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Parenting the Prodigal: Grab Him By His Baptism


“Grab him by his baptism.” This is how the godly Puritan father of Matthew Henry described his discipline of his children, as grabbing them by their baptism.  He understood that baptism placed the name and calling of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit on his children.  So he viewed correction of sinful behavior as his covenantal duty to reclaim them for Christ.  In like manner, regardless of the depth of sin into which a young person may have fallen, our efforts should be toward calling to him as a believer to return wholeheartedly to the Lord.  Do not prematurely start referring to him as an unbeliever.  As the Scriptures show, Christians can do some pretty awful things in their disobedience.

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