daily. Most trouble with teenagers comes from children reared in homes where prayer is neglected, the Bible is never opened and church attendance is spasmodic. Christ gives the moral stability, understanding, wisdom and patience needed to rear children.” But bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. {Ephesians 6:4}

There is only one solution to combating the problems afflicting young people, concluded Rev. Graham, and that answer is Christ:  “Christ in the home, in the lives of the parents, is the only permanent solution to the menacing teenage social problems in America.” You shall teach them to your sons, talking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up. {Deuteronomy 11:19}

You can read the entire article HERE. Praise the Lord for godly preachers like Reverend Billy Graham who aren't afraid to speak Truth and live lives of integrity.