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Godly Parents Have Godly Children – True or False?

Do godly parents have godly children? You need a truth table to help you answer that question. The answer is very important for your freedom. While you have the responsibility to be a Godly parent, ultimately children make their own choices.

So, let's ask some different questions. Is this a true statement? Great parents can have bad kids. Now consider this statement, is it true? Bad parents can have great kids.

Both statements are true, right?

Great Parents Have Great Children - True or False?

The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself. – Ezekiel 18:20

Truth Table

The table pictured on the video thumbnail above is what we call a "Truth Table." It allows you to take two things you see as linked together and provide insight on how they are not linked.

That table provides the answers to the questions asked in the first two paragraphs above. Here is how you would read the table.

  1. Godly parents "+" have godly children "+"
  2. Ungodly parents "-" have ungodly children "-"
  3. Godly parents "+" have ungodly children "-"
  4. Ungodly parents "-" have godly children "+"

If you believe that godly parents will have godly children, you will have a difficult time seeing the reality that the options represented by the 4 boxes on the right side are true.

The table is not assigning probabilities, it is only identifying what is TRUE. If you only accept the first 4 boxes on the left side, you are operating in 50% of reality.

Who Is Responsible?

Read Ezekiel 18 to see what God thinks about children and parents. It starts in verse 1 with a proverb about fathers eating sour grapes and the children setting their teeth on edge. In verse 3, God says He never wants to hear that proverb again. If you get the picture of the proverb, father is eating sour grapes, but the children are the ones reacting to the sourness, then you will see what is happening. The children are blaming the father for the way they turned out.

God says, I never want to hear that again (verse 3). But, why are the children saying it? Because that is what God said in Exodus 20:5 "...visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me..." So, it is understandable they would be thinking this way.

But God is setting the record straight. Even if there are consequences from your parent's behavior or consequences from your children's behavior, the real issue is YOUR BEHAVIOR! That is made abundantly clear in verse 20.

The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself. – Ezekiel 18:20

It is imperative to understand what God is telling you here. Even if you are the most reprobate parent, the ultimate end for your child is still their decision for or against God. He will hold them accountable for choosing Him or not. And, God will hold you accountable for being a reprobate parent, but not for your children's decisions.

More discussion about this passage would be helpful, but for now, I will go on.

Why Is This Important?

If you have great children that honor God, excellent. If you have reprobate children that dishonor God, that is sad. Either way, the issue you need to focus on is your behavior, not theirs. Are you being the parent God wants you to be right now? If you are walking with God, I hope that you continue. And, I hope that your children continue to be godly.

At any point in time, either one of you can change, AND, it is your individual decision. You might try to blame your parents for the way you are, or your children for how they turned out, but God says that is not acceptable. You are responsible for your decisions and they are responsible for theirs.

This is about trusting God no matter the lifestyle of your children. Are you willing to trust that His plan is PERFECT, in spite of what you see?

This is a critical message about freedom, humility, and accountability. As parents, are we willing to accept it?

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