To indoctrinate means to teach somebody a belief, a doctrine, or an ideology thoroughly and systematically, especially, with the goal of discouraging the acceptance of a contrary opinion. It means to coach, to inculcate, to instill, to drill, etc.
As we get closer to the return of Jesus, perilous times have come and in time like this, Christians must indoctrinate their children with the Bible doctrine to ensure that they are not ignorant of the devices of the devil, and that they overcome them.
We are living in dangerous times when the world is being turned upside down by the devil. The prophecy about the last days’ happenings according to 2Timothy 3:1-4 has come to fulfillment
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lover of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God…”
The devil has an agenda. He thinks he can fully take over entire humanity on earth and he is working hard towards achieving this daily. One very strong strategy he has adopted is winning children over to himself right early. At a time when parents think their children are still too young to be taught certain things, the devil on the other hand, uses various schemes to indoctrinate them with all forms of perversion even from babyhood. At very developmental stage of a child the devil has something he uses to take over their minds. He has strategically planned against these innocent children using long range weapons. He systematically pumps in his destructive doctrines though things t5hat do not appear to be dangerous like toys, cartoons, computer games, musical videos children’s story books, movies, pornography, homosexual acts, sex, internet, games, partying and many others.
There are so many popular cartons and video games out there that have no virtue to teach any child. They are filled with pranks and violence. Some are out rightly demonic. Unfortunately, they become so popular that many of these characters are turned to toys for the children to play with and the clamour for them. How can Christian parents buy this type of things for their children and think they will not be negatively affected by them? There are many good Christian cartons, games toys, and movies out there that will positively impact our children. We should fill our homes with them.
We can trace most of the violence among our youths today to the type of computer games movies and what they do on the net. The company of friends they hang out with is another factor. Some of the TV programs are not helping either; they amplify evil sometimes this year in America, 10 high school boys were raping a girl and 10 other boys were watching and filming the scene with their handsets. To them, it was fun. In another incident, two school boys were fighting, and another boy hit one of the boys on the head with a heavy plank and he died instantly. Instead of quelling the fight, the people around were filming the event. To them it was fun. Violence among teenage girls is on the increase. Many times, it results in death. The devil has programmed the minds of this generation to see evil as good, and good as evil. They derive pleasure in wickedness.
Taking your children to church is not enough. As parents, we must show them strong examples of godliness through our own character and attitude to life. We are their first bibles. We must sit them down from time to time and pump Christian doctrine and virtues into them right early in life. As Christians, let them know the dos and don’ts. Say them repeatedly. Do not say they are to young to understand. The devil is not waiting until they are old. He is catching them young. Hi8s agents are working hard daily. They are in the government and also in the school system. Can you imagine 5 years old being given story books that support homosexual relationships in school? It is a common thing these days to see less than 10 years old deeply involved in homosexual acts. They are taught to believe it and practice it. With the belief that homosexual relationship is good at that age, it will be hard to convince them otherwise later in life when they grow older. We need to indoctrinate them even from babyhood that marriage is between a man and a woman. Gen.2:24 “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”
Teach your children to keep their bodies. Tell them not to allow anybody to touch their private parts. It is not a toy. There are many useless men and women out there that like sleeping with babies and little children. Another common lie of the devil is that it is not good to remain a virgin at age eighteen. Teach your teenage children the dignity of virginity. Let them know that sexual intercourse is between married men and women. Inform them about the danger in sleeping around. Be blunt, and tell them that sex outside of marriage is a sin. Parents should keep themselves pure and show their children good examples.
Life is not about entertainment, sports and sex. Teach your children right early, the dignity in labour. it is an error for parents to be cooking in the kitchen or be busy with house chores while their children sit in front of television doing nothing if you have a business or ministry, carry your children along. Let them get involved in whatever you do. Children of today love spending money but they don’t want to go through the right process of making money. Teach them that hard work does not kill. No matter now rich you are if your child refuses to work, you may need to deny him or her some pleasure. If not, you may be raising a generation of destroyers.
One of the most important doctrines you must pump into your children is the effect of sin and the reality of hell. The world is playing down the existence of hell, even in the church. The word ‘sin’ is almost disappearing from the pulpit. Teach your children to abstain from sin. Let them know the Jesus died on the cross and through the blood He shed on the cross we are redeemed. Teach them the need to repent whenever they fall into sin.
In summary therefore, indoctrinate your children with Christian doctrine and virtues right early in life. Keep talking even when you think they are not listening, don’t stop talking. Remember the bible says “Train up a child in the way he should go when he grows up he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6. Later in life your children may forget the food you fed them with, the clothes you bought for them, the school fees you paid and some other physical contribution to their lives, even your face (what you look like) may be forgotten except they look at your photograph but one thing is sure; they will not forget your WORD and THE WORD OF GOD which have made indelible imprints on their hearts.
By Rev. Yvonne O. Pelemo.