But I want to say something which is better than warning. One should take every care to raise his children from infancy in the discipline and instruction of the Lord … This generation of youth will not want to wed itself to the unbelieving world, but will let itself be warned.
With our help, in any case through our negligence, the unbelievers have almost exclusively taken the press into their service.
Pfotenhauer’s words are a sober reminder that we must teach our children of the dangers and snares we encounter living in this fallen world. Even more, they are a message of hope in our Savior, whose blood covers all sin.
It is a valid and wise institution of our faithful God that he has given us a spiritual storehouse in the memory, in which we are able to store up seed for the future.
We seek to reach this goal only through the clear, pure preaching of the Gospel, which yields its fruit in its proper time.
“To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and makes you all the more certain,” wrote St. Paul to the congregation at Philippi, and even so faithful and orthodox preachers remain with the old, often-preached truths of God’s Word.