Saturday, June 27, 2015

Truth Is Fallen In The Street

Truth Is Fallen In The Street
By Pastor David L. Brown, Ph.D.
Truth Is Fallen In The Streets. 06282015
Isaiah 59:12-15  “For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them; 13 In transgressing and lying against the LORD, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood. 14 And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity [right] cannot enter. 15 Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.”

God’s Prophet Isaiah lays out Israel’s spiritual condition. Their transgressions against God had multiplied to such an extent that they became so corrupt spiritually their justice system was characterized as “judgment turned away backward,” meaning judgment had turned its back on justice. Truth was disregarded and is characterized as being “fallen in the streets.” Right or “equity” barred from entering. There was such a flagrant disregard for truth, to the extent, that those who stood against evil and for the truth became the target of derision, mockery and persecution (“maketh himself a prey”). Israel’s sin, deliberate rebellion against the Lord, lying, injustice, and persecution of those who stood for righteousness, brought God’s wrath down upon them. God is NOT mocked!
Tragically, our nation is following the same path that Israel followed. Over my lifetime I have seen “truth” fall in the streets so to speak. Slowly but surely an unelected committed of nine judges (the Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States) have thrown Biblical truth in the street, robbed the People for their freedom of religion, taken away their liberty to govern themselves, and have set up our nation for the Judgment of God. Let me trace for you how, in the United States, “judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street.”
SCOTIS (Supreme Court Of The United States) Decisions
·       Engel v. Vitale - "The Regents School Prayer" - 1962
The New York school system had adopted a prayer to be said before the start of each day's classes. (I will remember my kindergarten teacher leading in prayer when I was in school). This prayer was to help promote good moral character of the students, spiritual training and help combat juvenile delinquency. The Regents wrote a prayer for the schools which had to be non-sectarian or denominational. It was so bland that it became known to some religious leaders as the "to whom it may concern prayer." This is the Regents School Prayer - Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our Country.
The court Warren court ignored the plainly stated truth of the Founding Fathers that stated that religion and morality were to be a part of our society and government and instead expelled prayer from the public schools for the first time. George Washington said, “Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society.”  He also said, “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.” Noah Webster said, "[T]he Christian religion, in its purity, is the basis, or rather the source of all genuine freedom in government. . . . and I am persuaded that no civil government of a republican form can exist and be durable in which the principles of that religion have not a controlling influence." 
The Supreme Court by majority vote thumbed their noses at our Founding Father and what is exceedingly worse, at God.
·       Murray v. Curlett "School Prayer" - 1963
Madalyn Murray O'Hair, a militant left wing atheist with close ties to the American Communist Party, took the school board of Baltimore to court for allowing prayer in school. The local court judge J. Gilbert Pendergast dismissed the petition stating, “It is abundantly clear that petitioners' real objective is to drive every concept of religion out of the public school system.” The case went to the Maryland Court of Appeals, and the court ruled, “neither the First nor the Fourteenth Amendment was intended to stifle all rapport [relationship] between religion and government.”  
The case was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Leonard Kerpelman addressed the court saying the Constitution had erected a "wall of separation" between church and state, at which point Justice Potter Steward interrupted, asking where this wording appears. Kerpelman was stumped and an embarrassing silence followed. When he regained his composure, he stated that the text was not explicit on the point but that it had been interpreted to mean so. Actually that is NOT true. The phrase “wall of separation” was in a private letter of Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists.
The thing that troubles me is this. Not a single Christian organization filed a brief in support of school prayer, so the case went virtually uncontested before the Court. The Supreme Court ruled 8 to 1 in favor of abolishing school prayer and Bible reading in the public schools. Justice Tom Clark wrote, “religious freedom, it has long been recognized that government must be neutral and, while protecting all, must prefer none and disparage none.”

