God does not discipline us to subdue us but to condition us for a life of usefulness and blessedness. In His wisdom, He knows that an uncontrolled life is an unhappy life, so He puts reins on our wayward souls that they may be directed into the paths of righteousness.
I have observed the lives of people whose parents treated them with unscriptural indulgence and I would say that, in varying degrees, they have all had difficult lives. To spoil your children is not kindness. Often, in fact, it is the expression of laziness. It takes much less effort to spoil your children than to discipline.
If you want to raise your children successfully, you must combine love with discipline. The way to produce unhappy, frustrated children, on the other hand, is to spoil them—to give them all they ask for, to do everything they want, to succumb to every demand. Children raised in this way will, when they grow up, expect life to treat them the same way their parents did. But life does not play the game that way! Life is pretty tough—and getting tougher.
There is little discipline in government, in school, in the home, or in most individuals. The rebellion against authority is also alive in the apostate church that has thrown discipline overboard and no longer mentions the necessity of submitting to spiritual and civil leadership. The alternative to discipline is mayhem where the nation has become an asylum, and the inmates are in charge.
William Marrion Branham, Mike Murdock, Justice Kojo Bentil, Billy Graham, Pastor Mensa Otabil, Dag Heward Mills, Benson Andrew Idahosa, Dr. Myles Munroe, Jerry J. Panou, Bishop Tudor Bismark, Rick Rigsby, David O. Oyedepo, Martin Luther King Jr., David Ibiyeomie, Kenneth E. Hagin, T. B. Joshua, Smith Wigglesworth, John C. Hagee, Brian Houston, Adrian Pierce Rogers, Ravi Zacharias, Chris Oyakhilome,