The pastor of Calvary Baptist Church of Temecula says in a post called, Enduring Sound Doctrine:
One writer who started out with some fairly sound material on raising children but has moved subtly away from sound doctrine is Michael Pearl. I have recently removed all of his material from my personal library and from the church library because of the misguided nature of what he’s lately been teaching. After some research, I found a number of serious errors in his teachings.
Personally, I do not believe that Mr. Pearl’s doctrine has changed much over the years. It’s just that the more he writes, the more his doctrine is exposed.
Here are two quotes from his first book, To Train Up A Child, which I feel show some rather questionable doctrine:
The guilt burdened soul cries out for the lashes and nails of justice. Your child cannot yet understand that the Creator has been lashed and nailed in his place. Only the rod of correction can preserve his soul until the day of moral dawning.
The parent holds in his hand (in the form of a little switch) the power to absolve the child of guilt, cleanse his soul, instruct his spirit, strengthen his resolve, and give him a fresh start through a confidence that all indebtedness is paid.
Of course, there are many other quotes from that book which show some very questionable child raising advice. For more analysis of the Pearls’ doctrine, please see these posts as well as the Parenting in the Name of God series.