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One biblical principle for leading your children to God is to teach them the Ten Commandments. Not to just have them in their memory, but to know what they mean both externally and spiritually. For instance, “You should not lie.” This includes telling a lie and keeping quiet when you could tell the truth.

Why expose your child’s lie? What does it matter–he’s only four! The commandments show us (even four year olds) our need of a Savior. The function of the moral law is to show us our sin (Romans 7). The way to salvation is to first realize God’s holiness in contrast with our own sinfulness. Then to see how my lies make me need a Savior. Even 0ne or two year olds can begin seeing both.

About Carol Brandt

I earned a B.A. in History from Florida State University and M.Ed in.Higher Education from Florida Atlantic University. I taught high school social studies before "retiring" to full-time homemaking and raising two daughters. Now I love being a grandmother to four boys and a girl. I have also raised five collies. My husband, John, was an optometrist, who worked tirelessly for his profession through private practice and as a consultant, and served on the Board of Trustees of Illinois College of Optometry for twenty years. Ernest Reisinger was my chief mentor in this warm-hearted application of Calvinism. He gave me many books! The Founders Journal and Founders Conferences, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, and Charles Spurgeon have been other sources of Reformed thinking as well as the other warm-hearted ones listed in my book, "Warm-hearted Calvinists."

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  2. Joshua & Cari

    Great start! I have a link to your site on our blog now!

  3. Hi, Mrs. Brandt! I’m one of Cari’s friends from Third Avenue in Louisville. She sent us an email telling us about your new blog, and I just wanted to tell you HOW excited I am to add your site to my favorites list. I benefitted so much from your teaching when you came to Third several years ago, so I’m glad that you are making your teaching available on the web! My 2 year old told her first lie several weeks ago (or at least the first lie that I caught). Her sinfulness certainly has expressed itself before that lie, but it served as a reminder of how deceitful sin is and how much she needs Jesus. I look forward to how the Lord will surely remind me of that truth by reading your blog.

  4. Mary,
    Thanks for joining the discussion and for reminding us of the deceitfulness of sin. The power of sin in all of us since the fall of Eve and Adam is great (as Romans 7 so aptly shows.) But, the function of the law is to expose that sin and lead us to seeking a Savior. The start is to teach the law, for how would your daughter recognize sin in herself if she doesn’t know even the Ten Commandments? Paul wrote Romans to those who already knew the law. Watch out! Keep your balance by teaching both the law and Christ Jesus. One without the other will land you in a ditch! And your child in a mess!

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