Does Punishment Really Produce Godly Character?

I just found out about the group known as the Assembly under the ministry of George and Betty Geftakys. I had not heard of them before this, but as they were using the teachings of Michael and Debi Pearl (as well as Fugate and Ezzo,) they are of interest.  Apparently, they are another cultic and spiritually abusive group.   In fact, Betty Geftakys had her own pamphet about child training which almost makes the Pearl’s training methods look mild by comparison.

The post I want to highlight today is from Meg, a former member of that group,  and is entitled, Does Discipline Really Produce Godly Character…?

About Hermana Linda
Hermana means sister in Spanish and Linda is my name. I was born in late 1960 to a mother who had traveled around the world and had been impressed at the baby wearing she saw in Africa and Japan. While in Japan she purchased the baby carrier in which she is wearing me in my avatar. By the grace of God, I trusted Jesus as my personal savior in 1983. He gave me a husband in 1987 and 2 sons in the early 1990's. All glory to God.


  1. Margaret says:

    Thanks for linking to my post on child training. It’s good to get the word out to Christians who mistakenly think that abusive methods are God’s way.

    • Thank you for writing it. It fits right in with the reason I made this site. I agree that we must get the word out and warn people before they fall into false teachings. It is so much better for everyone if they can be pre-warned and avoid the error. Once they fall into error, getting out is very hard and they are never unscathed. We must do what we can to protect the children who bear the brunt of the fallout.

  2. James T Murphy says:

    I just read Margaret’s article on child training. Can only say that any child that does not have structure and discipline in their life is certainly being neglected by their parents. Does holding children responsible for their behavior contribute to their character development? As a father of 4 godly adults I would have to say YES!!

    • Nobody is arguing against holding children responsible for their behavior. One can certainly impart structure and discipline without being controlling and abusive. There is a lot of middle ground between trying to control a child’s every thought and action and allowing them to grow up without any boundaries or guidance. Welcome to my blog. I have a lot of info here, I’m sure you will find much of interest.

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