On September 20, 1856, Charles Spurgeon came home to an unexpected surprise – twin sons. Susannah had given birth on that Saturday morning to Charles and Thomas.
Spurgeon taught his sons to love the Bible. He also encouraged them to study the historic confessions of faith like the Westminster Catechism and the Second London Confession of 1689. To make sure his sons were grounded firmly in the gospel, Spurgeon waited until their eighteenth birthday to baptize them.
Both Thomas and Charles followed in their father’s footsteps and became Christian ministers. Spurgeon was constantly surrounded by children from the orphanage. He edited a catechism for kids and also wrote a book entitled Come Ye Children.
Spurgeon knew how to raise Godly children because his parents and grandparents raised him to fear the Lord. “Here, then, is the secret. You must impart to the young your own soul; you must feel as if the ruin of that child would be your own ruin.”
Some of Spurgeon’s famous quotes on raising children:
“As soon as a child is capable of being lost, it is capable of being saved.”
“Whether we teach young Christians truth or not, the devil will be sure to teach them error.”
“Some of the worst of men have been the children of godly parents.”
“If we never have headaches through rebuking our children, we shall have plenty of heartaches when they grow up.”
“We must not expect to see our children blessed unless we ourselves grow in grace.”
“You cannot pray for your children if you do not pray for yourselves.”
“It is not very easy, I know, to preach Christ to little children, but there is nothing else worth preaching.”
From The Spurgeon Center’s blog : “Spurgeon’s Secret for raising godly children” – 4 July 2017 www.spurgeon.org