Critiques of the 'First-Time Obedience' Principle

'First-time obedience' has a strong foothold in certain circles of Christian fundamentalism, especially in authoritarian and patriarchal groups. The concept is taught by James Dobson, the Fugates, the Ezzos, and the Pearls. In the Geftakys Assemby Ginger Geftakys teaches the principle of first time obedience even for infants in her pamphlet on child training. Advocates of instant obedience believe spiritual principles are at stake. Children are born with hearts full of self-will and rebellion. This must be trained out of them as early as possible so they will become obedient to God. 

Those who disagree with this approach raise several issues. 

The following websites and articles present alternative views on child training:

First Time Obedience?

Joanne Ketch, MSW, GOYB (Get Off Your Butt Parenting)

First Time Obedience, Really?

Revisiting First Time Obedience

Does Discipline Really Produce Godly Character?

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