by J.C. Ryle from his book Training Children: It Starts With Love as quoted by Kelly Crawford of Generation Cedar
Editor’s note: Why is it that every time some Quiverfull cultural enforcer or speaker starts talking of training children that they immediately demonize the child, such as Voddie Baucham did yesterday in R.L. Stollar’s ‘The Child as Viper’? There’s no room for simply loving your children, participating in life with your children without a constant subcontext of evil, no room for the freedom to make mistakes or learning opportunities, or those moments when you lovingly indulge your child because you love them and want to show that. It’s all beat the evil out or deny that child anything that speaks of loving actions. Almost like they really hate children.
Constant spoiling doesn’t do a child any favors, but it’s usually rooted in some version of love, not the hate these people seem to love to claim that non-believers have for their children
“Soul love is the soul of all love. To pet and pamper and indulge your child, as if this world was all he had to look to, and this life the only season for happiness–to do this is not true love, but cruelty. It is treating him like some beast of the earth, which has but on world to look to, and nothing after death. It is hiding from him that grand truth, which he ought to be made to learn from his very infancy,–that the chief end of his life is the salvation of his soul and to glorify God by enjoying Him forever.” J.C. Ryle