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February 15, 2012
In the News

I did something to my man this past month, something I never believed possible: I put makeup on his nose. Yep, you heard me correctly. The news folks said he needed a little lipstick, but that is where he drew the line. You will never know how difficult it has been on the old boy … and he did it for you!

This battle with the press reminds me of the days back in the early ‘80s when we were forced to meet the press over the homeschool issue. It was bad in those days; even the conservative Christians felt that anyone who homeschooled was rebellious. After all, a good Christian always obeys the powers that be, and in those days homeschooling was breaking the law. Really, at that point there was no law for or against homeschooling, only the law of truancy from the government-mandated public schools.

Do you know that NOW your liberties are being threatened in a much greater way? There is a group of elitists that would like to take away the rights of the parent. They want to get in the home. They don’t believe you know how to raise your children. They lost the homeschooling battle, so they chose a new inroad—spanking, which they call “hitting.” It is a way they can take control of the family, and it is downright scary. Sweden passed laws against all forms of corporeal punishment 33 years ago, so it is the ideal laboratory in which to observe the consequences of abandoning traditional child-training methods. The generation raised on positive affirmation is now in their early thirties, and over 50% of the children are in some kind of therapy. Teen violence, crime, and antisocial behavior have risen 600%. In addition, parental violence against children has risen dramatically. Yet the law remains in place as people police-spy on each other and report any parents who would dare use any form of corporeal discipline upon their children. In accord with a UN mandate, 28 other countries have made it a crime to physically discipline children. Parents are placed in jail (and children are put into the government system) for practicing traditional child training. It is coming to the US. The question is when? Five years from now or twenty-five? I don’t know, but the media has chosen Mike and No Greater Joy as the representatives of traditional parenting, and they are coming at us with lying vengeance. Mike did two TV interviews last week and one on the radio. Tomorrow a crew is flying in from the East Coast to do their best to promote their socialist, progressive, anti-family agenda. So tomorrow, again, I will dot makeup over Mike’s old, spotty nose and he will stand on your behalf and fight the battle for parents to be free to raise their children in the admonition of the Lord. Pray for him. Your children need him to win this battle.

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  1. We saw one TV interview and it was obvious that they had edited out much of the good teaching Mike has to offer. We pray that God will cause this coming interview to bring glory to Himself and will retard the misguided trend against parental freedom to spank their children. Beloved Pearls, keep up the good fight on our behalf.

  2. Thank you so much for wearing makeup for us and our children. This matters so much, because it is not just them shunning us it is them trying to make us criminals. God Bless America!

  3. Thank you, thank you, thank you! You are in our prayers daily. God has used your ministry to change our lives in every way thinkable. Keep on pressing on!

    1. I want to thank all of you who wrote an encouraging note to us. It makes us glad and to have courage to press on. As parents to young children it is easy to become fearful to speak out for our rights as parents. History teaches us that the fearful silent always loose and the militant takers always bring suffering to those who just want to live their lives in peace. Homeschoolers must speak with one voice is they are to keep their freedoms.
      You can help by using social media to speak your mind. LIKE us on facebook, etc when there is an article that stirs you. Like other ministries that speak on your behalf. “finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might…and having done all, to stand. Stand… Eph 6

  4. Thank you, thank you NGJ Ministries for standing up for the truth, especially during a time where truth is so relative, even among so called believers. I often think of the verse that speaks of “in the end times children will become disobedient to their parents…” The government is making sure that this comes to pass, not to mention parents who are allowing the public school system and its evil agenda to raise their children. Its so sad.

  5. Thank you so much to Mike and Debi for all you do (including wearing makeup – that brings to mind such a mental picture!)! May the Lord bless you as you fight on the front lines for families. Don’t grow weary – there are many grateful people out there praying for y’all. God bless your work!

  6. Thank you, Michael and Debi. You have been such a help in our parenting. Shedding light where there was no light.

    I have watched two interviews and while watching I wonder if I would be bold enough to speak truth as Michael has been. You inspire us and give us courage. Thank you for your stand as so much heat comes your way.

    I will be praying for you and please know that there are families out there who still care to raise children God’s way and we need help.

    You all are a tremendous blessing,

    Nichole Boggs

  7. I am so scared that the people out there who are lazy and so self-absorbed to be held accountable to the children are going to take my rights away. We have 4 children and have used Mike’s encouragement and instructions in training them. Please continue the fight for us Mike, the parents still deep in the training. We will be praying!

    Thanks again, God Bless Your ministry!