·       Abington Township School District v. Schempp - "Bible reading in school" - 1963

The Pennsylvania school system complied with a state law requiring that ten verses of Scripture be read every day. The readings were without interpretation, comment or questions asked, and any student could request to be excused. It was voluntary without coercion, and the Schempp girl never asked to be excused and even volunteered to read the Bible on occasions. (This point was not brought up when the case was before the Supreme Court.)  Yet the parents brought the case to court on grounds that it was coercion.   This case came to the Supreme Court at the same time as the Murray v. Curlett case, and the court ruled on them together. After these last 2 cases were decided, the court’s ruling stated that Prayer and / or Bible reading was a violation of the establishment clause of the first amendmentIn so ruling the court established a secular religion for our school system, thus violating the "establishment clause" of the First Amendment. And thus the First Amendment has been completely revised with regard to religious freedom, putting the restrictions on the people and not the government.
Noah Webster who was called the School Master of the United States because of the use his Blue Back Speller in public schools,  (the speller was packed full of Biblical principles and biblical moral teachings) said, “The Bible must be considered as the great source of all truth by which men are to be guided in government as well as in all social transactions.” Yet, the majority of nine unelected men on the U. S. Supreme Court ruled that the Bible and prayer must be excluded from our public schools.  These rulings attacked our God given right to exercise our religion publically. Public Schools became a NO GOD ZONE. Prayer to God and Bible reading were removed from put public schools. Today, students who bring their Bible and read them or who pray or who write papers about Jesus Christ, the Bible and God are regularly threatened and in numerous instances, expelled. To combat that parents have to engage a lawyer to fight for their child’s 1st Amendment rights.
·       Roe v. Wade - 1973
This is the Supreme Court decision overturning a Texas interpretation of abortion law and making abortion legal in the United States. Roe v. Wade attacked our God-given right-to-life and has shifted our nations focus from being a life focused culture to a death focused culture. Proverbs 8:35-36 “For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD. 36  But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.” Innocent blood has been shed! 50 million babies have been murdered by abortion in this nation. Our nation has sown to the wind and is reaping the whirlwind.
Now we come to the most recent abominable Supreme Court ruling -
·       Obergefell v. Hodges - 2015
This ruling decreed that so called “same sex marriage” (an oxymoronic phrase) must be recognized in all 50 states of these United States.
Our Governor Scott Walker said, I believe this Supreme Court decision is a grave mistake. Five unelected judges have taken it upon themselves to redefine the institution of marriage, an institution that the author of this decision acknowledges ‘has been with us for millennia.'”
In fact, God established marriage in Eden. We read in Genesis 2:24 “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”
 Justice Clarence Thomas said that the court’s “decision threatens the religious liberty our Nation has long sought to protect.” The First Amendment to the Constitution guarantees “the free exercise” of religion—which is not confined to “worship” that takes place within a religious building, but engages all aspects of a person’s life. “Aside from undermining the political processes that protect our liberty, the majority’s decision threatens the religious liberty our Nation has long sought to protect,” Thomas said in his dissent.
“In our society, marriage is not simply a governmental institution; it is a religious institution as well,” said Thomas. “Today’s decision might change the former, but it cannot change the latter. It appears all but inevitable that the two will come into conflict, particularly as individuals and churches are confronted with demands to participate in and endorse civil marriages between same-sex couples…The majority appears unmoved by that inevitability,” Thomas concluded.
Justice Antonin Scalia declared that this Supreme Court has become a “threat to American democracy.” Here is the quote. “I write separately to call attention to this Court’s threat to American democracy,” Scalia said. “This practice of constitutional revision by an unelected commit­tee of nine, always accompanied (as it is today) by extrav­agant praise of liberty, robs the People of the most im­portant liberty they asserted in the Declaration of Independence and won in the Revolution of 1776: the freedom to govern themselves.”
I would make this observation as well. Traditional marriage. Biblical Marriage is the backbone of society. Marriage unites a man and a woman as husband and wife so that the children will have both a father and a mother. Further, Marriage is based on the anthropological truth that men and woman are distinct and complementary and the biological fact that reproduction depends on a man and a woman, and the social reality that children fare best with a mother and a father. Redefining marriage to make it a genderless institution fundamentally changes marriage: It makes the relationship more about the desires of adults than about the needs—or rights—of children. It teaches the lie that mothers and fathers are interchangeable.
Please understand, while the Court changed the definition of marriage, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF THINGS THAT HAVE NOT CHANGED.
3.    THE PRINCIPLE OF ACTS 5:29 HAS NOT CHANGED - “we ought to obey God rather than man.”
The Psalmist poses this question - “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Psalms 11:3
I have an answer. We need to keep on keeping on for the Lord. We need to stand for the TRUTH of God’s word even when the world stands against us. That is what we did when abortion was legalized. Abortion is STILL sin. It is murder, the shedding of innocent blood. So called “same sex marriage” is an abomination to almighty God! Yet, I DO know this. When a sinner turns to Jesus Christ that sinner gets saved and that sinner’s life changes. We need to seek to win them to Christ.
Turn to 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”
Western Civilization is rotten to the core and moving rapidly toward God's impending Judgment. I am reminded of the words that are written on the walls of the Jefferson Memorial - “God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever.” – Thomas Jefferson  
We need to redouble our efforts to reach them with the Gospel. When a person is really saved his or her life changes.
As a side note, I like what Governor Walker said -
“Recognizing that our Founders made our Constitution difficult to amend, I am reminded that it was first amended to protect our ‘First Freedom' - the free exercise of religion. The First Amendment does not simply protect a narrow ‘right to worship,' but provides broad protection to individuals and institutions to worship and act in accordance with their religious beliefs. In fact, the Wisconsin constitution explicitly protects the rights of conscience of our citizens. I can assure all Wisconsinites concerned about the impact of today's decision that your conscience rights will be protected, and the government will not coerce you to act against your religious beliefs.

