1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
Who are the children commanded to obey their parents in Eph vi. 1?-The children of those to whom Paul was writing, who were believers. At the same time, it is according to the will of God that all children obey all parents. They are disobedient at present; but the law will be enforced in the Kingdom. Editor
4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
When parental discipline destroys filial love, it is bad. Veneration is a mixture of fear and love, and is created in every well-organised child by strict discipline and kindness on the part of the parent. But a parent who is always beating, always frowning, scolding, and commanding, and never coaxing and caressing a child, can only be reared, and, ultimately, disliked.
Children can never be beaten into goodness, any more than nations can be persecuted into orthodoxy. They generally love their mothers best, because they are most indulgent; but at last they find that indulgence is weakness, and then they learn to disobey the old lady, as they call her. They fear the father, because he is stern and severe; and at last they dislike him, and avoid his society, for his want of sympathy.
Were the weakness of both parents combined in one, they would make a virtue. The joint and cordial cooperation of the two sexes makes the best discipline for children; but we are sorry to say, that there is very little of that cooperation to be found. The mother is generally a shield from the father, and her opposition always increases his severity, whilst his severity increases her indulgence.
Children cannot be well reared unless parents are well married
Herald of the Kingdom and Age to Come, Sept 1853.
Answers to Correspondents
THE FAMILY DISADVANTAGES OF THE TRUTH
But the children! Well, our duty is plain. It is an apostolic injunction (and the dictate of common sense) to "bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord," (Eph. vi, 4.)
Now, this cannot be done if they are allowed to run in "the old paths" mentioned by our correspondent, namely going to church and chapel, and attending the Sunday School of orthodox institutions. While they do this, they imbibe sentiments which effectually prevent the truth from entering in, and make it a difficult thing afterwards to introduce it. They contract early prejudices for men and things connected with the apostacy, which help to implant the fables deeply. Their young affections entwine themselves around objects which afterwards prove snares and obstacles in the way, and all the more powerful, because they enlist the religious feelings.
Our best, opportunity of discharging the parental duty is gone before we know. The nurture and admonition of the Lord involve instruction as to our constitution and position before God, and his purpose towards us as declared by his servants, the prophets and apostles. This it is impossible to communicate to children, while their minds are daily undergoing that powerful inoculation of error which takes place in a young mind among large numbers in circumstances of respectability.
If we would discharge the duty apostolically enjoined, we must withdraw them from "the old paths," which are the paths of darkness. But our correspondent says "I cannot teach them." Perhaps not to his own satisfaction; but that he is absolutely incapable of imparting any instruction to them, no one will believe who reads his letter. He can teach them a little, and if he can only do this imperfectly, it is better to teach them the truth blunderingly than allow them to be educated smartly in error.
A chapter read every Sunday, and a few simple questions on those simple historical occurrences on which so great a part of the truth hinges, will do them more good in the way of genuine enlightenment, than all the Sunday School tuition they would get in ten years.
Mixing with strange children in such an exercise would, no doubt, be beneficial, but, if this cannot be had at first, make the best of the circumstances. A brave attempt to do right in the matter might lead to an extension of operations beyond the family circle.
But, why deprive them, says our correspondent, of "the modicum of good" they get in the orthodox channel? The answer is, because of the preponderance of evil that comes along with it, and because the good they get is to be had at the secular day school without the evil.
It cannot he denied that the case depicted by our correspondent's letter is one of drawback and disadvantage; and the only counsel that can be given in the circumstance, is to face the difficulty with a deliberate resolution that come what will, the right will be the guide, the duty to God be done. It may be that such a course, with prayer, will evoke the blessing of the Almighty, and lead to happier circumstances even now.
The Ambassador of The Coming Age, Feb 1868. p53,54
19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
The difference between their preaching of the gospel and that of Jesus, was that between promises unfulfilled and promises fulfilled to a very limited extent. So far as the promises were fulfilled in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, as the Son and King anointed of Yahweh, the accomplished facts became the foundation or basis of the conditions, by conformity to which, Jews and Gentiles might become heirs of the promises yet largely unfulfilled.
The facts and the doctrine or teaching predicated upon them, constitute "the mystery of the gospel," or "things concerning the name of Jesus," and therefore, "the mystery of Christ," which are not two mysteries, but one. Jesus preached the gospel of the kingdom minus the mystery in his own name, because it was still a hidden mystery, and must have so continued until he was "perfected;" the apostles preached the same gospel with its mystery, because it was no longer hidden, but commanded to be proclaimed.
Herald of the Kingdom and Age to Come, Feb 1854.