We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer

Thursday, March 4, 2010

To Train Up A Child - Follow-up

I get a weekly e-mail newsletter from Midwest Christian Outreach apologetics ministry (http://www.midwestoutreach.org/), which I highly recommend to those interested in apologetics. Today’s letter had a short article titled, “Death by Pearls,” which mentioned that there have been deaths of children linked to the child-raising philosophy of Mike and Debi Pearl. The article had a link to an open letter by a home-schooling mom in regards to the Pearls’ training, which I recommend for your viewing at http://www.thatmom.com/?p=3927

There are some good links to other information about the Pearls’ abusive child-raising system, and here is one which has a listing of many ministries and publications speaking out:
http://www.tulipgirl.com/index.php/2010/02/who-is-speaking-out-against-abuse/

So, you’d think the Pearls would be concerned about the criticism directed out them, wouldn’t you? Not at all! Take a look at Mike’s response to his critics:
http://pearlchildtraining.blogspot.com/2010/03/michael-pearl-laughs-at-critics.html

This is rank arrogance! The man behaves as a cult leader who has the only true way of raising children.

The really sad thing is that there are hundreds, if not thousands of followers of the Pearls. People are always looking for rules in a legalistic system so they don’t have to think for themselves, and it is the Pearls and the Gothard sort of people who lead these non-discerning sheep astray. We must continually expose the people for the false teachers they are.

3 comments:

truthspeaker said...

Glenn, thanks so much for keeping this information in the forefront. With your permission I'd like to copy this post on my blog.
Thanks!
Joanne

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Permission is granted!

Anonymous said...

Thank you. I see this "excuse" for child rearing all the time. "Just doing what the Bible tells me to do." Abuse breeds abuse. Thanks for the stand against the Pearls.