Det. Robert R.
Berea, Ohio Police Department
I am a
Christian police officer in charge of our cityís Juvenile Crime
Unit. For years, I have compiled statistics that
indicate when parents eliminate corporal punishment from their
discipline plan, the child grows up with an attitude of "no fear."
when the parent is diligent in other areas of discipline, such as
taking away privileges and grounding, when that one element of
discipline, spanking, is taken away, the parent usually experiences
defiance problems throughout the teen years.
1982 in my city, the incidents of Domestic Violence cases where
children physically assault their parents has increased 700%. The
national statistics show an overall increase of almost 400%. I am
responsible for compiling all information on those offenses.
conduct interviews with the parents and child, along with school
officials and employers of the child. What I find startling, is that
of all those kids arrested in my city for hitting their parents,
only 1.9% received any type of corporal punishment as they were
being raised. Less than 2% of these aggressive, angry children were
spanked! The non-spanking "experts" contend that spanking a child
makes them angry and aggressive. The exact opposite is true!
non-spanking crowd are a close-knit group who are attempting to
convince the public to stop spanking their children. Their
attitude is one of arrogance. Their movement is humanistic. Their
religion is atheistic.
are prophesies that refer to children and the mindset of the younger
generation in the last days. 2nd Timothy 3:1 states "This know also,
that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be
lovers of their own selves, covetous, proud, blasphemers,
disobedient to parents......" Along with all of the other changes in
attitude, is the predicted change in the attitude of children toward
believe that the anti-spanking movement has, and will continue to
have, a hand in the fulfillment of Biblical prophesy. Unbeknownst to
the non-spanking advocate, they are helping to cause children to be
"disobedient to parents," something that was predicted in 2nd
Timothy in the year 66 AD. I believe that the elimination of
corporal punishment is the major factor in the attitude of "no fear"
that we are now experiencing in our youth.
about it. When you got grounded as a child, it was a real
inconvenience, but you werenít afraid of it. When you had the TV
taken away it was real boring, but you werenít afraid of it. What
made you move fast was hearing the leather coming out of dadís belt
loops! Thatís what really made you respect your dadís authority!
believe as Christians, we have a responsibility to educate parents
as to their responsibility and authority. I have recently written a
book called "No Fear," and hope to have it published in the near
future. We are being inundated by numerous sources telling us we
canít spank our kids. Psychologists, the Department of Childrenís
Services and Public School Counselors are telling us we cannot
discipline our children. Enough is enough!
protects a parent who wishes to spank their child, most parents just
donít know it! A parent must know the LIMIT of his or her power to
avoid exceeding it, and the EXTENT of the power to exercise it
fully. Once a parent knows to what extent they can go to control
their child, they can move forward without fear of arrest or
interference from the authorities. And once the child realizes that
the parent is in total control, the will is broken, and compliance
dedicated Christian, like those in Acts 17:11 "received the word
with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily,
whether those things were so," will see that Godís Word plainly
advocates spanking in child rearing. In order for the Christian to
effectively use the Bible as a reference to advocate corporal
punishment, he must know exactly what the Bible says about spanking.
That is why I believe your message is so important. I encourage you
to keep up the good work.
message on the Internet was of great encouragement to me. May God
bless you in your efforts. In His Name,
Det. Robert R. Surgenor
Berea, Ohio Police Department
Surgenor retired from his police department in 2002.