Is Spanking Children OK?

Child Is spanking children OK for Christians? I believe so, under certain circumstances. But, I'd like to hear what you have to say.

From the San Francisco Chronicle "Mommy Files" blog:

A Texas woman was sentenced to five years probation after pleading guilty to the charge of Injury of a Child. What did this Corpus Christi mother of three do? She spanked her then nearly 2-year-old daughter.

"You don't spank children today," said Judge Jose Longoria. "In the old days, maybe we got spanked, but there was a different quarrel. You don't spank children."

Prosecutors are requiring Rosalina Gonzales to take parenting classes, follow Child Protection Services (CPS) guidelines, and pay $50 to the Children's Advocacy Center in addition to being on probation.

Gonzales spanked her daughter in December 2010. Her daughter's paternal grandmother noticed red marks on the child's bottom and took her to a hospital to be checkied out, according to KZTV-10, Corpus Christi.

The state has put Gonzales's three children in the hands of the grandmother. The mother is working with CPS to regain custody.

Now, I've read a proposal for an anti-spanking law for California. What do you think? Is spanking OK for Christians? If so, under what circumstances? I know godly people on both sides of this one.

By the way, I'm going to go out on a limb and say Thanksgiving is going to be awkward between the mom and grandmother.

Dr. Tim Spivey is Pastor of New Vintage Church in Escondido, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on numerous websites, including:, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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