“I call on the president and all governors to join me in reassuring millions of Americans that the government will not force them to participate in activities that violate their deeply held religious beliefs. No one wants to live in a country where the government coerces people to act in opposition to their conscience. We will continue to fight for the freedoms of all Americans.”

Christians; It is up to us to hold God’s Standard high. First teach them to our children and grandchildren. The government schools will try to undermine biblical values and morals. The entertainment media will continue of offer their perverted view of sex and morals. Our Government will bring it power to bear against us who know and teach the truths of the Bible. WE MUST STAND FOR THE ENDURING WORDS OF GOD!
 If thou faint in the day of adversity,
thy strength is small.
Proverbs 24:10

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

What Christmas Are You Celebrating?

By Pastor David L. Brown, Ph.D.

First Baptist Church of Oak Creek Wisconsin

Audio Sermons: www.sermonaudio.com/fbcoc


The idea for this message came from the tract titled A Christmas Trio by Trumpet Tract Ministries of Milwaukee. A husband-wife team from our church published a number of good Gospel tracts, all of which use the King James Bible for Scripture quotes.


Christmas is one of the United States of America’s “OFFICIAL” Holidays! Yet, there are a variety of different ways that Americans celebrate Christmas. The tract suggests three different ways people celebrate this National Holiday. I will add one more. As you listen to the four descriptions of Christmas, ask yourself this question: “What Christmas am I celebrating?”


Here are three, and a fourth category


1) The Secular Xmas

2) The Mythical Christmas

3) The Religious Christmas 

4) The True Christmas


Let’s begin by looking at…


·       The Secular Xmas

Even atheists and agnostics take part in this national holiday, however they are SURE to “X” Christ completely out. “The birth of Christ carries no relevance for them and the main concerns are gifts, parties, and family gatherings.”1 They view the primary value of the holiday as financial boost to the economy. It certainly does give a BIG boost to our economy. Americans will spend from $455 to $475 billion this Christmas.


But, there is a warped bent within this Xmas crowd that takes things even further. They desire to remove all public manifestations of Christ from Christmas. Nativity displays MUST GO! They insist that Christmas Trees become Holiday Trees. No “Merry Christmas” greetings! That’s a BIG “No, NO! It must be “Happy Holiday’s.” They make sure that every one knows that they are offended if “Christ” is in any way included. One community was even going to ban Red and Green because they make people think of Christmas. After a HUGE public outcry, the city council voted it down.  Red and Green can be displayed


Here is an email that I received from Liberty Counsel that illustrates the militant attack on Christmas-

Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford has issued a disturbing directive forbidding employees to say or write the word "Christmas." This directive was given by the University upon legal advice of the Oklahoma Attorney General, W.A. Drew Edmondson. Liberty Counsel sent a demand letter to the University following a complaint from a University affiliate.


