What The Bible Says

What The Bible Says

“What The Bible Says - Vol. 5 / No. 6”

What The Bible Says

Vol. V - No. 6 / August 14, 2022


       On March 12, 1983, in a radio address to the nation, then President Ronald Reagan said "education begins at home". The scriptures clearly teach and support this statement. And contrary to what many parents In reality practice, the scriptures also command and teach that parents (especially fathers) are given the responsibility to "train up a child in the way that he should go" (Eph. 6:4, Col. 3:21, Prov. 22:6, Col. 3:21, Titus 2:4) 

    Contrary to all the scapegoating and the popular idea that teachers, coaches, religious leaders and baby sitters have a responsibility to help raise our children, God has actually given fathers the primary responsibility to raise their children and teach them the all-important things God would have them know. The scriptures both command and teach this 

1. Eph. 6:4 "And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.

1. Prov. 3:12 “For whom the Lord loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights.”

1. Col. 3:21 "Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.”

1. Heb. 12:9 "Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?”

1. Prov. 17:6 “Children's children are the crown of old men, And the glory of children Is their father.”

    I hasten to add that the above bible verses do not suggest that educators or others outside the nuclear family should not play a very limited role in our children's lives, they do. However, fathers (and mothers) must not shun or neglect their God given duty to raise their children properly and this beginsat home (Eph. 6:4, 1 Tim. 5: 14, Prov. 22:6). There are grave consequences of neglecting our children by allowing the children to basically raise themselves or by relying on society's institutions to, in effect, raise our children for us. There are many God inspired proverbs that speaks to this parental neglect:

1. Prov. 29:15 "The rod and rebuke give wisdom, But a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.”

2. Prov. 29:17 "Correct your son, and he will give you rest; Yes, he will give delight to your soul.”

3. Prov. 13:24 "He who spares his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him promptly.”

4. Prov. 1:8-9 "My son, hear the instruction of your father, And do not forsake the law of your mother; For they will be a graceful ornament on your head, And chains about your neck.”

    So, fathers (this applies to me also), are you meeting your God given responsibility to truly "homeschool" your children? Yours kids and society are counting on you! (Eph. 6:4, Col. 3:21, Heb. 12:7,9, Prov. 22:6) —Rodney Hampton



    Many people think of the building when they hear the word "church''. Nowhere in the Bible is the word church used to describe a physical building. The building is the place where the church meets. Likewise, the nature and purpose of the church is misunderstood by many. Only the Scriptures can truthfully reveal the purpose which God has assigned the church to fulfill. As always, let us tum to God's divinely inspired word, respect and obey what it teaches, and honor the silence of the Scriptures. 

    Many perceive the church as another welfare agency primarily concerned with the care and relief of human suffering. To them the worth of the church is measured in the amount of money and relief given to others. Is this the primary purpose of the church? Upon examining the Scriptures, it is only the church's responsibility to see to the care of destitute saints (Christians) (Acts 4 :3 2-3 5; 6: 1-7; 11: 29; 2 Corinthians 9: 1, 12, 13). Individual Christians are to "do good unto all men" as they have the ability and opportunity. (Galatians 6: 10). 

    Many perceive the church as a purely social organization. Just mentioning the word "fellowship" causes most people to envision coffee and doughnuts or a potluck dinner. Thus many denominational churches have, as a part of their facility, kitchens and dining rooms in which to conduct this type of "fellowship". More and more the concept of the church is changing from a spiritual, worship atmosphere to a carnal, festival atmosphere. Does the church have a responsibility in providing these type things? 1 Corinthians 11 : 22, 34 teaches: "What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise ye not. And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation.” 

    Many perceive the church being devoted to the training and entertaining of young people. They justify this by saying it helps keep the young people out of trouble. The New Testament says nothing of this being the church's responsibility but it does teach that this duty belongs to parents. "Children, obey your parents in the Lord for this is right. Honor thy father and mother; ... And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord" (Ephesians 6: 1-4). 

    How do you perceive the church whenever the word is mentioned? Let the Scriptures guide you that you may perceive the truth on this subject and all other Bible subjects.  —E.R. Hall, Jr.



Wrong is wrong, even if you don't get caught. The eyes of the Lord are in every place.

Wrong is wrong, even if you do it for a good cause. The end never justifies the means. The honorable purpose does not justify a dishonorable deed or action.

Wrong is wrong, even if it doesn't bother the conscience. The conscience can be trained or educated to accept wrong‑doing; even an honest sin or an evil done in sincerity is sinful in the sight of God. Whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap."

Wrong is wrong, even if it is commonly considered Acceptable. The bible says "Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil."

Wrong is always wrong despite our efforts to excuse our actions.

Remember, there is never a right way to do wrong!


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