I promised that I would start providing snippets from my new book "Ten Deceptions That Destroy Godly Parenting." The book started as "The Ultimate Father Figure" because it details how God parented the nation of Israel, and how Jesus taught His disciples. I felt led (compelled actually) to change the title to distinguish this book from the thousands of parenting books on the market. As I prayed for ways to do this, God led me to see that for every truth He has for parents, Satan has a lie that undermines those truths. That was Satan's strategy in the garden, and because it worked then, he continues to use that strategy. Even more important to me and to the book, Satan's lies played havoc with my own parenting, so the book is very much a personal testimonial to the damage these lies do. My mission is to help parents avoid the lies, deceptions, and myths that can rob us of our effectiveness. But as I fleshed out my mission I needed to know, are these lies of Satanic origin, or are they simply misunderstandings people generate on their own?
People certainly do muddle things up as they seek their own way apart from God, and I don't want to give Satan more credit than he's due. As I debated this internally I recalled a passage in Scripture that answers the question with authority. Jesus said in John 8:44 "Whenever he (Satan) speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies." Jesus tells us that Satan was the original liar, and all lies ultimately proceed from him. Sure, we humans become 'carriers' for the disease of lying, but the germ started with Satan.
What does this debate mean for parenting? Isn't this just a theological issue with no practical application? I don't think so, and here's why. If parenting is a God-given job with the purpose to produce Godly offspring as Malachi 2:15 says, then God has a plan for how to do it. Satan wants to undermine that plan, because he is opposed to all that is Godly, and sabotaging the work of Godly parents is a strategic emphasis for Satan. You only have to look at the current state of the family to see that Satan has worked overtime to attack this precious institution.
If parents only need to dispel misconceptions then the answer is more information, but if in fact the greatest threat to Godly parenting is the demonic activity of Satan, then we must look to Spiritual resources that God alone can supply. Any parenting book will suffice if all we need is more information, but Christian parents are in a life and death struggle for their children's souls, and I intend to sound that alarm. Parents need to be warned about the work of their enemy, and that's what "Ten Deceptions That Destroy Godly Parenting" sets out to do. The only real weapon God gives us is His Scripture, and "Ten Deceptions" is at its heart a Bible study. My entire confidence in the book is vested in the Scripture it contains, not in my own words.
I struggle with the vanity of asking God to bless this book, and of promoting it to you through this blog, but I honestly feel this is an urgent need in the body of Christ. I'll let the apostle Paul have the last word on this matter. He said in Colossians 2:8 "See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ." Don't be taken captive!