A number of years ago, I heard about this wonderful parenting book and that should read it. I had heard a few things about it online but wanted to read it for myself because I hate when people form an opinion without actually checking into it themselves. I was fortunate to know someone who was willing to give me the book and so I read To Train Up a Child. I cried. I was in shock. I was angry. How could a man have such a twisted view of God as to write a book that parents will raise their children with? Tempting and beating children because they fell to the temptation all because God did the same thing? I guess he never really read Scripture. My copy of the book is filled with notes, underlines, arguments from me as if Mr. Pearl could hear through the pages.
Since then, I have spoken to people of how bad their parenting advice is and tat there are much better materials out there to listen to, starting with Scripture. This morning, I came across an article that someone posted on Facebook about a family who murdered their 7 year old adopted daughter and seriously injured their 11 year old adopted daughter - all while disciplining their children following teachings of a "Fundamentalist group based in Tennessee". I knew who it was even before I looked further into it. Apparently this little girl had such a beating that she died of "muscle tissue breakdown" after a lengthy beating in her parent's bedroom. What was her offense? She misspelled a word in her schooling. Oh...my....God.
I know there are those who take things to the extreme when following someone's advice but to beat a child to death for misspelling a word? Unbelievable. So there is now an uproar about Mr. Pearl's teaching and he has given a response to this uproar. I'd like for ANYONE to say that this is a godly man responding to a terrible death and explaining the stand that they take. There is NEVER an excuse to have that sort of response to ANYTHING. Humble? Gracious? Mourning the death of a child? No. Instead his pompous, arrogant style flies in the face of that small child who suffered untold pain in the moments (and months) before her death.
If there is any reason to say that the teachings of Michael Pearl are grossly dangerous, I'd say this is it.