    Fred and Jennifer Bittner

  8. Mike and Debi, thank you for representing us as a whole to a nation that has forgotten how their parents and grandparents were raised. Society was more moral, respectful, and God fearing in those days. As they drift farther away from the Truth of Gods Word, and The Lord Jesus Himself, they are ignorant and lack wisdom to raise their children. So sad. Thank you so much for putting your lives in the forefront of this spiritual battle, I am sure it is hard. Thank you for opening our eyes, people compliment our children and us all the time on how different they are from the children nowadays. Our kids know they are different, but they know it is right, the way God would have them be. They know the truth, and will raise their children in that same truth. Thank you for your biblical teaching without a doctrinal spin. God Bless you and keep you, In Christ,

  9. A big THANK YOU for standing up to this! Our children were homeschooled and are starting their own families. As grandparents of little ones, we appreciate what you are doing for the benefit of the next generation. Our prayers are with you in this battle!

  10. Dear Pearls,
    Thank you so much for the stand you have taken for all of us; I truly don’t know where I would be as a parent without your wisdom. The Lord has blessed you, and you have passed that treasure on. May He continue to guide and direct your path. Our family will be praying for you!

  11. I pray for you and your family and those around you EVERY DAY. I appreciate everything you do to help us in any way you have done it.

    I agree with you. Everything is going against family values and homeschooling one of the ways I have taken a stand against it is by signing the petition and supporting the Constitution Ammendment that will empower parents to do what the Word instruct with their children. It is in

    God bless you again, over and over. Stand firm, we are behind you in prayer more than anything. And what can be better than prayer?

    1. You are right being proactive in your stand as a parent because there are many people wanting to take away the parent’s rights. It is easy to defeat a scared silent people. Rights have to be defended.

  12. Praise God for people who will stand up for the truth. Every man, woman and child that fears God and hates evil is standing with you! I deserved every spanking I got as a child and I ALWAYS knew my parents loved me. If I didn’t get spanked when I knew I’d earned it, I’m pretty sure I would have turned out pretty messed up too. As it is, I have a life full of joy and fulfillment. Praise the living God, Jesus!

  13. “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro, thoughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward hims.”
    Thank you for standing strong and loud and resting on the promises of God.

  14. We are very grateful to God for raising up the Pearl Family to encourage us in bringing up our children in the Lord. There is so much to it and we are very thankful for all their great biblical helps. God bless you all as you fight the good fight. Greater is He who is in you than he that is in the world. Praying for you all.

  15. Lord God Almighty protect Michael & Debi as they fight this battle for those of us without a microphone. Strengthen them to say what needs to be heard to those who are needing to hear! Open the hearts & minds of those listening to hear the truth…May your Name be Praised In Jesus Name~

  16. What saddens me, is that many Christians won’t discipline their children…So, it’s not likely that Christians will fight for the parental right to apply loving, Biblical discipline. People ‘assume’ that your children were ‘easy’ (Yeah-they came out of the womb like that *snort*), and theirs are just ‘stubborn’. I wish Christians would discipline & support other loving parents as they discipline. You have a great ministry & you will be in our prayers.

  17. Thank you dear Pearls for standing up for what is right and for fearlessly proclaiming the truth to this world. May the Lord richly bless you as you bless the world by your faithfulness in teaching God’s ways. We will be praying for you as well.
    David and Marina Shishko

  18. Having acting experience, I do know how the makeup process goes. The guys despise and the girls love it. So I feel for you Mr. Pearl. Although the good side about is that you get to spend more “close time” with you wife.
    But on a more serious note. I do appreciate all that you do. You are such a figure head for men. I know you are not perfect and it is only through the grace of God that you are who you are. So in such a picture that I have painted.
    I thank you so much Mr. Pearl. And to you as well Mrs. Pearl

  19. Ask the people who interveiw you why they don’t comdemn Islam for beating/killing their own family members for getting out of line. They won’t be able to come up with a reasonable explaination. Fight on! fellow soliders in Christ.

  20. Please know that when we see you on tv, prayers are going up to our heavenly father. That many ears will hear and many eyes will see God’s truth. Thanks so much for all that you do! Do not be weary in well doing!! May God richly bless you!

  21. Thank you so much for your sacrifices. Your methods have made my children such happy, peaceful children. I thank you for fighting so diligently for our rights! We continue to uphold you in prayer.

