Bought by the Blood

October 2, 2009

Moralism, Homeschooling and the Gospel

Bill Farley recently came out with a book called, “Gospel Centered Parenting.” From what I heard it seems like an excellent book.   Below is an excerpt of an interview that he did with Tim Challies.

“The gospel also protects parents from “moralism,” the idea that well-behaved children are the main thing. New Birth is the main thing. The morality of Christ imputed to your children is the main thing. It is not what our children do for Christ but what Christ has done for our children that is the main thing. Ironically, without aiming at it, gospel centered parents get godly behavior from their children…

An offensive mindset targets the child’s heart not the child’s external environment (friends, music, school, etc.). In order to reach their child’s heart effective parents focus on their relationship with the child. Rather than fearing the world’s negative influence, they focus on the gospel’s power to influence their child. This parent worries more about their example to their child rather than the world’s example. This parent waits patiently for New Birth rather than assuming it because a child was baptized, or made a confession of faith at a summer camp.

When a parent thinks “protecting” their child from the outside world is the main thing, they are saying something. They are saying that Christianity equals “moralism,” (pleasing God through outward behavior), that obedient children are the main thing, that the child’s problem is “out there” rather than within his own fallen nature. Sometimes they assume that their child is basically good. Negative influence will corrupt that goodness. Therefore, protecting their child will enable that goodness to flourish. This mentality also assumes that New Birth has little power to equip a child to conquer temptation.

via The Gospel: The Key to Parenting :: gospel, interview, parenting :: A Reformed, Christian Blog.



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  3. Sounds like a good overall emphasis on parenting, but that’s a pretty reductionistic understanding of homeschooling.

    Comment by Jason — October 2, 2009 @ 11:47 pm | Reply

    • I didn’t post the whole interview, but he talks more about the decision to homeschool and how if he was making the decision in this day and age he probably would lean more towards homeschooling. You should check the whole thing out, I posted a link to it at the bottom of the post.

      Comment by bloodbought — October 3, 2009 @ 8:32 am | Reply

  4. Oh yeah, I didn’t even notice that because I just thought it was tags or something. I’ll check it out later today.

    On another note, if you like that Chris Wright book, and you haven’t read this book yet, this should be your next academic read:

    Comment by Jason — October 3, 2009 @ 11:49 am | Reply

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