The controversy began when the University's Director of Human Resources recently visited various departments and said that decorations featuring the word "Christmas" in any areas of the University must be immediately removed.  


He also instructed the employees not to say "Christmas" while on the job. As a result the employees cannot respond "Merry Christmas" to other employees or visitors to the University. Read our News Release for more details. (After being confronted by a law firm, the University President intervened and brought sanity back to the situation)


Then, closer to home, we have a group of atheists who can’t stand the fact that Racine permits a Christian Nativity scene to be erected by a private group in Monument Square. So atheists decided to erect a pyramid with various anti-religious quotes on it, right next to the crèche scene.


An article on the Racine Post Blog says, “David Nelson, 81, another of the half-dozen atheists who helped set the pyramid up on the square Wednesday night -- about six feet from the Nativity Scene -- insisted, ‘we're trying to educate the American public. The Founding Fathers left too many loopholes in the doctrine of separation of church and state.’”

One person who identified himself as an American agnostic is quoted to have said – “The only problem with putting the pyramid next to the nativity is that you come off as a XXXX [fool]. The atheists are probably right, that Christianity is a make-believe myth that can cause people feel all good and faithy inside, and that religion should be separate from government. But, keep in mind that it's that same government (and maybe a forgiving religion) that is keeping you (the atheists) from being lynched.”

As you can see, this crowd celebrates Xmas. No religious convictions are involved. Jesus is completely crossed out of the picture. They refuse to recognize the paramount importance of His birth. “The irony of this Christmas is that people are participating in a holiday that came about as a result of the birth of the Savior, Jesus Christ; however, they don’t recognize Him as such, don’t pay attention to Him, yet will still participate in His birthday. It is made a common thing and that is a sad thing. Is this the Christmas you are celebrating?”1


The appropriate Scripture for the Xmas crowd is -- Psalms 14:1 “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.” They are fools!


·       The Mythical Christmas 


This is perhaps the most popular version that Americans celebrate. Those who celebrate the mythical Christmas combine pagan mythology and modern folklore to come up with their celebrations. Here’s what I mean. The PRIMARY character of this mythical Christmas celebration is none other than Santa Claus! The focus is on Santa not the Savior. Santa Claus got his biggest boost in America from a seminary professor, Dr. Clement Clarke Moore. He taught Oriental and Greek Literature at General Theological Seminary in New York City. At age 43 he had six children. Moore had purchased the first American Book about secular Christmas. It was called A NEW YEAR'S PRESENT FOR THE LITTLE ONES FROM FIVE TO TWELVE." It inspired him to write his poem called “A VISIT FROM ST. NICHOLAS, OR SANTA CLAUS” for his children. He read it to them at the dinner table on Christmas Eve, 1822. We know the poem better as "T'WAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS". The following year it was published in the Troy New York Sentinel anonymously. This was the beginning of Santa and his reindeer-powered sleigh. It was not until 1837 that Moore allowed his name to be used in connection with the poem.


 Though Bible-believing Christians were strongly against the mythical celebration of Christmas with Santa Claus and all the pagan trappings like Yule logs, mistletoe, the wassail bowl, holly, etc. in the mid 1830-1850’s, famous American Cartoonist Thomas Nast popularized Santa Claus in Harper' Bazaar from the 1860's to the 1880's. George Webster contributed the idea that Santa's headquarters was at the North Pole. Christ and Santa were further confused by Thomas Nast and Christmas Card publisher Louis Prang who pictures the Christ Child and Santa together in the 1880's and 90's.


Slowly but surely the Santa Claus myth usurped the truth and significance of the birth of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. I ask you, “Is this the Christmas you are celebrating?” I would simply say this, No Virginia, there is no real Santa Claus, but Christ is real and you need Him as your Savior! I remind you, Christ is to have the preeminence in all things (Colossians 1:18).


That brings me to the next Christmas people celebrate…


·       The Religious Christmas


As a Pastor, I can tell you of this; I will likely see people who I never see in any other services the entire year at Easter and Christmas services! I have never quite figured it out to be honest with you. What is the rationale for throwing God a “bone” so to speak, two Sunday’s a year and ignoring Him the other 50?