  22. I am almost 40 now, so my upbringing was just on the tail end of the last of old-fashioned values. I respect my parents very much and wouldn’t trade them for the world. That being said, there are some things that I have chosen to do differently with my two children. In 2008 my mother and I took my 6 and 8-year-old children on a 2 1/2 week road trip to visit extended family. I was very clear in my expected behaviour of my children and the consequences for failing to abide by expectations (spanking). Even my own mother thought I was too strict and told me so. Long story short, we had an excellent family vacation, saw lots of extended family who had never seen the children, discovered new things about people I hadn’t seen in several years, and guess what! Every single relative phoned my parents and told them what well-behaved grandchildren they had! Thank you for continuing to teach what needs to be taught. It is still okay to spank here in Canada, but I am concerened what the law will be for my children’s children.

  23. I had never heard of you or your book until I saw you being interviewed on the news. I was so refreshed to hear how patient and kind you were in explaining the difference between loving discipline, and those who vent their anger on children. I was so sad to hear them blame your book for the actions of these people who killed their children. I just wanted to encourage you and thank you for sharing truth and not flinching in the line of fire. I was so blessed to see your beautiful daughter interviewed. She radiated so much confidence and love, which in my opinion only supports your credibility. I will be praying for you and am thankful that God is using you to speak truth in a loving way.

  24. Dear Brother, Mr. Pearl, thank you! God bless you and your precious wife Debi, your books and wisdom has helped to our family a lot.

  25. As a grandmother of 4, #5 coming in July, I sincerely thank you. They have a beautiful family with well behaved happy children. They have visited with you and your family and view your direction and guidance with utmost respect.

  26. I was raised in a home where my mother would have told anyone she did not believe in spanking. She didn’t. However, when she totally lost control, the children got HIT with whatever she could get her hands on. When I was a young parent, I didn’t resolve not to spank my children, I resolved that unlike my parent, I would train and discipline my children, give them life skills and guidance and I used Michael and Debbi Pearl’s book as my guide.

    I have now given copies of the book to each of my children as they began raising grandchildren. But times and styles are different. How ironic it is to watch them reason and “negotiate” everything with toddler tyrants till they are ready to screech and beat them just like their ’50s “progressive” grandmother did!

  27. “How soon do we forget what elders used to know: That children should be raised, not left like weeds to grow.”
    – Art Buck

    I am in my 40’s and my dad did most of the spanking when I was younger. IT was NEVER in anger. Only sad disappointment. He use to say, Lisa this hurts me more than it hurts you. Of course as a child I thought…what does THAT mean? I am the one hurting!! BUT… when I married and the children started to come and that old ugly sin came up only then did I really know what he meant. I hate spanking my child because it hurts my heat but I am commanded to do so. But I know this child is learning and fearing God by my sad and disappoint look that I remember my father giving me. Thanks Dad. I miss you.

  28. I, now in my 30’s, am familiar with spanking because in Asia it was a norm to be spanked when you are wrong. Traditionally it’s a legitimate way of establishing right and wrong, and respect of authority, and that the parent CAN spank the child. I’m glad S’pore and M’sia are still practicing corporal punishment on ppl bringing drugs into those countries because it works! instead of making something that destroys life seem like it deserves sympathy & excuse. In many Asian cultures, or shall we say ‘developing’ countries, where centralize governance is still limited by capacity, parents and society are still aware of the roots, what respect and boundaries are about, because there is a stronger sense of religion and conscience, and less government intervention. We need sensibility & objectivity, not perversion, not somebody to come and tell us what they think should be right or wrong so they can have control of our lives and our childrens’. We are rightful parents to our children We, one way or another had ancestors who used traditional methods to raise their children. They (and most parents now if they so choose to exercise themselves with God given sensibilities) are the best parents God has chosen for the children. Do away with modern psychology & gloss. Go back to the roots. Love and learn through life. God will give the answers. Bless you Micheal Pearl, we need more real men like you in western countries. Be strong and courageous. God sees all of it.

  29. Its so interesting the claims that are being made against spanking. I spank my 4 year old and there is not a day that goes by that she does not tell me she loves me and several times a day at that. She says that she loves me to the moon and back. Then with all of her might she tries to demonstrate how far that is with her little arms. She daily gives me what she calls the “bigger hug” where she goes all the way to the living room and runs thru the dining room down the hall to my room and into my arms almost knocking me over. Every day she tells me that I am the best Mom “EVER!”. Then sometimes she whispers and tells me, “I gotta secret!” Then I lean in and ask what is it? She leans towards my ear says, “Jesus loves you” and smiles the most glorious smile. I don’t know?? Does this sound like a child who is being abused??

    1. Ebony, do you know why dogs lick people and each other? It is a sign of submission. Since puppies typically lick, and people and dogs tend not to hurt puppies, it is their way of saying “I’m just a little puppy, don’t hurt me”. And we mistake it for affection.