by Debi Pearl from No Greater Joy Magazine – Give Attendance to Reading
Editor’s note: Nearly skipped this article by Debi Pearl because I thought it was some sort of Christianese ‘Reading is Fundamental’ involving homeschooling. That’s a subject I think we all can agree is good, making sure children can read well. But, no, this is all about how you should read the Bible to your kids, starting off with some talk of a pastor who’d come back to tell Michael Pearl that his teaching the children scripture had impacted his life so much this man had become a pastor. There’s some typical Michael putting down the man after he left as well at the original article. Unless they are putting someone else down they aren’t happy in that household/ministry.
If you can stomach it Michael and Debi now have their own version of a Chick Tract in this issue of No Greater Joy Magazine – The Great White Throne Judgment and the Judgment Seat of Christ
Adults are already made; they are who and what they are, and it is usually all they will ever be. It is a rare adult who will leave all he has and go serve on the mission field or decide to be a teacher or pastor. If a pastor can get adults enthused to witness, that is a real victory. But the children are waiting for direction as to what they should do and where they should go. They are tomorrow’s best disciples—or not, depending on whether Bible teachers overlook them or teach them.
Parents have a natural instinct that makes them look for a church that will teach their children to know and love the LORD. Today most churches are sadly missing this great opportunity. Instead they gear church toward entertaining the adults, and the children are kept out of the way and busy while parents learn and worship.
It is a rare church meeting where the Scripture is read, except for a few out-of-context verses. It is even rarer for the Scripture to be read to children. Many children will grow up in church having heard the same five verses over and over, but nothing more. God says in 1 Timothy 4:13, “Till I come, give attendance to reading . . .” Church is more a social event—a Christian country club—not a place to train disciples. Our letters from you reflect your desperation for your family.
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