Christmas is one holiday in which those who evidently see no need of God or church during the year, decide to “play church” for a day and attend a Christmas service. Likely they think they are “giving God His due” so to speak.


Churches go to extra effort presenting plays, musicals, and special messages on this day. You have to wonder if these things are why this crowd comes! I remember reading on one church sign – “Avoid the Christmas rush! Attend church now!”


Don’t get me wrong! I certainly enjoy singing the Christmas hymns. I am blessed by the Christmas Cantata and my heart is warmed by the Sunday School program. However, The religious Christmas crowd too often does not get past the babe in the manger! They come, sing the songs, hear the sermon and as soon as “the doors are opened…thoughts have quickly reverted back to presents, parties, and dinner. In other words, back to everything other than Jesus….”2 For those who celebrate a religious Christmas, there is really no room in their day-to-day life for Christ. Luke 2:11 is not a reality to them "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." The Christmas message “never penetrates the heart and so never gets past being a religiously institutionalized message. Is this the Christmas you are celebrating?” Finally we come to…


·       The True Christmas


The fact is that even the enemies of Christianity claimed that Christ lived, and that He performed miracles! Early Jewish documents such as the Mishnah and even Josephus, as well as first-century Gentile historians such as Thallus, Serapion, and Tacitus, all testify that the one called Christ lived in Palestine and died under Pontius Pilate. As the British scholar, F. F. Bruce put it, “The historicity of Christ is as [certain]. . . as the historicity of Julius Caesar” (NT Documents, 119).


My point is this: since Jesus lived, then Jesus was born! The Gospel of Matthew tell us that His birth was shortly before Herod the Great died (Matthew 2:19). Herod's death can be fixed with certainty. Josephus records an eclipse of the moon just before Herod passed on. This occurred on March 12th or 13th in 4 B.C. Josephus also tells us that Herod expired just before Passover. This feast took place on April 11th, in the same year, 4 B.C. From other details supplied by Josephus, we can pinpoint Herod the Great's demise as occurring between March 29th and April 4th in 4 B.C.


Likely it sounds strange to suggest that Jesus Christ was born no later than 4 B.C. since B.C. means Before Christ. But our modern calendar which splits time between B.C. and A.D. was not invented until A.D. 525. At that time, Pope John I asked a monk named Dionysius to prepare a standardized calendar for the western Church. Unfortunately, poor Dionysius missed the real B.C./A.D. division by at least four years!


Matthew tells us that Herod killed Bethlehem's babies two years old and under. The earliest Jesus could have been born, therefore, is 6 B.C. Through a variety of other time indicators, we can be relatively confident that the Messiah was born in either late 5 or early 4 B.C.


The birth of Christ is the most important event in human history. So important in fact, that the timeline of history is divided by it - B.C. abbreviated for “Before Christ” and A.D. abbreviated for the two Latin words Anno Domini (meaning in the year of our Lord). This was no ordinary birth and it changed human history forever. Even a complete skeptic like H.G. Wells, a professional historian and science-fiction writer who made no profession of Christianity, admitted in his Outline of History, “More than 1900 years later, a historian like myself, who doesn’t even call himself a Christian, finds the picture [of history] centering irresistibly around the life and character of this most significant man.…” The True Celebration of Christmas focuses the birth of Emmanuel (God with us). You can read about all the related facts surrounding the Savior’s birth in the Gospels of Matthew (1:18-2:11) and Luke (1:26-56, 67-75, 2:4-40). But what was the purpose of Christ’s birth? We read in 1 John 4:14 “And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.” Why do we need a Savior? The birth of Christ was necessary because all people are lost sinners (Romans 3:23). God gave His Son Jesus a body so that so that He could pay for our sins by offering of His own body (Hebrews 10:5 & 10; 1 Peter 2:24; Colossians 2:13-14). If you have never received Jesus Christ as your Savior, do it today! “The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23.


Notes 1-2 are from A Christmas Trio by Trumpet Tract Ministry www.TrumpetTracts.com

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Responsibilities For Fathers

Responsibilities for Fathers
Pastor David L. Brown, Ph.D.
First Baptist Church of Oak Creek Wisconsin

Responsibilities of Fathers.06152013
Text: Proverbs 4

“Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. 2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law. 3  For I was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother. 4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.” Proverbs 4:1-4 


Twenty-four times the phrase "my son" occurs in Proverbs. In all but one instance it is a father (David or Solomon) giving instruction to their sons. Here are just a just a few verses to give you a flavor of the advice given –

Proverbs 1:8 “My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:”

Proverbs 1:10 “My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.”

