The Epistle Unto The Christian Mothers, To Exhort Them To Obey The Lord In Raising Their Children

“The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light”. These were the words written by Paul in the thirteenth chapter of Romans. He was describing the need for Christians in his day to wake up, as if out of sleep, and get ready for a spiritual battle. The Christians today are utterly unprepared for the coming battle. 

The next generation of Christians are a young lot, as it is always with the next generation, and their parents were of the number that grew up in a tumultuous time in America. Their days were the days of such prominent false teachers as Billy Graham, who proved that as long as one had charisma, anything they said would be accepted among the children of God, even if it went against God’s Word.

What has consistently been the issue among the brothers and sisters in Christ is that they feel that the Bible is not something that is to be followed as it is written. Many Christians need a specific interpretation of it in order to be pleased. Christians shop around for their favorite translation, then they shop around for their favorite Pastor, then they shop around for their favorite commentary. This is accomplished because of a lack of understanding that God preserved his word (Psalm 12), he gave some pastors and teachers (Ephesians 4:11), and he interprets his own scripture (2 Peter 1). 

Who will teach the young generation these truths? Surely (the Christian mother might think), my children will learn in the Church. Surely (she adds to the thought), my children will learn in the Christian school they go to. Surely (she further ponders), my husband will teach my children the way that they should go. After all, the job of a mother is to love her child unconditionally, is it not?

Woe unto you, Christian mothers, and woe unto your children! For when God had commanded the children to “forsake not the law of thy mother” (Proverbs 6:20) he expected that the mothers would teach their children the fear of God. It will be true unto you as the Proverbs say: “A foolish son is the heaviness of his mother” (Proverbs 10:1), “The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame” (Proverbs 29:15), and “There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother” (Proverbs 30:11). That generation is here, and it may very well be your own children.

Have you not read of Paul’s parenting of the Church at Thessolonica? Where he said, “We were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children” (1 Thessalonians 2:7). So affectionate was Paul, that he did not only impart unto the Church the gospel of God, but he was willing to impart unto them his own soul. This meant that he was willing to give all that he had for them, for the glory of God and because of the responsibility given to him by God (2 Corinthians 11:28). 

Also, so he would not to be chargeable to them (which is another way of explaining that he had done all that he could for them with a clear conscience before God), he preached unto them the gospel of God. He exhorted, comforted, and charged the Christians at Thessalonica, as a father doth his children, as he explained it. 

Christian mothers, are you gentle to your children? The little ones that God has given you, do you cherish them? Are you willing to give them all that God has commanded you to give them? Are you ready to preach God’s Word to them daily? Do you exhort them daily? Comfort them? Charge them to obey the Lord God? Does their father? What kind of Christian mother are you if you do not dwell together with your husband according to the scriptures? What kind of Christian father is he? Are you both being good examples to your children? Or does your leniency bring them closer and closer to satan? Christian mothers, satan wants to strangle the souls of your children, and unless you put on the armour of light, satan will steal them away and you will not recognize them when he is done with them.

Christian mothers, sometimes your husband will not teach them as he should, this is no excuse for them to not be taught the right ways of God by their mom. Oftentimes the school you send them to does not understand how to teach them precept upon precept, this is not an excuse for you to not teach them. The Church might even teach them to set sail into the stormy waters of every wind of false doctrine. You must teach your children to remain on the shore, safely in the arms of Christ. 

Mother’s day is a day when the world celebrates mothers. What is there to celebrate in the calamity of the foolishness of your child? The next generation might be without a strong Christian father, but let it not be said that they went without a strong, praying, Christian mother. “Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let thy soul spare not for his crying” (Proverbs 19:18).

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. 

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