Little heathen?

(The following is from the biography
of Joseph Philpot
, written by his son)

There was nothing my father mistrusted more
than 'childhood piety.' He insisted that children
should never be taught or allowed to use the
language of 'personal possession' in reference
to God. To sing, for instance, "Rock of Ages,
cleft for ME" or, "MY Jesus".

Herein he was most logical. For by early influence
and example you can train up a child to be
. . .
  a little patriot,
  a little Catholic,
  a little Calvinist, or
  a little Bolshevist.

But no power on earth can make him a child of God.

He took great care that we, his children, attended
the means of grace, and never missed chapel or
family prayers. But he never expected us to be
anything but little heathen.

We had, it is true, to be well behaved little heathen.
If not, we got "the stick", or its equivalent.

"Who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the
 flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." John 1:13