Many people ASSUME I endorse child abuse, because I endorse the biblical concept of using the "rod of correction" on children for certain offenses. Jesus says this regarding child abuse, and as a Christian I believe exactly what He says:
But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
This “balance factor” regarding spanking and the punishment of children is what the anti-spanking people fail to discern.
While the new and old testament scriptures advocate stern CP based discipline, God DEMANDS that people are reasonable and fair regarding the punishment of their children.
Parents are responsible for the discipline of their own children, and they must never cross over the line and use discipline as an excuse to justify physical, mental, or sexual abuse in ANY form.
If you do, God has PROMISED YOU a terrible punishment for your offense against His “little ones.” The “balance factor” also REQUIRES parents to spank their children as necessary to maintain order in their home. If you NEGLECT the discipline of your children, you are in violation of God’s commands regarding the chastisement of your children.
Some people use their authority over children to abuse them, while others treat them as if they were bastards and fail to discipline them when they do wrong. (see Hebrews chapter 12)
It is not my place to tell you how to discipline your children, or to tell you when to do so. As a parent or guardian, you are obligated by both God and man to do “the right thing” concerning this. The bottom line is to NOT abuse children, and to NOT neglect their need of discipline either. Prayerfully seek God’s divine wisdom, and you will find you can make the right decisions every time…