Begin Early by Dr. J.T. Parish

J.T. Parish

Begin Early

At what age should parents begin the Christian education of their children? As soon as they are born! A woman told me she never tried to influence her children one way or another concerning religion. I reminded her that television was influencing them, the advertisements of liquor would influence them and the pornographers would influence them.

Children belong to their parents. Parents have both the responsibility and the authority to bring them up “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” An old man of 80 and a child of 8 were both saved the same night in a revival crusade. Thank God, the old man’s soul was saved, but thank God even more because not only the child’s soul was saved but also his life.

When a child is old enough to know he is a sinner, he is old enough to receive Jesus as his savior. We call it “the age of accountability.” The great English preacher C.H. Spurgeon wrote: “Ere a child has reached to seven teach him the way to heaven. Better still, the work will thrive, if he learn before he’s five.”

There is something wonderful you and I can do. We can pray for parents, teachers, youth workers, and for the children and teenagers we know. We can also give liberally to churches and Christian schools to help support them in their efforts to bring the young to Christ.

“Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6