Is Adult CP Biblical?

By: akadad4u

Is using corporal punishment on adults, a biblical concept?

PROVERBS 20:30 (KJV) The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly.

While the book of Proverbs in the Old Testament, and the book of Hebrews in the New Testament are both very clear regarding the use of corporal punishment as a form of discipline, many fail to understand the bible also endorses and gives examples of corporal punishment being used on adults. Do you really believe Proverbs 20:30 listed above, would refer to the discipline of small children? By default, discipline of this intensity could only be justified if it were administered on adults who committed serious offenses. Before you assume this particular verse from the KJV of the bible is a bit too strong, and a poor outdated interpretation of the original texts, see what the NIV translations says in this regard:

Proverbs 20:30 Blows and wounds cleanse away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.

While I don't endorse the NIV bible, it and many other translations leave no question as to the degree of punishment under consideration here. Again, do you really believe God is telling anyone to beat a child this hard? While the bible does teach parents they should use the rod of correction on children, no sane person would discipline a child in this manner. Proverbs 20:30 only makes sense, if it is understood in the context of whipping adults who have committed serious offenses.


The politically-incorrect crowd and the liberal religious folk say things like, "Jesus would never hit anyone." Of course they are totally wrong in this regard, as the scriptures clearly state:

John 2:15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables;

The bible tells us Jesus made what was in effect a WHIP out of small cords, and chased the money changers out of the temple. Why would Jesus do this, if He did not believe using a whip was the best way to clear the house? I believe there are some households where using a whip would be as justified, and effective in our day and time.

Let's look in one other place in the bible where the use of corporal punishment is both endorsed and promised for certain offenders:

Luke 12:47 And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.

This verse speaks of an earthly lord in context, so understand the lazy and disobedient servant was going to be sentenced to severe discipline. Jesus did not accuse the servants master of being cruel, because he had the servant beat with many stripes. Jesus is letting us know those who don't obey Him, will also get severe punishment when He returns in glory.

Luke 12:48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

This verse tells us even those who don't create major offenses, will also be worthy of strips too. If Jesus says some adults are WORTHY OF STRIPS, He is endorsing the concept of using corporal punishment on adults in no uncertain terms!


Adults by default, should be mature enough to live an overcoming life, and not do things that would merit their being disciplined in this manner. Those who can't or won't control their carnal self, may well benefit by being subject to some degree of corporal punishment based discipline and accountability. Let's look at a few examples, regarding this concept:

In places like Singapore and other nations, corporal punishment is a strong deterrent to crime. Nations where corporal punishment is considered to be "cruel and unusual punishment" are crime ridden, because there is little or no fear of being punished for criminal acts. The result is, it is the innocent victims of these criminals who receive "cruel and unusual punishment" at the hand of criminals who rape, rob, and kill them.

I believe the option of corporal punishment should be made available for prison wardens and other corrections officers, for use on the criminals who don't cooperate while serving time. I also believe judges should have the legal authority to sentence certain offenders to shorter terms in prison, if the convicted criminal will accept corporal punishment as part of their court sentence.

Many of these criminals were raised in homes where spanking was a rare event, setting the stage for a life lesson that taught them they could disobey without meaningful correction policies in place. Once these children became legal adults, they felt eternally liberated from being corrected by their parents or anyone else.

I believe children who remain living in their family home after they become legal adults, should be subject to their parents discipline as long as they reside in the family household. Believe it or not, many young adults still want accountability and discipline in life even after they move out of their family home. There is nothing worse than an 25 year old adult, living life as if they were 12 or 15 years old.

The world wide web and tabloids are full of personal ads for adults seeking accountability in life, because they either lacked discipline in life, or because they still need it to help them maintain control over their carnal self. Because the so-called social do-gooders look upon corporal punishment as either cruel, perverted, or both, these helpless adults have to look in the wrong places to obtain the discipline and accountability they seek in life.

The end result is these poor souls become trapped in relationships with those who draw them into various forms of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, and simply add to their misery and pain in life. Those who would make good mentors are usually too afraid of endangering their reputations, to make themselves know in a public manner.

The verses below, tell us our fleshy nature CAN NOT obey God. It says it is IMPOSSIBLE for our carnal nature to be influenced by God enough to change our wicked ways. While salvation is the only true way out of this carnal mess, many who are living life addicted to sin won't live long enough to repent from their sins and receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. Corporal punishment offers a "stop gap" measure, as physical pain is something our carnal nature wants to avoid at all cost. While a paddle will never save a single soul, it may help a sinner remain alive until they are called of the Lord and offered the gift of salvation from sin.


5: For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6: For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7: Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8: So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.


I am not saying corporal punishment is the answer to the problems of the world, nor is it necessary or suitable for most adults. What I am saying is, there are certain people who would greatly benefit by being held accountable for their offenses using corporal punishment. (criminals, out of control adults, and those who need or want to be disciplined for their offenses)

Corporal punishment is not a replacement for salvation, it is simply a means of helping certain people overcome their addictions and problems in life UNTIL and IF they repent, and trust God to make them into a new creation in-Christ. It appears as if the politically-correct crowd is more concerned about the blueness and the strips of physical discipline, than they are with the eternal souls who will burn forever because they managed to escape the physical discipline they escaped while living on earth.