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Dealing with Sin in Our Children Paperback – March 29, 2013
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This booklet, taken from a series of sermons on Psalm 51:1 7, confronts the grim reality that our children are shaped in iniquity and conceived in sin. With pastoral care and compassion, Arthur Hildersham counsels Christian parents to pray that the corrupt nature they have conveyed to their children will be healed and that the Holy Spirit would work saving grace in their hearts. He motivates us to pursue our children's spiritual welfare by reminding us of the duties we have toward our children, the comfort it will have on our own souls, and the glory it will bring to God. Discussing the God-given means to cultivate the gospel in the hearts of our children, he encourages us to maintain our authority as parents, instruct them in God's Word, set a good example with our own lives, make sure influences upon them from outside the home are godly, and give ourselves diligently to prayer. Here is an encouraging message, providing guidance and hope for those concerned for the souls of their children.
About the Author
Arthur Hildersham (1563 1632) was an English Puritan who trained at Christ s College, Cambridge, and served as minister of St. Helen, Ashby.
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From the very first line my heart was hit pretty hard: “The doctrine that sin is passed from parents to children serves to exhort and stir us up who are parents to do our uttermost to work grace in our children, and so cure the deadly wound that we have given them, and to preserve them from perishing by that poison and infection that we have conveyed upon them.” (p. 1).
It’s a theme throughout - that we - the parents of these children - have the primary responsibility to raise them in God’s grace because we are the primary conduits through which they received their sin nature in the first place.
Some of the practical solutions he gives are probably expected in many Christian homes: teach them early to know God; teach them early how to read Scripture, pray, give thanks, sing psalms and praises; bring them with you to church; ensure they understand what you’re teaching them.
The overall steps he enumerates are:
(1) Maintain the authority God has given us over them
(2) Breed grace in them through instruction
(3) Be a good example of the things you’re teaching them
(4) Be wise as to who is with them when they leave the home
(5) Pray for them
As these were sermons, it’s not just the fact that the instruction is there, but it’s the way it was communicated in the book that was also truly helpful. I appreciated greatly the many Scripture references the preacher used.
Truly a very great read!