Is child abuse sinful? Lately the Turpin Case has been in the news a lot, and I witnessed a Baptist completely justifying their child abuse. He said that the Turpin family did a good thing chaining up their children because that was protecting them from sin. He said that the police who intervened were wrong and that the parenting tactics the Turpin family used were good Christian parenting tactics. I personally feel very shocked and disgusted that someone who professes to be a Christian would justify such horrific child abuse.
Child abuse is sinful and indefensible. Parents who are guilty of child abuse have failed to carry out their God-given parental responsibilities and have not represented God well to their children (cf. the fourth commandment). Parents who are guilty of child abuse need to be called to repentance.