Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. "Honor your father and mother" (this is the first commandment with a promise), "that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land." Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. -- Ephesians 6:1-4 (ESV)
God has roles we are supposed to fulfill. The Apostle Paul writes a great deal about these roles. Husbands are to love their wives and Christ loves the church. As the church submits to Christ so should wives submit to their husbands. He did not leave children out either as we see in the key verses. Honor your father and mother. Parents do not provoke your children but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. That means we are charged with raising our children by teaching them the word of God and applying the discipline God outlines when needed. Today's generation of youth have been raised as buddies of their parents and the results are evident. The church has not helped as youth are removed from the sanctuary where they might hear the Gospel and are instead given pizza parties and anything but discipline and instruction. Even younger children are not helped by a diet of veggie tale Christianity along with treatment as if they were adults. Eight year old children should not be getting baptized beloved. Yes they can say they love Jesus and maybe recite what prayer their Sunday School teacher taught them but they cannot conceptualize sin so how can they repent? Then fast forward to their teen years and their parents are confused when they are immersed in the world. As bad as this is how much worse is it if your parents are caught up in the apostate church? While I was not seeking this answer, Kris Vallotton of Bethel Church provided it this week with the above linked article that should scare us as Christians and parents. Let us reason together once more through his depraved mind and see what the devil has in plans for your children if you stay in apostasy.
"How many times have you seen a child move in the supernatural in church? I'm shocked to see that in most modern congregations, children are relegated to a lower seat of authority than adults. Jesus Himself said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these," (Matthew 19:14). Did you get that? It's time that the Body of Christ begins to walk in the profound truth that the Kingdom belongs to children, too! What if prophetic words, supernatural healings, and anointed worship included our littlest family members?" -- Kris Vallotton
Dear Lord. Kris Vallotton believes children should not have a lower seat of authority than their parents! His delusion is so thick he cannot see that while children will of course share in the kingdom, we are still on earth. He also clearly has no clue about scripture as the Matthew verse does not encourage you to treat children as you would adults. The kingdom belongs to those who have the faith of little children. Charismatic churches are chaotic enough with the adults let alone to allow the children to run roughshod. I have seen the mockery some churches have made of the organized church service by pretending children have the same authority as adults. Beloved it is also spiritually cruel to the children who love to please, play make believe and who could not possibly understand what is going on. It is nothing short of spiritual child abuse. Think how hard it is for the flesh to not give into the accolades an adult pastor receives and you think a child can handle it? Do we understand spiritual warfare at all? Do we understand the demonic and what we open our child up to? We are to provide them discipline and instruction; not our heretical beliefs and access to supernatural evil.
"Picture a world where kids are empowered in the supernatural, taught to hear from God, and have a real, living and breathing relationship with Him. Imagine how the Kingdom could advance if children were equipped with tools to overcome the schemes of the enemy. The same Spirit of power that lives in you and me resides in the little ones we're entrusted with! It's our great responsibility as adults to empower children into the breakthrough they are carrying both in their own lives and for the Church! So, how do we do that? Here are five things I believe we need to do, in order to empower our children and grandchildren into a supernatural lifestyle:" -- Kris Vallotton
Beloved, what we see here are the horribly heretical beliefs of the NAR false signs and lying wonders wanting to infect our children. When you see "taught to hear from God" you must realize that is code-speak in these circles. Through practices of eastern mysticism and centered prayer Vallotton believes that if we silence our brains long enough God will speak to our hearts. This is how modern false prophets operate as well. They do not realize that our hearts are wickedly deceitful above anything ever made. Without scripture as the guide that voice you are hearing is not God and you want to teach this to children? You want adults to believe prophetic words uttered by five year olds? Does the bible teach us to seek out the children in our church for the prayer of healing or the elders? This is dangerous for the church and especially for the children. They cannot conceptualize the enemy! Nor can they understand sin and repentance which means they are not operating with the indwelt Holy Spirit active in their lives. Our great responsibility is to discipline and instruct them -- period.
1. Teach them to value dreams. I'm not talking about dreams of the heart here, although that's also very important. What I mean is that children are very in-tune with the supernatural realm, and I know that most of them start off life as night dreamers. Ask your children questions about their dreams and help them remember and unravel what God was speaking to them at night. Better yet, teach them how to interpret their own dreams and you'll be preparing them for a lifetime of hearing God in this unique way. If you don't know to interpret dreams, get equipped and impart your knowledge to your children.