Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Train Up a Child

"Do we observe in [professed Christians] any remarkable care to instruct their children in the principles of the faith which they profess, and to furnish them with arguments for the defense of it? They would blush, on their child's coming out into the world, to think him defective in any branch of that knowledge, or of those accomplishments which belong to his station in life, and accordingly these are cultivated with becoming assiduity. But he is left to collect his religion as he may; the study of Christianity has formed no part of his education, and his attachment to it (where any attachment to it exists at all) is, too often, not the preference of sober reason, but merely the residue of early prejudice and groundless prepossession. He was born in a Christian country, of course he is a Christian; his father was the mbmer of the church of England, so is he. When such is the hereditary religion handed down from generation to generation, it cannot surprise us to observe young men of sense and spirit beginning to doubt altogether of the truth of the system in which they have been brought up, and ready to abandon a station which they are unable to defend...

Let us beware before it be too late."

William Wilberforce, A Practical View of Christianity

"Train up a child in the way he should go,
and when he is old he will not depart from it."
~ Proverbs 22:6 ~


  1. Wonderful, wonderful quote! How true it is that Christian parents and children MUST understand that the faith is not hereditary. We second generation Christians won't get to heaven by our parent's faith!

    This consideration brings me to ask a question. Many reformed believers perform infant baptism. What do you think about it, Shannon?

    Sorry for the raving!

    In Christ,
    Jane Ellen

  2. Wow. That definitely makes me think. Someday, I hope to be able to train my children to stand firm in the faith, and know WHY they believe what they believe. Thank you for sharing!

    Have a very bright, very cheerful day!
    Miss Eyebright

  3. Jane Ellen, I completely agree! It's such a blessing to grow up in a Christian home -- but the challenge for second generation Christians is not to take a "free ride" on their parents' faith!

    Interesting question! I do believe in infant baptism. And never apologzing for "raving" -- I do a fair bit of rambling myself! ;-)

    Miss Eyebright, I'm glad you enjoyed the quotation!

    Love in Christ,


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