Proverbs 3:11 “My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:”

Proverbs 5:1 “My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:”

Proverbs 23:26 “My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.”

Proverbs 24:21 “My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change:”

There are many good things that a father should teach his children from Proverbs.

Proverbs 4 points out some basic responsibilities for fathers.

·        A Father is Responsible to Provide Instruction To His Children
·        A Father Is Responsible To Require Obedience
·        A Father Is Responsible To Motivate The Child
·        A Father Is Responsible To Teach Right Direction
·        A Father Is Responsible To Teach Right Speech
·        A Father Is Responsible To Teach The Child To Think


·        The father is responsible to provide instruction to his children

“Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father…” v.1

Since children are directed to “hear” their father’s instruction, it should go without saying the father IS to guide and teach them. The Apostle Paul says, “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4

A.    What Is To Be The Basis of guiding and teaching them?

The answer is found in verse 2 – “For I give you good doctrine….” Dads have the key responsibility for teaching their children doctrine, that is the Christian belief system. You need to teach them what you believe and tell them why your believe it and then live it in front of them!

It is NOT enough to just sent them to church or even take them to church. They MUST see faith in practice in your life!

Dad’s do your children see and hear you praying. Have you taught them to pray? Do they see you reading and studying the Bible? Do they hear you pray for lost souls or heard you tell of witnessing to someone?

I cannot emphasize enough the importance of you feeding your children the Scriptures and then encouraging them to be in the Scriptures themselves.

Turn to 2 Timothy 3:15-17 “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”

If you are in the Word of God and you see that your children are in the Word of God their moral compass will be programmed by the Word of God.

A father is responsible to instruct his children. The cornerstone of the instruction is to be biblical Doctrine.

·        The Father Is Responsible to Require Obedience

Proverbs 4:4 “He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.”

It is not enough to give commandments. You must require obedience and if obedience is not forthcoming, there needs to be consequences.

Proverbs 3:1 “My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:

It has been said that a Country that does not enforce its laws breeds lawlessness. Likewise, a father that does not enforce his laws breed rebellion. Certainly the command is “Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.” Colossians 3:20 And if they do obey, “Chasten thy son while there is hope…” Proverbs 19:18

Children who are left to themselves bring reproach and shame on their parents! Proverbs 29:15 “The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.”

·        The Father Is Responsible To Motivate The Child

Proverbs 4:5-7Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. 6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. 7  Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”

A father is to be a teacher! It takes time to be a teacher, but you need to teach your children practical things about life and living! Manners, personal hygiene, how to behave in different situations. The “how to” list: How to ride a bike. How to use tools. How to swim, hunt, fish, how to treat others, etc. Guys need to learn how to treat a lady and what to look for in a wife. Girls need to learn how to behave properly and what to look for in a husband.

Further, a father promotes right education! When my granddad was young 8th grade was enough. When my dad graduated, high school was enough. I am here to tell you, you need training beyond high school in either a trade or college.

·        The Father Is Responsible To Teach Right Direction

Proverbs 4:14-19 “Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. 15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. 16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall. 17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence. 18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. 19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.”

Mrs. Brown and I would use life examples to teach righteousness and to illustrate the end of wickedness.

·        A Father Is Responsible To Teach Right Speech

Proverbs 4:24 “Put away from thee a forward [deceitful; distorted] mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.”

“What is in the well of the heart will come up through the bucket of the mouth.” A dad must be sure he speaks with integrity, not deceitfully or in a foul, slanderous way.

·        A Father Is Responsible To Teach The Child To Think

Proverbs 4:26-27 “Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. 27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.”

You need to teach your children common sense! Teach them NOT to make decisions based on emotions. Teach them to think through situations. What are the positives? What are the negatives? What are the long range implications? Far too many people are impulsive and make wrong decisions because they have no idea how to reason properly.

I am praying for you dads! Your children need you. Take these responsibilities seriously.