The power in the Word of God
As a parent I have had to make some difficult decisions. One of the decisions I had to make was whether or not to force my children to attend church with the family. As each became independent they each tried to convince me it wasn't necessary for them to go to church. I made a rule that everyone who lived in our home had to attend church.

My oldest son resented that rule. He went, but he made sure to let everyone know he didn't like it one bit! He wouldn't sit with us during church. During Sunday School and during church he either sat with his eyes shut and pretended to be asleep, or would glare at the teacher or pastor (or me, if he happened to catch my eye) and grind his jaw. If looks could kill we would have all been dead with just one look from him!!

One of the reasons my oldest son had for moving out was because we forced him to go to church. When I heard that I wondered if I had made a bad decision. (That was in the bad-old-days before I would pray about decisions I needed to make.)

My son ended up getting invited to a Bible study by some students at his college. He went to their Bible study and ended up getting saved (Praise the Lord!) and going to their church. He called me one day asking me how he would know he was saved. He had been hearing doctrine preached at the church he was attending that didn't match up with the things that had been taught in our church that he had been forced to attend.
We spent long hours discussing salvation, fruits of the spirit, baptism, and many other topics. He took scriptures I gave him and began doing a lot of searching on his own. He discovered he had gotten into a cult that was trying to tell him he wasn't saved until he was baptized by his "discipler" (the one who led him to the Lord). The "discipler" wouldn't baptize my son until the "discipler" felt my son was knowledgeable enough to get saved. (GOOD GRIEF!) My son left that church. He eventually moved back into our house and resumed going to our church. That time we didn't have to force him; he went willingly.

Some people advise against forcing children to attend church. Some are speaking from their own experience as a child and others from their experience as a parent. If the Word of God is being spoken in a church it will enter the hearts and minds of those present.

My son, like a sponge, had soaked up the Word of God which was spoken in our church.  The Word entered my son's head and heart despite his unwillingness. The Word of God is a powerful weapon. Consider the following scriptures describing the Word of God:

"So shall my Word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
Isaiah 55:11

"For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."
Hebrews 4:12


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